Our friendship started with Richard’s first visit to our home for a boat show. He was a CouchSurfer – not the typical 20 something college student. He was a very kind and interesting man from Atlanta. We had great discussions on life and politics. We shared our common love for a life near the water.
I took him to one of our favorite restaurants Yellowfin where Richard, my baby and I all enjoyed ourselves.
Richard later returned with his better half Kat but they didn’t require a place to lay their head. They were in fact cruising their boat Kat in the Hat on the Great Loop and we were on one of their stops. It was great catching up and getting to know Kat. They invited us, as well other guests we were hosting, to join them for drinks on their boat. It was a very nice, large cruising vessel, on which to enjoy a lovely evening in Annapolis. Another night we all had a lovely dinner at the Fleet Reserve Club, a great place to view the water.
My husband was away on business at the time. Kat and Richard were setting off to continue their journey north and invited us along for a bit. I was very intrigued to take my daughter and get away for a bit with our Couchsurfing friends. I politely and reluctantly asked for a rain check. Believe me – I will cash in that rain check someday.
My husband did happen to be on business trip to Atlanta recently. I quickly reminded him that our friends Richard and Kat live there and he should look them up. My husband ended up meeting them for dinner and getting a nice break from eating alone on the road.
As it happens, we often try to reconnect with guests. We now have so many friends around the world!