Just as I'm tucking the boom tent away I hear Kristen call. She's making hot tea and invites me to join her. I raise the anchor, motor over and hop on board MAGDALENA, a nice way to start the day. Kristen is heading back to the Choptank. With strong NNE winds I think the Bay will be too rough for me. I'll explore the Patuxent instead.
Cast off 8:25 with a single reef tucked in the main. It's very gusty. Out on the Patuxent River at 8:40, a second reef tucked in 8:55. I look south and see MAGDALENA coming out of the creek and headed down the Patuxent. Grey, gusty and cool, not a day for exploring. I turn back to Mill Creek. Calmer in the creek I turn to starboard on Cuckold Creek. It is lined by houses and I see no point of sailing through everyone's back yard. I return to Mill Creek at 9:15, anchor down in Kristen's spot 9:30.
After cleaning up the boat I motor over to the dock at Stoney's Clarke's Landing, tying up at 11:00 as they open. It's very quiet, no customers, no waiters and I'm not even sure if it is open. I walk in through the back door. Silence. I walk through a dining area, then through another door into the bar. A guy is sitting at the bar, a woman behind the bar and they are having a quiet discussion. She glances over at me and with a loud friendly voice says "Hello, sweetheart!"
The restaurant is open but being a Sunday morning there are no other customers yet. The woman tells me to pick a table, no rush to order and says it's fine if I want to take my time, drink some iced tea and catch up on the news on my phone. So I do. After a while I do place an order for a rockfish gyro, a blackened rockfish filet served on a bed of veggies with spicy cucumber sauce. Excellent.
12:45 anchored out with the boom tent up to wait out the wind and the rain. I catch up on the log book, listen to some football, read and nap. An enjoyable afternoon. I get a text from Kristen. She had left Mill Creek a little before 9:00, arrived Dun Cove just after 6:00, over nine hours of hard motor sailing into 18 to 24 kts wind and accompanying waves. With darkness comes more rain.