Sunday's Picture and a Song: Moon River, kayaking and yachts

Empty boat slips and me taking a picture of the crowd at Pusser's Caribbean Grille in May. Credit: Stéphane.

One of Stephane and my favorite pastimes in Annapolis is marveling at all of the luxurious yachts and impressive shore front properties while paddling our kayaks around Spa Creek and the Chesapeake Bay because it always reassures us that the top 1% are alive and well in America. The only problem, as I discovered last night, is that the wakes caused by the much larger vessels make it almost impossible to take pictures. If anyone knows of a way to counteract the rocking movement of a kayak and to keep a secure grip on the paddle while snapping photos in dim light, please tell me!
The light on the bow of my kayak was cleverly designed by Stephane and is actually a solar powered garden light.

As the above picture is the only one that turned out semi-sharp, I took some more from the shore this afternoon.

Kayaks are just about the smallest boats on the Bay. We have to keep an eye on the larger vessels and paddle like crazy to get out of their way, kind of like little water bugs.

When we paddled past the Redemption (in the background) last night, it felt as if we were gazing up at a skyscraper. Curious about its owner, we googled the yacht's name and saw that it appears to be for sale. If you're in the market for a 130 ft (39.62m) yacht that sleeps ten, you'll find more information about it from Yachting Partners International. Otherwise, here are some photos of the interior that I copied from their website. When it's time to chart a course for the open water, please remember that I know how to make an Elderflower Champagne Cocktail and would be an excellent addition to your crew. Plus, I have experience at sea thanks to my kayak!

The Redemption is staffed by a full crew.


  1. I've never kayaked! If I were to, the Bay would not be a place to do it--I've never seen such bad boating manners as in the Bay. (Well, actually it's the only place I've been boating, but that's beside the point.) Larger boat drivers/owners just don't think of the other boats in their path. Don't get me started.

    And you might be surprised by how many of those large vanity projects are up for sale--they have almost become disposable. A boat that size probably costs a million dollars a year for crew and upkeep and gas. I've known many people who build these boats and then just want to get rid of them because of the cost. Not for me--give me a 24 ft sailboat any day.

    1. You should come to Annapolis and we'll take you kayaking, Joseph. It's a lot of fun, especially early in the morning or shortly before sunset because the water is so still. We usually stay in the creeks and not the Bay so I can't complain too much about the boaters.

      Stephane wholeheartedly agrees with your comment about taking a sailboat over a powerboat. Owning one is his retirement dream. At the moment, he just kayaks past them and looks longingly at the people aboard. One of these days...

      I'm not surprised that it costs so much to maintain those yachts. Judging by the number of matching polo shirts that we saw from a distance, the Redemption has a substantial crew.

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  2. Well rocking or not, the picture inside your kayak is beautiful.

    Moon River and Andy Williams was always one of my favourites. Coincidentally. There was a prpgrae about tha Andy Willis show on UK TV the other night. They played Moon River at my brothers wedding.

    Have I told you I am going to Boston? LOL! I look forward to seeing how the other 1% live.

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    1. You're going to Boston, Denise?!? I had no idea!!! ;) Annapolis is about a 1 1/2 hour flight south of Boston, but there are also plenty of fancy yachts docked there.

      Moon River was always one of my favorites too. I have good memories of my mother listening to it when I returned home after a day at school. Even better, she always seemed to bake bread, pies or cookies whenever there was an Andy William record on the record player. It's one of those songs that make my eyes well up with tears.

  3. I really like the kayak lamp picture Mary Kay. I always find something peaceful and wistful about subtle lamplight on water. It suggests to me the infinite possibility of what might be "out there", beyond the reach of the light.

    1. I know exactly what you mean about that "out there" peaceful feeling that comes while looking at lamplight on water. I really like how quiet it is when I go kayaking at night. Sometimes the only noise is the sound of the paddles dipping into the water. It's almost (but not quite!) as good as naval gazing in Ubud!

  4. So you're a kayaker? Best place in Paris is on the Marne, in Bry sur Marne or Joinville. Great cycle route too.

    1. Calling me a "kayaker" is a bit of a stretch. Unfortunately, it's only something that I get to do a couple of times a year. Thanks for the info about the best place to go in Paris. I may have to try it one day. I had a really good time cycling along the Marne and it looked as if it would be a great place for kayaking. I think that we even saw a couple that day.

  5. OOOh, another sneaky pic of Mary Kay! Now if I piece it together with your "Diana hat" pic, I almost have you puzzled together :)

    Heading off on Saturday for my own water week, in Newport Beach, CA. Will have to look for wayward kayaker in Balboa Bay, when I take the ferry across to the Island.

    Thanks for setting the mood with your beautiful photos.

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