Friday, March 22, 2013

Time to Move

We moved our boat to BMC-Harborview last night. It was cold. It was windy. But sometimes these things just have to happen at a particular time.

I went by the old marina today to clean out the dock box. Our slip looks so lonely.
Anchorage Marina - Thanks for 6 great years. We made wonderful friends on E Dock and we look forward to seeing them out on the Bay.

One of the best things about a boat is the fact that you can move it so easily. Doug and I have been boating together since 2000 and Harborview will be our fourth marina together. Sometimes we moved marinas because we moved houses. Sometimes we moved marinas to try out something new. Here's where we've been throughout the years:

*BMC-Inner Harbor -- This marina is right in the heart of Baltimore's tourist center. You have one of the best views of the July 4th fireworks and Camden Yards is a hop, skip, and a jump away (well, maybe a few jumps).

*Herrington Harbour South -- This is truly a resort marina. There's a great big pool, a beach, and a tiki bar. It's also known for being very eco-friendly.

*Anchorage Marina -- Nestled nicely in the Canton neighborhood, this marina was less than a mile from our rowhouse. We enjoyed the floating pool a few times and had many fantastic days and nights with our boat neighbors.

*BMC- Harborview -- Our new home! We look forward to exploring this side of Baltimore. Pictures and stories are soon to come.

Monday, March 11, 2013

On Boaters

Boaters are some of the nicest people. Maybe it’s the carefree Jimmy Buffett lifestyle on the weekends that makes them nice. Maybe the rocking of the boat turns on the nice switch in their brains. Whatever it is, they are, on a whole, a kind and welcoming group.
Doug and I are switching marinas – more on that in an upcoming post – and I was spending time at the cafĂ© at the new marina today. While there, I overheard a few people talk about a group going to Little Havana, a local bar/restaurant, each week. After hearing it from two different conversations, I apologized for being nosy and asked about it. Before I knew it, Doug and I were invited to join everyone this evening and I had two new Facebook friends. (Coincidentally, we have frequented Little Havana in the past after Doug’s Baltimore Beach Volleyball games and we’ve been looking forward to spending more time there.)
After a couple hours playing shuffleboard and talking with the group, I am even more excited about our move. I have more new friends and I can’t wait to see them all again when we move our boat. Boaters really are the best.