Boating season is winding down now so I’m not sure how many more blogs are in the works, but we’ll keep them coming as long as we can. I had a special edition up my sleeve, but will be saving that for next week as Sara Ingram has quite a story that she has so graciously offered to share here. I had asked on her facebook page when we would be boating together again, and this is the response I received. Enjoy.
GUEST BLOGGER – SARA INGRAM
Hard Yacht Café, Bear Creek
September 10th, 2011 (two days after the Conowingo Dam opening)
"You ask, “when will we boat together again?” and I answer you this way: “when you throw out common sense”. I have to share the story and photos!!!
Last year we went to the playoff game in Kansas City, and to make a long story short we “worked” our way into the best suite in the stadium—50 yard line, double suite, 2 fire places, ex-players, etc. all there. We invited our “friends” to Baltimore for the first regular season game. They arrived Friday. After confessing we didn’t know anyone in Kansas City, nor did anyone from Baltimore tell us to look them up, we enjoyed dinner at Ruth Chris and offered to take them boating the next day since Saturday was expected to be great weather.
We got a nice crew together (see pics!) and while waiting for a few late arrivals, our boat neighbors mentioned that they heard there was a lot of debris from the dam being opened. They warned us to be careful since others had turned back after seeing an RV Trailer in the water. With an adventurous crew ready, Premier Ride departed.
Even before the
, there was a surprising amount of debris in the water. As we crossed under the bridge and continued beyond Key Bridge , we realized that this was no joke—we had two spotters plus the captain screaming “turn right!”, “go left!” , “uh…not sure which looks worse, better just put it in neutral!”. We approached the John Brown, who was out on one of their three “Living History Cruises” of the year, with hundreds of people on board. The ship cleared the way for us beautifully, but then we realized that it would fill back in after we went through and then there would be no John Brown for our return. Moving at this pace, we knew we would miss the bikini contest at Riverwatch, so headed to the Hard Yacht Café instead. Fort Carroll
Others must have had the same idea, because Hard Yacht was packed!! Our
friends had their first Maryland Crab experience at Hard Yacht. There was a great live performance by Mark Alan, and some of our ladies even became his tambourine dancers! We were having a fabulous time, until all of the sudden a storm approached and down-poured. I ran to the boat to cover the electronics and put up the canvas. By the time I got just the windshield canvas up, you would have thought I’d gone for a swim fully clothed. Almost as soon as it started, the rain stopped but the amount of water that fell was worth putting up the canvas, and got me a new Hard Yacht tank top!! Kansas City
We returned to BMC, stopped for a drink at Bo Brooks Tiki Bar, then went home to get ready for the Flip-Flop Festivus at Silo Point, benefiting the Life and Breath Foundation.
|Floating islands of debris|
I tell you, I have never seen anything like it. I tried to take some pictures, but was so worried about the boat that what I have just doesn’t do it justice. YIKES! Always an adventure on Premier Ride! LOL
Next time you DEFINITELY should come with us…and wear your life vest J"