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Day ? in NJ09/27/2008, Atlantic Highlands
Had a very quiet night last night. I slept like a log. The water was very calm and the fog covered everything in a white blanket of moisture. I keep trying to take pictures of the boats in the fog, but have trouble focusing properly. Even though it's calm out, every time I go up top, I rock the boat ever sol slightly and it takes time for it to settle down again. There's a gull outside on the water, calling to someone and the sound of a fish breaking the water. The shroud lines are slapping the mast. Guess I shouldn't have gone up to try and take twilight pictures. Later... Need to check on whether Kyle has progressed from a tropical storm to a hurricane yet and see where the projections put it.
How many days in New Jerseydismal
09/26/2008, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Everything feels so damp, cold and wet. I need to remember to investigate replacement gaskets for the windows. I've got drips all over the place from the rains pelting the boat. One good thing, my windows are no longer salt covered J. The latest news on the weather systems we were watching - the one on us yesterday was never named (it should have been too - all you needed to do was look at the weather map and you could see it was a depression at least) feels like it's past us finally and it sounds like we have tropical storm Kyle off Bermuda that's trying to become a hurricane heading up the coast. Another low is riding up that looks like it will intersect Kyle so I'm not sure when we'll get to leave here. I wasn't far off when I was joking about "a week in Jersey" I guess. I decided that I needed to make cinnamon rolls this morning - it will heat up the boat and make it smell good too LOL. I think that the alcohol stove and I are making friends little by little. It just takes time for it to come up to speed and as long as I don't require a great amount of heat - hey, we'll get used to each other LOL. I noticed Skip and Lydia were up top when I was hanging out our wet, salty clothes to rinse in the rain this morning and after the cinnamon rolls came out of the oven waved at them to pick up the radio, and invited them over for rolls and grapes. I couldn't figure out how to invite them for coffee because we only had 2 cups but Skip was saying he was brewing his second cup so I told him they could bring them over here so that worked out well. My rolls were a little over done but I really enjoyed having them over and chatting with them. We're the only 2 boats that stayed at anchor through this mess - don't know where everyone else went but now I noticed that the single handler is back and anchored behind us this evening. I felt bad for him the other morning. He was up all night and up top a lot during that awful weather in the morning too before taking off. Since he's back he probably picked up a mooring here for last nights 2nd round of weather.
Hey Jersey!!!!Still nasty - aren't they supposed to name tropical depressions?
09/25/2008, NJ LOL
It stayed nasty and blowing all day, (basically a continuation of last night) but it wasn't as scary in the daylight. [Did you ever notice that given the same situation in the day it just doesn't seem as bad as when you're in the dark? It reminded me of home when the tornado warnings would come. During the day - you can always face them better than when they come at night and you can't see them.] The winds kept up and ranged from 25 - 35 with gusts up to 45 and we were straining at the anchors. I say anchors because after coffee we set another anchor after hearing the forecast calling for Gale Warnings and more of the same with seas outside the bay calling for 8-13 ft. Seeing some of the waves come over the breakwater, experiencing the waves and winds last night, dragging anchors thoughout the anchor area, and gale warnings, convinced us to put out another anchor at 45 degrees to the first. We also decided to turn on the anchor alarm (on the chart plotter) as another precaution but I doubted that I'd be able to hear it over the wind, the rigging noise and the waves slamming the boat. Today was just nasty and this evening when I tried to sleep in the V-berth it was just toooo slamming, so I came out to the main cabin and tried to sleep there. It started to let up a little after 2:00am and Wayne went to bed, but I stayed in the main cabin just in case the anchor alarm went off (so I could hear it). It's Friday morning and there's a beautiful red glow where the sun should be coming up. Time to make coffee...