Sunday, July 1, 2012

Eleven days and 800 miles

I thought I would post our trip to NY before we go into the city tomorrow. We are so excited to see NY from the water.

Eleven days of travel, and eight hundred miles since we left Charleston, SC, and we are anchored just outside New York City. Not much time to do any exploring, because most days were 8 to 10 hours, so by the time we got anchored or into a marina, there wasn't much time to explore. The trip has been good for the most part, with calm seas, and nice days, with lots to see along the way, but Friday night was not fun. I'm sure you saw on the news, all the storms that moved through the East coast. We were anchored in Atlantic City, and around 01:30, the storm rolled through. This was about the worst storm we have ever been anchored out in, and we have been in some bad ones. September Song heeled over the most she ever has. Our snubber lines (5/8's braided) snapped, and our snubber hook (1/2 inch SS) bent. May-Days were being called on the VHF to the Coast Guard from boats grounded, and others in trouble. Our anchor held, and we were one of the lucky ones. When we went out the inlet today, I called the Coast Guard to report a fishing boat about a mile off shore that was half sunk. I talked to the SeaTow guy, and he said this was the worst he has seen. Most of the city lost power, and they were still without power when we left today.

September Song (NYC here we come) out

We were at the free dock in Great Bridge, just before the lock, and this huge rig came by our boat after locking through. It took four tugs to keep it in the channel. 

Going through the Great Bridge Bridge.

Guess where Mom and Dad took us!

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Only 160 miles to Norfolk.

Time for Mom and Godiva to take a nap

Kids, enjoying the water, on a hot day, along the ICW. "Mom and Dad, can we go play with them?"

Mother osprey and three babies. It must have been a good year. Most nests we passed had two and alot had three babies.
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It doesn't get any calmer than this on the Chesapeake.

You know you are on the Chesapeake when.....When you start to see the Waterman boats. 

It was nice to stop at a marina for the night, after a hot day on the water.

Hi gorgeous!
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It's always way cool to see all the ships in port in Norfolk.

This crane looks like something out of a science fiction movie.
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Don't look now, but we are in a bombing practice range. That's a target they use.

Headed into our marina for the night at Solomons. That's a lot of sailboats. 

Our welcoming committee.

Rough day on the Chesapeake.
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Now that's a channel marker.

Time for a night out in Cape May.

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Another night out in Chesapeake City. An hour and a half later, we were in bed. I know, I know. Hey, they have been long days!

Headed out at sunrise on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Amazing. This canal is 13 miles long, and was built in 1828.

Bridges over the canal are all over 135 foot high, because the big guys use it.

Marking a shoal in Delaware Bay
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Now that's a fly bridge

Not so big!

A car carrier. (AKA roll off) These ships look so weird. 

If there is a a problem with a ship on the C and D Canal, these ships respond. 
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The view of Atlantic City as we come in from the Atlantic.

The channel going into our anchorage in Atlantic City. It's a little unnerving, when you see a fisherman standing in knee deep water next to the channel, and the channel is not much wider than our boat, and she draws 5 feet.

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