Sunrise in New York City. Red sky in the morning ......................
Well, here we are on the dock in Atlantic City after a 100 mile run & a 10 1/2 hour day. We we up with the birds this morning & pulled away from the dock by 5:45am. Too early... but the weather forecast was good so off we went. We passed under the Verezano Bridge which officially marks the end of of New York City Harbor & were out in the Atlantic, along with several large tankers, tugs pushing/pulling barges and one very large container ship. The south end of the Harbor is much busier than the north end with the Staten Island Ferries literally flying across the harbor plus all the commercial traffic either exiting or entering the Atlantic Ocean.
The seas were flat with barely a ripple, just the gentle ocean swells but as usual in the afternoon the winds increased. But, by that time the skyline of Atlantic City was on the horizon so it did not matter if the seas got a bit lumpy.
It was confirmed to us early this morning that we truly are traveling south as we had our first dolphin sighting. Unfortunately they did not appear to be interested in playing in our wake, just came up, rolled over & went back down again. But, it was a thrill just the same.
This is our first visit to Atlantic City ( by boat or otherwise) & although there are lots of bright casino hotel lights the transient docks at the marina(attached to the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel) are virtually empty. A sign of the times I guess.!
Tomorrow will be another early start but it is only 40 miles to Cape May & the finish of the Atlantic portion of our trip. The forecast after tomorrow is for high winds & possible t-storms so I imagine we will get to enjoy Cape May's charm for a day or two.
The next leg, north on Delaware Bay to the C&D Canal is not to be attempted in high winds so we will hunker down & wait out this front passing thru. We are away ahead of schedule so it will be nice to stop for a couple of days & give our dedicated crew a chance to relax and enjoy a New Jersey Beach town. For non boaters they have adjusted very well to the daily routine so they deserve a reward :)
Who knows we might even go swimming in the Atlantic.!!
After a very peaceful night in Kingston NY, with none of the forecasted storms materializing, we were off the dock by 7:00AM on our way to New York City.
It was a picture perfect day on the water, sun shining with no humidity & the high winds of the day before had gone to wherever high winds go when they are finished.
We all enjoyed the Hudson River scenery, beautiful old mansions high on the hilside, neat lighthouses sitting on rocks in the middle of the river & before we knew it West Point Military Academy came into view & then very soon after the George Washington Bridge.
Our trusty GPS brought us right to the entrance to Lincoln Harbor Marina in Wehawken NJ, directly across the Hudson River from the Empire State Building & right at the spot where the Miracle on the Hudson occurred ( US Airlways Plane that crashlanded in the Hudson River) & we were securely tied with the fuel tanks filled & the holding tank emptied by 3:30PM.
We treated ourselves to dinner at The ChartHouse Restuarant & again it did not disappoint. Pricy but yummy roast beef with enough leftovers for dinner tonight.
Today we all took the ferry over to the city, hopped the bus & went to the bottom of Manhattan to the 911 Memorial. Tourism is not suffering in New York City !!! The streets were the usual hustle & bustle of New York but this is high vacation season & it showed. We did not have time to wait in line for tickets to view the gardens but at least John & Shirley got an idea of the magnitude & scope of what actually happened here on September 11, 2001. The whole of the memorial is still a work in progress with approx 3000 people working every day on the construction of the Memorial Towers & surrounding grounds.
So, we all voted to return to the boat & enjoy the rest of our time here with cold libations on the flybridge of the boat, watching the activities on the river. At any given time there are at least five ferries running at full speed back & forth across the river, plus the recreational boats & the helicopters that are always buzzing overhead. No marina on this area of the Hudson River can avoid the swells that come from the ferries so as a result it is always a rocking & rolling experience & requiring a tight hold on your wine glass :)
Tomorrow morning will be another early departure to get us out of the Harbor before the heavy ferry traffic starts.
It is approximately 95 miles to Atlantic City and this is our planned destination tomorrow if the forecast holds. After todays off day we will be ready to hit the waterways tomorrow again.
08/05/2012, Kingston NY
After a very relaxing down day in Waterford we were on the move again very early this morning. We passed thru the small Federal lock at Troy with a fleet of tug boats & then were on our way south on the Hudson. We had the tide with us & even going directly into a South wind which at times reached 30 Knots we managed to maintain good speed and were docked in Kingston by 2:00pm, just in time (well not quite) to avoid the huge downpour & thunder that came in from the west. After we all dried out ( the Captain managed to stay dry) we headed out for lunch & tonight we are all just vegging out, catching up on correspondence.
The forecast for this evening is for severe t-storms & torrential rains but at this point the radar looks as if it might have missed this area.
Tomorrow we will continue our journey down the Hudson & if all goes well will be in New York City tomorrow evening.
As we found on the trip North in 2010 the Hudson River scenery is spectacular & the mind is boggled by the size of some of the real estate along the river.
All in all another great day, abeit a bit breezy & wet at the end. More adventures tomorrow.
Well, after five days of going full out we are in Waterford NY, arriving about 1:15 today. We left Amsterdam early & passed thru the remaining locks with no wait time. In less than 90 minutes we were thru the Flight Locks, six locks in a mile & a half , dropping us down approx 157 feet in that short distance. Amazing as when you enter the first one you can look out at the mountains. Hard to imagine that these locks were built so many years ago yet the technology is amazing. We quickly realized that going down is much easier than going up & we dropped so fast in some of them it was like being in an elevator, with water instead of a floor.
We were so fortunate to arrive on the dock here when we did as we took the 2nd last spot, right under the bridge which afforded us shade all afternoon. There is a big festival going on here this week-end & supposedly a beer barge is arriving tomorrow & very conveniently will be docked close to us :)
We have decided to take advantage of the hospitality here & stay another day as all services are close by & the grocery store even lets you bring a cart back to the dock. So, Saturday is a day of rest & Sunday we will be off th dock early on our way down the Hudson towards New York City. Exciting times ahead.
Well, here we are in Amsterdam, NY, just east of Lock # 11 which means we are on the countdown now.
Today we did 63 miles & 9 locks, the majority of it in 90+ temperatures. The morning greeted us ( 6:30 am departure) with dense mist/fog but we plodded along & soon the big orange ball did it's magic.
We are having glorious weather, although a few degrees cooler would be preferred. We are amazed at the lack of traffic on the canal & only once have shared the lock with another boat, that one being a Canal Boat.
The effects of last year's Hurricane Irene were very evident in todays locks & much more work needs to be done as the shorelines are lined with broken trees & deadheads are abundant, requiring constant vigilence.
Tomorrow we plan to arrive in Waterford & will probably give ourselves a break for a day before starting the trek down the Hudson.
Our crew have been performing admirably & I think they are beginning to feel very comfortable on our little ship.
Todays excitement was the sighting of a young deer swimming across the river just ahead of us. That was a "first" for all of us. Ducks are in abundance & always provide us with a chuckle when they swim up into our wake just like little kids playing.
Well here we are in Utica, having passed thru Lock #20, our first one going down instead of up, which means we are on our way to the Hudson River.
We got a late start today but it was worth it as now our stern thruster is working. We had a repair person this morning who sorted it out & now we are happy campers (boaters).
Gorgeous weather again today, plenty of sunshine with just enough breeze to keep us cool.
Lake Oneida was a breeze, the highest wave being a mere ripple..again the weather gods were looking after us.
Tomorrow will be a long day, but after todays relaxed pace we are in good shape.
The cooks turned lazy tonight & we dined at the restaurant whose wall we are tied on. Leftovers are on the lunch menu tomorrow :)
A minor disaster was averted today when the eagle eyed captain noticed we were missing a fender ( which the first mate had secured. ..... NOT) but a quick u-turn had it recovered & this time firmly secured. Lesson learned... Don' t trust the easy adjustors without a line as well. It had snapped right off I guess withe pressure from the lock wall.
Our crew are catching on to the game very quickly & also learning that hard work earns rewards (extra beer/wine rations)
Tomorrow we hope to make ten locks which will then give us a very easy day on Friday & perhaps even a day of rest on Saturday.