Trip Start Aug 01, 2005
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It has been great spending time visiting with my siblings, their children and even THEIR children.
The harbor in which we have spent most of our NY time is Sag Harbor, a well-protected, quiet bay. Unfortunately, it is a 30-45 minute drive (or bus ride) to Hampton Bays. Early in our stay here, we took the boat to Hampton Bays to anchor outside the Shinnecock Canal in Peconic Bay. This anchorage put us a dinghy ride and short walk to family. This area is not very protected and after one anxious night when the winds approached 45 miles per hour, we hightailed it back to Sag Harbor.
I flew Anchorage to help out while our daughter, Jessie had surgery. While there I was able, also to visit with Owen and his fiancée Brittany as well as Hans, Jessie's husband. I took a quick stopover in Juneau and touched base with Tim and our home. Everything went well and I was back aboard Quest around a week later.
This is the longest stay we've had in a while, and being back in US waters is a different experience than foreign waters. Probably because our US flag is the same as everyone else. While cruising in non-US waters, boaters did more visiting, asking about each trip so far and wonderful experiences to be had here or there.
We have done several maintenance projects. Chris has nearly completed the electrical panel; I made two sail bags using my sister's sewing machine; we finished painting the deck. We had to bite the bullet and have a real Yanmar repairman out to figure out the continuing problem with the engine. We found out that the yacht yard in Sag Harbor had a lift large enough to get Quest out of the water, so we scheduled a haul-out. Quest was about as big a boat as they could handle. I could almost hear the machinery groaning, "I think I can, I think I can..." while I prayed, "I hope they can..."
We knew the bottom of the boat was overgrown with creatures after a full year in mostly warm water. When Quest was in slings up in the air, people stopped and stared. I do believe they will be talking about her hull for years to come - and not in a good way... After Quest was secure, I told one young worker that I was going to walk to the library to pass some time. He asked if I was going to look up what kind of creatures were attached to the hull. Next he suggested that I look up Guinness World Records to see if we made any new ones. Wise acre.
We're getting itchy to begin cruising once again. When I had to dust the steering wheel, I knew it was time to pull anchor and hit the watery road, but in the true tradition of cruisers, we've found more reasons to stay in the area.
It's been over a year since we left Juneau for our epic cruise. Writing these "travelogues" has been a wonderful part of the experience and I thought I'd end this (in the spirit of Johnny Carson) with our "top 10":
10. Being visited mid-ocean by whales and dolphins
9. Train trip visiting Venice, Rome and Florence including the Italian woman who drove us to the train station
8. Arriving at the Catholic church in Patras, Greece just in time for Mass
7. Transiting the Corinth Canal
6. Hiking the volcano on St. Kitts
5. Our visit with Owen and Brittany in Antigua
4. Thunderstorms in the Mediterranean
3. Cruising north at 11 knots in the Gulf Stream
2. Landfall in Antigua after crossing the Atlantic
1. Spending quality time with the one I love the most