Happy Fourth of July! It is our hope that you too are enjoying your day in celebrating our nation. We are particularly reminded of our history as we have seen so much of it on our travels the past few days up here on the East Coast. We thank God for our freedoms and for our ability to be able to worship Him.
This post starts my second year of posting our adventures. I think with most of them I got rather long winded as it’s hard for me to not include a lot of stuff that has happened. I write them for our friends and family to read about what we’re doing and what has happened, but I think I also write them as a way for us to be able to read them later to remember the places we’ve been. I kept an extensive log book of each day’s travel, mileage, weather as well as all engine maintenance, but these posts are more of the narrative of what we have gone through.
With all of that being said, I’m going to try harder to not have them go so long – both for you to have to read (if anyone actually reads them all the way to the end!) as well as for me to write. I realize there are things that are only pertinent to just Sharon and I and I don’t have to put them in here so I will attempt to filter all that stuff out, if possible.
So, here goes: We went through the East River, stayed a few places and will cross to the north side of Long Island Sound tomorrow and reach Boston soon. The end.
Ok, maybe that’s a bit carried away, but it does sum up all of what we have done in the past week. But now I’ll fill in just a little bit. I wrote last week about the East River and how it was so beautiful and nerve-wracking to finally go through it this past Friday. We put down our anchor after going through in Port Washington, which proved to be a delightful little town. They have special mooring balls for transients and you get to stay the first two nights on one for free, and after that it is $25 a night – a deal! So we stayed for three nights and had a wonderful time. The wind picked up dramatically for the last day on the mooring ball so we were glad we stayed on it. In fact, we saw dark clouds just east of us that evening and later found out a tornado had come off the water and took down a bunch of trees and power lines in the town of Northport. That was close!
On Sunday, June 30, our last day on the mooring ball, Sharon got up early and after Max and I dinghied her to shore, she caught the commuter train into downtown New York to attend Tim Keller’s church, Redeemer Presbyterian. Tim is a Christian author and teacher Sharon follows so was excited to be able to get there!
On Monday, July 1, we left Port Washington and headed east to Northport, where they had the tornado the day earlier. It was a great anchorage area and after taking the dinghy to shore the next day we were able to have a very nice walk around town. We hadn’t known about the tornado but soon realized it after seeing all the downed trees. We stopped for coffee and were told most of the town had been without power until earlier that morning – Tuesday. Wow! We were glad we weren’t there yet on our boat when it hit!
After staying two nights at Northport we hoisted our anchor and came here to Port Jefferson where we are now. Each of these past two ports have only been about 22 – 24 miles apart and has been nice to not have to hurry to cover miles. We even sailed for about half of the trip to Northport! The wind was very light so we were only going about 3 knots/hour at times, but we had all day!
Port Washington is a much busier port, including a ferry line that runs between here and Bridgeport on the north side of Long Island Sound. (We are on the south side of the Sound). Because of the ferry and other boat traffic it is a bit more rolly here. It also has been very, very warm – downright hot! We don’t want to complain about the heat and lack of wind, but it has gotten to us the past couple of days. It has been 91+ degrees outside, high humidity and virtually no wind up until today. We have sun shades that help a lot, but otherwise it is just plain hot. We even kid, although it’s totally true, that we look forward to getting back to the Bahamas where it’s cooler! It is always 78 – 82 degrees there with a steady wind and low humidity. Sure beats what we’re going through now!
Tonight we hope to stay up long enough to watch the fireworks and then will head to bed to be ready for tomorrow. We will be leaving probably around 8 am to head to the north side of Long Island Sound up to the Niantic, Connecticut, area – a distance of about 50 nautical miles. It looks like there is an anchorage we can spend the night at there, and the next day will move on to Newport, Rhode Island, where we’ll fuel up and top off our water tanks if it’s not too busy of a port. Newport is a huge mecca for sailing and we think it will be very busy there, so we’ll see what happens. We have already decided to not get a slip there – the cost for one night in Newport is $7.95 a foot. For our 41 foot boat it would cost $325.95, plus $22 a night for electricity. Not happening!
After Newport we will head to Falmouth, Massachusetts, where on Sunday we will pick up our daughter Kristi! She lives in Boston and will be able to join us for a couple of days as we go to Martha’s Vineyard. After dropping her off again on Tuesday we will go through the Cape Cod Canal and on to Boston! And are we going to be able to stay right downtown Boston for a few nights at some point? You’ll have to read next week to see!!