We headed back down the Potomac to the Maryland side and took the St. Mary's River to St. Mary's City. This is an historical city rather than a modern city. St. Mary's College is located here. We dropped anchor in an area called Horseshoe Cove, where the college's sailing center is located and we used their dinghy dock. Not to say that this area is small but the student dock masters and the lady at the Historic St. Mary's Visitors Center all told us that if we wanted to eat out, we were welcome to eat in the college cafeteria, open 8-1 and 5-6 each day.
We were experiencing more weather days at anchor. It was a good thing we decided to stay put and err to the side of caution. On the afternoon of our second day, the sky darkened considerably. The winds picked up and the lightening was visible as the clouds rolled in. A boat of Gold Loopers approached the anchorage just before the rain came. Well, the skies opened up. Even though it was well before sunset, it was dark. The lightning lit up the sky. We put our trust in our Rocna anchor. The winds were putting it to the test. Finally, the worst of the storm passed. The winds were not forecast to die down for another day. We spent a quiet day on board. I did inside cleaning, washing the floors, vacuuming the rugs, dusting, etc. In the afternoon, we dinghied over to the Grand Baron and joined her crew for docktails. They finished their loop in February of 2016. Their plan is tour Montreal this year.
Back on our boat as darkness fell, we heard loud splashing near the boat. John and I stepped out on the back deck. We scared the heck out of a co-ed who had on a dare swam out to touch our boat. She did not know that there was anybody aboard. She was obviously embarrassed and apologized for bothering us. We could hear her compadres on shore laughing loudly. Well, she has a funny story to tell about her college experience now.
5/27 The winds and waves had died down. We awoke early to take a completely delightful cruise to Solomons, Maryland. This time when we passed the Point No Point Lighthouse (yes that is the name) there was no fog. I got a nice clear picture.
5/28 We scrubbed the outside of the boat today. It really needed it. After our cleaning was done, we hopped in the dinghy and toured the Solomons waterfront by water. The number of slips here is amazing. There are some current loopers that we met this morning. We gave them touring advice. I hope they have a great day. While it is raining this afternoon, tomorrow promises to be a nice travel day to Annapolis.