Deltaville Walking Tour – October 24, 2012

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Big day today! Brian, Matt, Jess, and I headed ashore in Deltaville. We had a checklist of stops along our way to visit Scott and Kim at Chesapeake Boat Works where Anthyllide was on the hard.

We took a romantic walk, guys out-speeding us up front and gals strolling behind, down Lovers Lane to the local library to use the wifi connection. Brian was able to download new charting program, iNavX, along with several charts that we would need in the coming weeks. In the meantime Jess caught up with gossip magazines, I read about Bahamas islands in a travel guide, and Matt consulted with Brian about charts.

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After the library, we stopped at West Marine. This was the largest West Marine that I had experienced. Who knew we would find it in little Deltaville! We browsed for a while and made mental lists of items we would purchase on the way home so that we didn’t have to carry them around all day.

Onward to Fishing Bay Road that led us to Anthyllide. Along the way Matt walked right through a spider web. Then Brian cleverly tried to move the huge spider still attached to a web that was hanging in our path, but instead he swung the spider around in a circle toward all of our faces. As we dodged to get out of the path of the now flying spider Jess ended up falling on the ground! Brian managed to get the spider into the woods and Jess was totally fine, thank goodness! There was no more touching spiderwebs after that.

At the Chesapeake Boat Works yard we had just missed Kim, she was on her way to Richmond to deliver chain for re-galvanizing. But we did get to interrupt Scott from his work for a bit. We took a peek at Anthyllide’s bottom, looking good! Scott and Kim had scraped, sanded, and re-painted. Jess and I admired Kim’s very straight water line. We chatted in the yard for quite a while sharing updates on boat projects, Scott & Brian found a new commonality in mushroom harvesting, and we compared our adventures in Washington DC. We finally let Scott get back to work and set out back toward town.

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I did sample some of the many soy beans that we passed along our travels. They were dry, clearly. It was not my best find for scavenging.

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The next stop on our list was the grocery store, still .5 miles away. We stumbled upon the Waterways Guide office/headquarters – this was a surprise to me but the readers of Serendipity informed me that this location was written right in the guide. On our way in we startled the gal working as she wasn’t expecting customers to come into her office. Matt and Jess purchased the Bahamas guide fresh off the press 2013 edition.

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Back on the road we checked the map because we thought we had maybe passed the grocery store. We now have a new map thanks to our iPad updates while in the library earlier that morning. Goodbye Google Maps, Hello iMaps. I was NOT happy about this. But did apple even ask if we wanted their silly maps, no! The map told us we had passed the grocery store so we doubtfully turned around. The Scott went whizzing past in a car! How he had acquired this car…hmmm. He turned around to give us a lift to the grocery store that we hadn’t passed (way to be accurate, iMaps). Scott was driving the boat yard’s lender car. Pretty sweet wheels, a chevy SUV, made piling in easy.

Famished, we got lunch and a few staple items at the grocery store. We chowed down on the stoop. Classy cruisers!

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On the walk back Scott passed by once again. We were nearly in the same location. He gave us a lift to West Marine where we completed that mental checklist created earlier. Carrying all our goods now we headed directly for the dinghy to get us back home.