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10/8/13 Morehead City NC

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Yesterday was my last day of work before departing. It was an uneventful shift but something profound stood out for me. I was actually going to miss everyone. This stands in stark contrast to previous situations.

I am actually going to miss all those qwerky regulars like “Blackstone”, “The No Talkers”, “The Sparkly Ladies”,”Ugg Boots”, “The Twins” and the ever loved “Father Time”.


The friendships I made with our bar crowd are a huge reason why I truly love what I do. Kate, John, Tim, George-Anne, Michael, Elliott, Bob, Tom, Owen, Frank, Monday, Tim, Rudy, Steve and Chaley (just to name a few) are the exact reason I loved coming to work every day. People may be happy to get a new granite countertop but soon enough that joy fades into worn out old work surface. Working at Adams has shown me that something as simple as providing a cold drink and great food to friends will always remain gratifying. This is the type of joy and satisfaction that grows.

I received two cards from my regulars, one wishing me well on my upcoming travels and another a true bon voyage card. The generosity and thought put into these gestures was a complete surprise and immensely appreciated.

To my co-workers…

I have never worked somewhere that made me feel so at home. I can honestly say I feel like over the past year and a half I have gained a new family. They are the reason work didn’t feel like work, it felt like somewhere I actually wanted to be, which really helps on a 14 hour double.

This trip would not have been possible without the opportunity Adam’s has given me. A huge thanks to Billy, Brian and Lisa who asked me to become manager. I was and still am honored to be given the responsibility.

I made it clear that while I was eager to step up, my intention was to go sailing. To my surprise they were willing to take a chance on me! While not promised management immediately upon my return, a position serving would very likely be available. As you can probably tell, I couldn’t be happier with the way it worked out.  Management has been a fulfilling challenge for me that I enjoy and look forward to doing more when I return!

I will miss you all and truly appreciate your love and support!

Adam’s Ribs in Eastport (Annapolis MD) has had the best ribs in Annapolis 5 years running and has been in business in that location for over 20 years! They know what they are doing and welcome you to come check them out! Fall off the bone melt in your mouth good!


We cater all size events too, so don’t bother cooking, just give them a call!


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Birthdays, Beaches and Boat Motors

I turned 30 on August 24th. As has been the plan for some time now, I will celebrate by leaving my job for 5 months and sailing south through the Intracoastal Waterway to the Bahamas. I will share pictures, videos and blog along the way (mostly for myself and family since I am a full fledged amateur). I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions of things to cover, see and do. As I will be solo much of the time (more than anytime in my past) this trip will be part travel guide and part spiritual soul searching endeavor. I will be looking for what we all strive for; Sublime Sustenance.

So here is a rundown of whats been lately:

Like I said… I turned 30!


My fantastic partner Sabrina arranged a surprise party with about 40 of my closest friends. Many of whom came from hours away, without a word! A huge thanks to everyone who came, and especially to my parents who hosted such a rowdy bunch.

Check out the awesome sailboat cake!

30th Birthday Sailboat Cake

Sabrina suggested I make my wish list for the trip available before my birthday, and boy was she right. Everything I got, came from my wish list, which meant, I both wanted and needed everything I got! Check out this kick ass folding bicycle!

This past weekend we headed out to Maryland’s Eastern Shore for 2 nights of beach camping among the wild horses and biting flies. We really could not have gotten a better camp site. It was right over the dune from the beach on soft sand with water and shower facilities a stones throw away. Originally we had booked a much smaller site, much further from the beach, as places get booked for this time of year WAY in advance. We just happened to check what was available just 3 days before and were elated to find this one available.


As a gift to myself and the boat I found a 2001 Yahama Long Shaft 9.9 High Output 4 stroke outboard motor to replace my decrepit, unreliable, rusty old 1988 Johnson Sailmaster 9.9. Check it out installed. *Sorry for the F-Bombs… I was excited…

One major advantage I have for my trip is the support of my job. I cant thank Billy, Brian, and Lisa enough for their support and understanding. My coworkers are behind me too it seems. Watch out for the P cup!

Adams Welcome/Specials Board

I came across a fantastic quote by one of my favorite sailing writers John Vigor.

“Do your homework first, of course, and make sure you have an objective of some kind. Then sail away. Just have faith and sail away. You’ll find help and friendly people everywhere you go.” – John Vigor

As the pre-departure tasks pile up, this reassured me that no matter what happens, it will be worth it.

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An Annapolis Tradition

This past weekend we made a sacred annapolitan right of passage with our first day trip to Cantler’s Riverside Inn (by boat of course). Cantler’s is the quintessential Annapolis dining experience. Fresh, local, steamed crabs, crab cake sandwiches and raw oysters were what we were after.

We left Back Creek and Eastport MD, heading North across the mouth of the Severn River toward Whitehall Creek. We had a beautiful southerly breeze that kept the forecast thunderstorms well out of our way and provided a fantastic downwind run. I guess the word is out that we have a good time, because we were joined by Jess and Judy for this momentous occasion!

The Captain and Admiral Hard at work

Yay! We made it to Cantlers!

“Man the Launch!”

Beautiful Ladies on the Bow

Excellent Anchorage

Medium local crabs $55 a dozen

“Oh the places you will go.”

Many thanks to Jessica for taking such fantastic pictures! You can find Jessica Gray Schipp and her work at

After this trip, I have completely had it with my outboard. It has never run very well and that time has come to retire her. I need something reliable and powerful. Anyone want to buy a 1987 Johnson Sailmaster 9.9 that needs a tuneup! No serious offer refused!


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