Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Unexpected Friends and Unplanned Guests

Fall is such a lovely time for a boating trip to Annapolis. The weather is cooler so we don't miss having access to a pool, yet it's warm enough to sit at the outdoor bar at Pussers watching football. We set off on Saturday for an overnight trip with 4 1/2 people (four adults and a 1 1/2 year old).

On our way out of the Inner Harbor we saw this Brazilian training ship coming in for a 3-night visit -- I love living in a port city.
I always think it's fun to see the decks filled with sailors as boats enter a port.
Once we were situated in a slip in Ego Alley we had our first surprise. Anyone recognize this boat from the June Neighbor list?
BackScratcher III, one of our permanent neighbors, was just one slip over from us in Annapolis.

While waiting for another couple that planned to spend the day with us in Annapolis, our friends from Sparrows Point showed up, as well as a friend from Parkside Marina. At this point we had six boats in Annapolis and friends driving down, things could only go downhill (or uphill depending on your perspective).

As usual, we started at Pussers where we had a great view of our boat.
And wondered aloud how cold this guy would be if he fell in.
As the day wore on and we started playing Catch Phrase -- the perfect boat "board game" -- it became obvious that we were having too much fun for an early night and would have 6 1/2 people sleeping on our boat. This was not the first time we have had unplanned overnight guests on board in Annapolis, however it was the first time everyone would be able to comfortably sleep inside the cabin. The more time I spend on this boat the more I love it. The guests that rode down with us and their child took the guest stateroom.
And our other friends slept in the salon with the large couch:
And loveseat that converts into a single bed:

And they all had access to the guest bathroom. (Which is really Doug's bathroom when we don't have guests. Admit it, you and your spouse use different bathrooms if you have the option.)
Looking forward to our next Annapolis trip....

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