Previous Port: Gloucester, MA to NYC
New York, NY
Escapades Entering the East River in NYC
Statue of Liberty Seen Through the Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges
We took advantage of our one day of sunshine to walk in Central Park. I had been to NYC twice before but never to the park. It's hard to believe, but Bob couldn't remember having been in the park before, even though he lived in Brooklyn for over ten years.
We also checked out a couple of grocery-delis in Upper West Side Manhattan. This was like shopping in some South American country. Each of these stores had trays upon trays of prepared food, setting open, for customers to help themselves to. It was so crowded that people were almost climbing over each other to get to this food. Apparently, that's dinner for many Manhattan families. That may be "ok" for them but it's about the most unsanitary thing I've seen in the States.
Anchorage: N41011.489 W073053.727
Still running from bad weather, we decided to head up the Hudson to get further away from possible strong winds. The anchorage just off Croton-on-Hudson in Haverstraw Bay was the first anchorage Bob felt would give us good protection. Hurricane Wilma was heading for Mexico at that time.
What we hoped would only be a couple of nights turned into four nights. The bad weather was unrelenting. The weatherman described the rains and heavy wind as a "Nasty Nor'easter". Wilma passed the afternoon of the 25th but, thankfully, didn't make as much of an impact as was originally thought.
Once again we were stuck on the boat. Even if the weather had been nice, there was no place to go ashore. Bob tried to land the dinghy on the beach our first day there but was met by Park Rangers who quickly informed him that boats were not allowed on the beach.
Anchorage: N40025.012 W074001.288
It was a relief to finally leave New York to continue our southward passage. The wind and current combined to make this 50+ mile trip a record breaker for us. It took only a little over 7 hours. Never has Escapades moved that fast through the water. At a few points we were doing 9.8kts. The speed was fantastic but, I must admit, a little scary at times.
One very cold trip ashore at Atlantic Highlands was enough. We began getting too antsy to be on our way. A few more days in this anchorage would probably have made a great difference for our 2-night passage.
October 28-29, 2005
This was the longest two-night passage in history. The seas were just bad enough to make doing anything below (including sleeping soundly) almost impossible. The weather was not so cold as we had feared but that was the only positive thing.
We arrived, completely exhausted, at Hospital Point Norfolk, VA around 1:00 p.m. on October 30. Even the boat shower felt like a luxury at that point. This felt almost like coming home. It's always comforting to go into a place where you know what to expect. We were really looking forward to our stay in Norfolk.
Next Port: Norfolk to Miami