First, an introduction. We are a middle-aged couple in our mid-50’s, with three children ranging in age from almost 20 to 26. I’ve been working as a NASA contractor in Greenbelt, MD for over 30 years. My wife has worked as an administrator for another government contractor for several years. We have lived in our current house in a nearby suburb for more than 20 years.
We did not start out with any specific plans to move. However, I think that we have always felt that at some time in our lives, we would live somewhere that has a waterfront. My wife and I have always been attracted to the water. Most of our vacation have been at beach areas, in such places as Rhode Island and the Outer Banks. This goes back to my wife’s childhood and her family’s vacations in Point Judith, RI. She and I went on several of those vacations, along with our children when they arrived. We discovered the OBX some years back.
We have enjoyed being near the Chesapeake Bay as long as we have lived in Maryland. We regularly visit Annapolis to wander down around the harbor. When our children were old enough to be left alone, we starting “running away” to explore Bay-front communities, mainly on the Western Shore.
We also enjoy being out on boats — on reasonably calm water, that is. I’ve never actually owned a boat (except for a canoe), but find the idea of sailing to be very appealing. We took a ride on the skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark out of Tilghman, MD about 10 years ago. Our good friends recently bought a lakefront house and have a ski boat on Lake Gaston in NC, and we have spent some delightful weekends there.