Always nice to welcome new local sailors to the forum. My wife and I are on the York River.
FWIW, my wife and I started sailing the same way you did. Sailed some small boats, tooks some ASA classes
, and joined a boat club for a year. Avoid buying
your own boat as long as possible. Your sailing will never be cheaper than it is now.
Once you can handle the Hunter you could learn something else with less effort than you might imagine.