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A Bite of the Apple – and a bit more

November 12, 2018

I know it’s been a while since I’ve turned my thoughts to updating this blog. A lot of water has gone under the bridge both literally and figuratively.

In summer we never made if further north on the east coast of the US than Long Island Sound; specifically, Port Washington which became our summer home for the months of part of July, August and the beginning of September. We spent most of our time tied to a mooring ball in Port Washington. Port Washington is one of the most yacht friendly harbours in the whole of Long Island Sound. It’s protected, it’s safe, has easy access to shops and it is one of the terminuses of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). The LIRR provides a 40 minute ride into Penn Station in the heart of New York.

We didn’t stay on the boat long as we had secured a 10 day house sit in Hudson Heights through Trusted Housesitters . Along with the house sit came two cats to tend to but apart from feeding and talking to them we were free to explore New York. It’s hard to comprehend the variety of things to do in New York as the summertime provides an incredible array of special events both free and paid

A few of the highlights of New York included seeing Vieux Farke Toure on the Blues BBQ (free),

seeing the Klimt painting of the Woman in Gold, spending the day in the Metropolitan Museum which had an amazing display on the arts of Oceania (as well as so much more), a night spent at Barbes listening to great music and scoring some tickets for the Lion King (for which we also got a personal tour of the backstage after the performance through an Annapolis connection). We could have easily spent another week in New York just wandering the streets

These were just a few of the highlights. There is so much more to see in New York and yet we only scratched the surface. I would love to go back but only after I find a little more gold on a beach.

Here are a few photo highlights you might enjoy. As I stated at the beginning we’re heading south to avoid the oncoming winter onslaught. The thought of winter makes my toes tingle but that’s not from excitement but rather from the thought of frostbite

Now it’s November, Sage is safely tucked away on dry land in Norfolk and we are temporarily in Ontario staving off the onslaught of winter which I am sure will hit us before we leave for points south in early December.

So, instead of long stories I’m posting a few photos and trying for a little sequence of our movements over the summer.

More on New York


Central Park looking east


Pacific section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art – spectacular exhibition of Oceania art


Couldn’t resist a picture of the Chelsea Hotel – once the home of people like Patti Smith, Mapplethorpe etc and made famous in song by Leonard Cohen


9/11 – a beautiful memorial to those taken down in the twin towers. Very moving


From here it was dancing the latin beat on the street in the afternoon. Always things to do in NY


Yes these carts are everywhere around the city but only tried once and never again!


One of the access points to the Highline – a converted railway track to a walking path through Chelsea


Always adding space to an already dense space


And always murals


Our last night spent in NY before heading south

Our only fall schedule was to be in Annapolis first forthe Ocean Cruising Club’s fall dinner followed by the Annapolis Boat show on the first weekend of October.

The picture below is of a style of boat which is making it’s debut on the retail market after creating a sensation in the last America’s Cup and on the international racing circuits in the last year. Foils seem to be the latest innovation in sailing and it will be interesting to see what mark they are going to make.

Below is a photo grid showing just a few of the people we got to meet over the summer. We had a great time and wish I only had more pictures of the many people we met but the camera hasn’t been pulled out that often!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2018 17:39

    So now you are going south? Great pictures.

  2. Jean Macleod le Cheminant permalink
    November 12, 2018 23:24

    So cool to read about your adventures. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the Wet Coast this winter!!

  3. Darrel and Loretta Smith permalink
    November 13, 2018 03:04

    Hi you two. Great to hear from you again! Hope you land in warmer weather very soon.

    By the way, did you hear what happened to Crystal Blues (collision, boat written off)? Such a sad end to a beautiful boat.

    We are still exploring territory we didn’t get to in CanKata. After enjoying a Mediterranean cruise this summer, we are getting ready for a South American cruise starting December 7 from Miami to Buenos Aires. And we are closely looking at a cruise from Rome to Dubai next November. Gotta squeeze it all in before we get old.

    Warmest wishes to you both. Loretta & Darrel xoxo


  4. Barrie permalink
    November 13, 2018 03:22

    Happy to have an update on your adventures. Looking good. We are back in Pisa, Italy. The boat splashed down off the hard yesterday. Getting her ready to head South for the winter. Will try to update our blog soon. TTFN Barrie and Sandra SV Passat II

  5. John Edward Middleton permalink
    November 13, 2018 13:28

    Glad to hear your both hale and hearty! New York is on my bucket list having only visited when I was about 5 years old (I clearly remember the view from the top of the Empire State Building). Hope you find a safe anchorage in southern climes. John

  6. Debi-Chris Upton permalink
    November 14, 2018 23:47

    South?? I thought you were going to be house sitting in Maple Bay?

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