After a trip to the public library and a few shopping-related errands, Eric and I raised anchor on Saturday morning and motored on down to the Capital Yacht Club near the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, DC.
This is a noisy spot with an airport nearby, road traffic and trains overhead, low-flying helicopters, and tour boats turning around right next to us but it's a good change of pace and quite convenient to the Metro.
For a reasonable $15 a night, we can anchor out and dinghy in to the air-conditioned Club House that offers bar service in the evening, showers (including hair dryers and an iron), laundry facilities, and Internet access. The best part, however, is the crowd ... real transients who are living the life and always willing to chat. This weekend we met Martin from Switzerland who had arrived moments earlier and was looking for a place to take English classes. We went aboard a beautiful custom-built Pacific Seacraft and spent a few hours talking to a man from Texas, and Eric met a woman who has the ability to make new sun covers for us. That should help a little with the DC heat that has already started to descend down upon us.