From the Potomac River, we re-entered Chesapeake Bay and traveled toward Annapolis. Not too far into the bay, we caught up with our looper friends on Southern Cross and Moon Shadow. We followed them the rest of the way into Annapolis. Earlier, we communicated with them and set up to meet in Annapolis Landing Marina. We had a great stay as we toured Annapolis, celebrated Steve’s birthday, and visited the Naval Academy.
The Naval Academy was extra special because we attended Sunday services in their chapel. The chapel is a beautiful building with many stained-glass windows, each of which depict a biblical story. Below the chapel is the crypt of John Paul Jones who is considered to be the father of the US Navy. The staff were friendly as the chaplains and pastor greeted us as we were seated. Afterwards, we shook Pastor Bart Physioc and gifted him a copy of Teresa’s book. We were pleased to receive an email from Pastor Bart the next day saying it was good to meet us and thanking us for the book. He had already began to read it and found out that he and Teresa have something in common. They both have had brain surgery—what a small world! This stop on the Great Loop and attending service at the Naval Academy was definitely a divine appointment.
Water Taxis are available right from the Annapolis Landing Marina where we stayed. Our marina office staff gave us $1 off water taxi rides, so we used them to take us to Ego Alley dockage in downtown Annapolis (our first water taxi ride). A special parade to celebrate Steve’s birthday (most people thought it was for Memorial Day) also took place that day. The parade opened with an amazing Navy band, continuing with brightly colored dancers, more bands and music, yellow fire trucks, classic old cars, and much more. On the Water Taxi returning to our marina, we met Peter VI. Just a young tyke still being held by his mother. On the boat also was Peter V (young Peter’s dad) and Peter IV (dad Peter’s dad). What a nice family and quite the legacy! The dad Peter V graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and the family decided to meet here. Two other loopers caught up with us later while we were in Annapolis, Last Call and Aqua-Fennatic. We ended the day celebrating with a special dinner for Steve with about 12 Looper friends.
While in Annapolis, we visited a Target. The Looper crew was impressed with the special escalators for your shopping cart after you load it up with supplies. The Target was on the second floor of the building with its own attached parking ramp. To enter the store from the parking ramp, you ride an escalator up. Then when you leave, you push your cart onto the special cart escalator and ride next to it on the people escalator. Amazing: modern technology!
From Annapolis, we traveled across the bay to Swan Creek where the town of Rock Hall Maryland is located. There is a very nice marina we found while exploring with our dinghy flotilla of four. We anchored out in Swan Creek and traveled to Harbor Haven marina by dinghy, docked the dinghys, and borrowed bikes to go into town. The town has a nice grocery, ice cream shop, and a West Marine store. What more could you ask for?
After our dinghy trip, it started to rain. The rain shower finished with a beautiful full rainbow from left to right. One of the boats traveling with us, Enterprise, looked like they were at the end of the rainbow … but they did not find the pot of gold.
We now have 4 boats in our Looper Flotilla: Enterprise, Moon Shadow, Sanctuary, and Southern Cross. The Looper Flotilla plan to head for Cape May, New Jersey next as we make our way toward New York City. That will mean that we traveled from Maryland, next night spent in Delaware, and the next day in New Jersey—which will make our total add up to 14 states.
Naval Academy at Annapolis
Scenes from Annapolis
Memorial Day Parade in Annapolis
Shopping at Target in Annapolis
Scenes from Chesapeake Bay