|Observing a paddleboard race.|
|Cliff met his twin.|
|At the City Marina in Beaufort, NC|
|The lock is beginning to open.|
After going through Norfolk Harbor, the lower Chesapeake was particularly stormy, and we sought refuge for the next day and a half anchored in the still water of Hampton, VA, while listening to traffic noise of three highways that surrounded the bay. We finally made it to charming Annapolis
|A few of the MD capital dome.|
|Caroline and Noah in Annapolis.|
|Lunch with our friends Mike and Jo Robinson.|
|Fishing rods lined the stairs|
from the biat shop to the
The next day brought fog and need to turn on the radar. We were going to be entering New York Harbor and needed to be extra vigilant given the likelihood of much ship traffic. The Verrazano Bridge was largely invisible except for the very top of its spires until we were within shouting distance of its large span.
|The fog slowly lifted on the NYC skyline.|
|Our last supper on the boat. Fortunately the heater was working|
and raised the cabin temperature from 50 to 70 degrees.
|Finally home at the dock at the Back River Boatyard in Georgetown.|
Our odyssey was in many respects “the trip of a life-time,” but it also had us thinking that this trip need not be the pinnacle of our boating adventures. Slowly, our thinking has begun to crystallize that after another two or so years of working to pay off our debt, we can spend 7 months a year in beautiful Georgetown (May – through Thanksgiving) and then travel south to spend the better part of the remaining 5 months in the warmer climates of southeast Georgia, Florida, or the Bahamas.
One major difference is that rather than travel the 1,500+ miles down the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida, we can trailer the boat south as it is small enough to be legally trailered without a permit. Now, while we already have the trailer, it will require the purchase of a pickup truck capable of towing 10,000 pounds. On the surface such a vehicle may make me a bona fide Maine redneck, but, more importantly, it opens up multiple options of exploration. Maybe we pull the boat across country to Puget Sound and then cruise of the coast to Alaska. Another option might be the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. I have also heard great things about the rivers of Tennessee, Lake Champlain and the 1,000 islands in Canada.
Other cruises in our future may include doing the Great Loop, a 6,000 mile circumnavigation of the eastern United States (Hudson River, canals to the Great Lakes, Chicago River to the Mississippi, Up the Ohio and Cumberland to the TenTom and down to Mobile Alabama, etc.) I am also intrigued with doing the Downeast Loop, which is a circumnavigation of New York, the New England States and eastern Canada. There are so many options, including using our boat and trailer as an RV. If we end up nighting in a Walmart parking lot, then surely we will have reached retirement bliss.
In the meantime there are multiple repairs and upgrades to our boat Salty Paws, and our dreams continue to form.