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Spring Cruising in New England – Part 3

This is the final of our three spring cruises before full -on summer kicked in.

Mystic Seaport and Block Island

With two really fun and gratifying spring cruises under our belts waterline, we were anxious to knock down one more before the summer crowds descended on our favorite destinations. We had just a few days left in June, and some friends were heading to Mystic, CT in their vintage GMC camper. We usually would join them with our Airstream, but this time, we decided it would be more fun to meet them in Mystic with the boat. On Tuesday, June 26, off we went! Continue reading Spring Cruising in New England – Part 3

Spring Cruising in New England – Part 2

More retrospective on our summer season…

Cuttyhunk, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket & Block Island

Having had such fun on our spring shakedown in Block Island for Memorial Day weekend, we were anxious to get out on the water again and enjoy more of our favorite but rarely visited destinations before the summer crowds descended. Continue reading Spring Cruising in New England – Part 2

Spring Cruising in New England – Part 1

A Retrospective

As the summer is winding down, I can’t help but think back over our adventures this past season and remark that our best cruising was during the early spring, when we had cool, crisp refreshing (although not always dry) weather, few crowds, anchorages to ourselves, and generally happy vibe everywhere we went.  This is so different from high-season-mid summer that I really want to share the perspective.

Memorial Day on Block Island

Our first trip was a four-day run to Block Island for Memorial Day weekend.  While weekends on Block Island are a hectic affair during the summer, late May is always a different story.  We left on Saturday May 26 with a mixed forecast, happy to be off the dock and cruising once again.   Continue reading Spring Cruising in New England – Part 1

First East Coast Cruise – Part 4 – Fourth of July in Block Island

After spending a pleasant day and evening in Stonington, we got under way early and headed for Block Island.  It was a gorgeous sunrise in Stonington Harbor: a quintessential start to a summer day, with glassy calm water and a beautiful moored fleet reflecting the early sun. Continue reading First East Coast Cruise – Part 4 – Fourth of July in Block Island

First East Coast Cruise -Part 2 – Mystic Seaport

After a very pleasant stay in Block Island we decided to move on and head west into Long Island Sound.  We had several destinations in mind, including Montauk, Sag Harbor, Stonington and Mystic Seaport.  All had their unique appeal and we had different reasons for wanting to visit each one.  Continue reading First East Coast Cruise -Part 2 – Mystic Seaport

First East Coast Cruise – Block Island

Although we still have a long project list (doesn’t every boat?), we have headed out for our first east coast cruise in the new tug.  It is bizarre traveling these well-known home waters in a power boat when I have spent my entire life exploring them in a sailboat.  The Twilight Zone.  Our priorities have changed, our decision-making parameters are adjusting, the passages are faster and the destinations are different. Continue reading First East Coast Cruise – Block Island

Rock the Block on the 4th of July

We didn’t rock much of anything, but the Block was rock’n on the 4th of July weekend.

We wanted to get settled and enjoy a few peaceful days before the mob showed up, so we motored over on Tuesday and got settled in.  All the town moorings were occupied already (by boats that had been left there the previous week, we later learned, to secure a spot for the 4th.)  Fortunately we were able to snug up on a private club mooring we have access to on the western shore of the harbor, which is very pleasant.  We made it to The Oar several times for some drinks, dinner and beautiful sunsets over the Pond, and enjoyed rambling around the island with the dogs.  It was very relaxing, but by Friday, the pace started to pick up. Continue reading Rock the Block on the 4th of July