A hike up the monument
29 March 2009 | Georgetown Anchorage
Sunday, March 29, 2009
After announcements and weather this morning on channel 72 we headed for Georgetown in the dinghy. The only thing open today in town is the grocery store and it's only open until 11:00am. So we wanted to make sure we had eggs, bread, cereal and fresh vegis before we took off (as well as dropping our garbage at the dump). Bumpy ride over and into Victoria Lake but we got to the grocery store with no problems. Most people took their big boats over yesterday to go shopping and to the Steak Out so most of the fruits and vegis were quite picked over. I got a few green tomatoes and they actually had some avocado this time that I couldn't pass up. Then we headed back over to our anchorage at Stocking Island and deposited the groceries and went for a beach walk.
We hiked over to the other side and it was amazing how calm the water is on the Sound today. Not like the raging waves of last time. It was a nice quiet walk and Wayne wanted to hike up to the monument, so after watching the waves for a while we hiked up to the monument and I now have shots of the monument from the boat, and shots of the boat from the monument. What an awesome view from the monument. I know it will probably look flat in the pictures, but it was quite spectacular and you could see so many islands in a chain that disappeared into the haze in the distance. Breath taking scenery.
After our hike up to monument we came back to the boat and vacillated whether to go to St Francis for cheeseburgers or put the dink up and prepare for a departure tomorrow. We read some and then vacillated some more, read some - then what the heck they have very good burgers and fries - we decided to dinghy over for the burgers and a beer. Don't know when we'll get another one... Starting at 5pm they have burgers, then Trivial Pursuit after that. I know Wayne's not into games but hey - a burger and a beer? They still have awesome burgers and we watched North Carolina & Oklahoma basketball while eating. Love this Hi-Def T.V. What a difference! We ran into Camilla and Pete from Nele (the West Point Couple) while finishing up our burgers and stayed to play Trivial Pursuit with them. There were about ten other teams and we missed 17 out of 40 but had a great time. The winning team only missed 9 questions and we were right in the middle of the bell curve as far as the numbers missed. This is another couple I love to keep running into and I'm glad we stayed to play with them (everyone knows I love to play all kinds of games). If we'd have brought a flashlight for the dinghy ride back, we'd have stayed longer to chat, but sunset was approaching, and I didn't want to be caught after dark out in the dink and couldn't remember if the anchor light was on or not (it was).
It was a very nice last day here in Elizabeth Harbor. It's sad watching everyone say goodbye. They form a close-knit community here over the winter months and as everyone starts to depart it's like the entire community breaks apart, like a gypsy caravan that separates. It must be joyful to reunite the following fall/winter season.