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A Perfect Fall Day in NY
70, sunny, perrfect
09/20/2008, NY, NY

After coffee and lollygagging about, we dingied to the marina and walked up 79th to Broadway to Zabar's. We both got the Ruben Panini this time (they forgot the sauerkraut this time). They have the leanest, tender corn beef. Then we walked up Broadway to 97th Street to the Walgreen's where we were able to get the scripts from last time refilled. At first they gave me a hassle saying there weren't any refills, but they then discovered I only got a partial so we both now have 30 day scripts left. I must be missing something that people under the retirement system do when they travel because I've never heard of anyone having so much difficulty getting scripts filled when they travel in retirement!

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking/shopping up and down Broadway and people watching. Allie & Nate, if you're reading this - you'd both like NY and Broadway! Bought Vegi's and fruit (hey got some lichee nuts!!!) from the street stalls, then went back to Zabar's to explore their deli-stores. Wow! They've got so many different cheeses, breads, ready-made meals, etc... there - It was amazing! I picked up some bakery fresh sour dough bread, bypassed all the pastries, tarts, etc. and opted for another bread (a Bon Pain Baguette), picked up some of their salmon chowder (I'd tried this yesterday - very yummy); tasted some of their samples of spreads, etc... just an amazing deli. It was a very nice walk. We both decided that "we like New York" which kind of surprised us both. It's an artificial environment that's a super melting pot that in every essence seems to work. Yes there were still bums in doorways, homeless panhandlers, and gang symbols scrawled across most everything and in the subway etched on the windows, but everyone that we met and asked for directions or assistance went out of their way to be nice. This trip we didn't really run into the nasty disposition people that have been run into before - they're still there though - listen to all the car horns and swearing at each other - but the people we met this trip were warm and friendly (in the subway and in the park). So, for it's vitality, ease of travel, shopping, outdoor activities, museums, etc... it got a 2 thumbs up from us.

Back to the boat now and we've hoisted the dingy up, went over our charts and set in the waypoints for our trip outside on the Atlantic to Cape May (the day after tomorrow, weather permitting). Tomorrow we'll head down to a Bay inside Sandy Hook to position for our outside trip.

10/03/2008 | Bob Robinson
Hey, I enjoyed your trip down the Erie Canal; most informative. I think that I could do that. As long as I don't have to travel on open water, motion sickness probably would not take over. Also, you can take turns walking or running along the footpath to stretch your legs. Now if there were only canals from Washington state to Michigan....
New York, New York
Sunny, Nice, 68
09/19/2008, 79th Street Boat Basin, NY

Wow... From 11pm to 2:30 am I listened to the mooring ball smacking into the boat when we switched directions. Went up several times to check on it because it sounded like it was going to come through the hull. Current was running 3.2 - 3.7 knots and at slack tide until the tide turned back again it was not pleasant. Not much sleep atoll... Wayne was dreaming something about water and my stomach was giving me fits the rest of the night...

After coffee we hoisted the dingy off the boat and put the motor on it. Did I mention the current here is something else??? If the motor conks out there's no way we can row against it (luckily the motor worked). After we signed in at the office we learned that they have free ice and free laundry facilities (wow - free is good). Then we got directions from one of the road crew on how to get to a CVS pharmacy, the subway, Broadway and Central Park. He was pretty terrific and actually stopped traffic so we could get across the road area and on our way...

Went to Zabar's Deli for panini sandwiches. Awesome Ruben and we noticed they have a block of restaurant, bakery, store, etc... then we found CVS. Interesting note here - on prescriptions. If you get a refill on a prescription in NY, they will give you one refill, but it negates the rest of the refills if it's from a different state. Soooo, we decided to wait until we leave NY to refill unless we find a Walgreen's (since we got new scripts there). The whole thing is ludicrous as far as their pharmaceutical procedures in NY.


Went to Zabar's Deli for panini sandwiches. Awesome Ruben and we noticed they have a block of restaurant, bakery, store, etc... then we found CVS. Interesting note here - on prescriptions. If you get a refill on a prescription in NY, they will give you one refill, but it negates the rest of the refills if it's from a different state. Soooo, we decided to wait until we leave NY to refill unless we find a Walgreen's (since we got new scripts there). The whole thing is ludicrous as far as their pharmaceutical procedures in NY.

Next up - 5th Ave and Madison Ave stroll, then on to Central Park. What an awesome place that is. Gorgeous park, huge, with parks, lakes, walking and jogging routes. I couldn't believe the amount of nannies, joggers and bicyclists there are there during the day. A short visit to Metropolitan Museum of Art then to the subway and over to China Town. The walk from the subway to there was unbelievable. Hawkers trying to sell you watches, perfumes, etc... and the street venders and junk stores were abundant. Once we got off Canal Street, we visited a park that I remembered... Filled with oriental people playing games on game boards - pretty place. Then the Chinese stores, pharmacies, food stalls, etc... with live crabs trying to escape their baskets, the smell of fish, and fresh seafood in the stalls - clams, crabs, squid, mountainous piles of fish, eel, etc... restaurants with pigs feet, hanging cooked duck, and pigs heads in the windows; the busy store front stalls, loading and unloading of goods, it was quite a busy place... After eating at one little restaurant and walking back through central park and museum row we were both to tired to hike up to the theater district of Broadway so caught the subway back to 79th and Broadway and dingied back through the strong currents (running against us of course) back to the boat. I'm still rolling in the boat. Back and forth, as I type this up. No sleep last night and walking all day today... The lights of Broadway are definitely not calling our names tonight... I foresee a long night again - this is a very roily anchorage here.

Haverstraw Bay to NY City
Sunny, 68-70
09/18/2008, 79th Street Boat Basin, NY City

Up early and off to the Big Apple. The current along the Hudson is amazing. Very strong. Great scenery along the way. We passed Sing Sing, Tarry Town (Sleepy Hollow), the Tappan Z Bridge and the Palisades (huge columnar jointed basalt flows). We got into New York around 2pm and finally got moored by 3pm after we figured out yes that was the mooring field we just passed. It was interesting to note that the current was so strong that I was revved to 1000 rpms to to hold my place in the water without going backwards. It took several tries before we managed to get and hold onto the mooring (I had to maintain speed in order to stay next to the mooring to hook onto it) then for us to cleat it off required both our strength. Crazy. Finally got situated though at 40o46.960 x 73o59.435. After that we took in the skyline and scenery, I made some sweet & sour pork for dinner and we pretty much called it a night. I couldn't get any decent pictures of the skyline at night because the boat wouldn't stop rocking and rolling.

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