Summer Wrap-Up

We’re beginning cruising year #12 (#13 if you include our RV year)!

Well … first another drive up to Vermont for Benj’s birthday!

As if we don’t see enough boats & ships as it is, we had to check out the Steamboat Ticonderoga, restored, but now 2 miles inland at the Shelburne Museum.
A selfie with the birthday boy on the grand staircase of the Ticonderoga.
Now we’re off! Down the Connecticut River. We usually don’t need this Amtrak bridge to open for us, but it was high tide & recent rain caused some river rise.
Hey! Stop tailing us you pesty sub! (This photo was actually from 2 weeks ago on our way back from Block Island, but is he still following us??
We are often anchored near NYC on 9/11 – very sobering. Beams of light from various points in NYC & in this case, NJ.
This cute Kingfisher visited us a few times. Unfortunately, these Spotted Lanternflies (named as they have a bright orange body visible when they fly) swarmed us on our last day in NJ. Dozens landing & hundreds floating! on the water all around us! They are highly invasive, having come over on ships from China into NY & NJ a few years ago. They have quickly spread to neighboring states causing great concern from the USDA. While they devastate many trees & plants, they are especially destructive to various fruits & grapes. Unfortunately in the U.S. (unlike Asia), they have no natural predators to slow them down.

We will soon arrive in Cape May, NJ, after a sometimes challenging 116 mile offshore run.  We’ve had nearly perfect cruising conditions so far!



Summer Vacation

Our extended engine repairs left only 2 weeks for our “summer vacation” – but hey, aren’t we always?!

First stop: Block Island. I’ve been visiting Block (by boat & even twice by small, Piper Cub type planes) for over 55 years.

We anchored off “dinghy beach” in 4′ of water with lots of paddleboarding in the “quiet(er) corner”

Rainbow over the harbor

Sunset in crowded Block Island Harbor

Next stop: Newport, RI.  We’ve only been here once by boat, but several times by car for weekend getaways.

The action in Newport is people watching ashore

Calm Newport Harbor

An extended dinghy & a bike ride in busy traffic was worth it for Ma’s Donuts

Final stop:  Mystic, CT.  I’ve been coming here for probably 60 years, as there are several photos of my family aboard the Charles W. Morgan whaling ship back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper.  Lori visited with her family several times as well.

I just had to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mystic River Bascule Bridge with their special cocktail at our favorite S&P Oyster House

I paddled over to the Float Ella celebration (opposite the Mystic Seaport) with hundreds of paddlers & even a live band on the water’s edge.

This is the birthday boy – the Mystic River Bascule Bridge celebrating its 100th birthday next month. The only bridge I know of where it’s hourly opening is always celebrated with a crowd of onlookers taking photos & selfies.

We’ve now arrived back in Deep River for about 2 weeks, driving up to Vermont for Benj’s 30th birthday – how in the heck is that possible!??