We've been in Lewes, Delaware for 7 days. S/V Deep Peace has been tied up at the town dock which is just one block from the downtown shopping street. During the past week we've had the great good fortune to get to know Mary & Judy (my friend Stephanie's wonderful Moms), Dick & Shirley (Dick was born and raised in Lewes and shared his favorite places and much area history with us and he'll be coming sailing with us for the next leg of our journey.), Alex (who works two jobs and is putting himself through flight school. He already has his private pilot's license and is now working on his commercial one and he took us flying with him yesterday. He had already scheduled the airplane rental, but his friend that was going to go with him cancelled and he invited us and well, how often do you get invited to go flying? We said yes and had a great time!), Jen (the delightful owner of a used bookstore named Biblion, who had me doubled over in laughter), Bob (who offered to take our photo when we were out to dinner and who we later saw in the library), and many other wonderfully friendly people.
Little did we know when we first tied up to the dock that we would be here for a week and that the week would be such an interesting one. Besides ordering and installing a new whole boat heater, we've simply had a wonderful time. Oh yes, and the heater works!! Tomorrow we say goodbye to Lewes (the first town in the first state).
Speaking of history, I have put together a book discussion group on fb for A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. The first chapter starts out in what is now called the Bahamas when a sailing ship from Spain encounters the native people. (It took 33 days to cross the Atlantic from the Canary Islands off the Atlantic Coast of Africa - did you know?). I'll post a link in the comments and also a link where you can read the book online for free.