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July 29, 2017


A Few of Our Favorite Things: Life on the Chesapeake

by frankandems

Don’t pass out… but the blog rides again!

Quick catch up… and most of you reading this already know this, but Frank retired in March. No really. He means it this time. So he is not living out of state for work any more – he is really, really here in Annapolis with me full time. This is truly home now.

It has been quite a while since we posted about our move to Annapolis. We celebrated two years of home ownership here in May. And how do we know when we moved in? Because it was the same week as the Blue Angels Show! Their demonstration is an annual event here during commissioning week at the Naval Academy. It is something you put on your calendar 6 months in advance and make sure you don’t have any out of town commitments on those days! And it is SPECTACULAR! That leads us to our first Chesapeake favorite…


And of course, one of the main reasons for moving here is the amazing sailing! Eleanor Q lives with us now which means staying on top of boat projects all the time. But it also means taking her out on a more regular basis!

But Annapolis also means Frank gets to race! He has been testing the waters (literally) by crewing on different boats. So far he has raced on J-30s and J-24s. Although he makes 61 look good, he’s trying to decide what race boat makes the most sense for him at this stage in the game. Lately he test drove a Laser which is a one-person racer. (That also means he’s the captain which suits him.) Stay tuned as his racing career evolves. I promised myself that I’d race this year to help with my sailing skills… perhaps next year. Stay tuned on that one, too.


But our latest love is anything related to Blue Crabs. We both read “Beautiful Swimmers,” a wonderful book that gives a peek inside the business and culture of crabbing and crabbers on the Chesapeake including detailing the reproductive life of the blue crab in more detail than you ever thought you wanted to know! Frank has his crabbing license and is perfecting the trot line method of crabbing. Let’s just say, we have had some AMAZING crab feasts on our deck this year! We have come a long way from our early days of using weights and twine on floating water bottles (although that was pretty effective some days, too).



We have a lot of visitors to our house, and not just the two-legged kind! There is WAY more “nature” here than we would have ever imagined. Critters of all kinds like to hang out around Lake Ogleton (where we live). By the way, “lake” is a misnomer. It is more of a harbor than a lake in that it has an inlet to the bay as opposed to being self contained. Anyway, we have critters and they’re fun to watch.



Still in the nature category is just the scenic nature of this entire area. Nicole said to me this morning (during our latest crabbing trip), “Pictures just can’t do this place justice.” She’s absolutely right… but here are a few anyway.


But our #1 favorite part of being here… sharing it with friends and family.

The adventures of Eleanor Q will continue! We will be sailing north for about a month and visiting some of our old favorite haunts in New England as well as exploring a few new places, too. Stay tuned!


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  1. Jul 29 2017



  2. Loretta Elliott
    Jul 29 2017

    So great to hear from you guys. Here’s hoping Frank’s retirement sticks this time. Sounds like you are both enjoying the fruits of your labors. Plan Sea is on the market . Time for some land travel adventures. We are actually up in New England now crewing on an Island Packet 420 for 3 weeks. Will miss you by a few weeks! Keep in touch. Loretta and Jim

  3. Jul 29 2017

    Ahhhh… good to get a recap of your adventures!!! Water looks perfect!! Glad things are going great…..enjoy your time up north!!!!

  4. Caroline
    Jul 29 2017

    Hooray! The blog is back! Well done…

  5. Helen
    Jul 31 2017

    So nice to hear from you. We miss you here in PA. Keep the beautiful pictures and wonderful stories coming.


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