One for the sea, One for the land...... Living the Nomadic Life is our plan

Who: Janice & Steve

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'OMG It's Almost Time' in 'Getting the Boat Ready' attempts to describe my excitement of our impending departure.
Check out our Favorite Anchorages and best snorkeling spots in Blog Catagory 'Our Favorite Things'
And our thoughts on the completion of our first year in 'Our Cruising Advenures'!

Our Nations Capitol

21 July 2016
Leaving the crowded tourist towns behind we headed to the beach to spend several days at Assateauge Island National Seashore. Wild horses roam free the entire length of the island.

A really great campsite was almost on the beach, separated from the water by a small sand dune. The horses would walk the beach over the dune and nibble in the sparce grass in the campsites. DeeO'gee was so excited each time they would visit going nose to nose with anyone that let him close.

The breeze off the ocean gave relief to the opressing heat experienced inland. We had planned to take some day trips through the surrounding area but never left the beach. Now here is a place I could spend a month or two as camp host.

On the way to our nations capital we stopped at St Michaels. We enjoyed an excellent seafood lunch and a stroll through one of the most darling towns you have ever seen. This is another town that we are looking forward to coming back to by boat.

We changed our reservations in D.C. from a federal campground to a state park with electricity and it was a good thing that we did. It was hot! Really really hot.

Early the next day we took the MetroRail into D.C. and headed right to the Washington Monument. The line was already quite long for the free tickets to go up to the observation deck at the top but we did manage to snag tickets for a late afternoon tour.

Next stop was the Smithsonian Castle, the administration building and information center. Loaded with a map and info of which museums we would visit we headed to Air and Space. Many of the exhibits brought back memories from our childhoods when the space race was on.

There are more monuments and memorials than one could possibly walk to in a single day and with temps over 100 degrees we tried to keep to the air conditioned interiors of the Smithsonian buildings.

We took in a bit of culture in the National Gallery of Art enjoying Monet, Renoir, Picasso, de Vinci and more. We were amazed that original painting by the masters were hanging right there in front of us.

Next stop was the Museum of Natural History. One couldn't help but think of "Night at the Museum" when you walk in to see the 65 million year old Tyrannosaurus Rex perched looking like he is ready to fetch a stick.

This was clearly the family favorite of the museums we visited that day. What kid, big or small, wouldn't want to see the fossils, stuffed animals or the butterfly garden?

At the appointed time we walked back to the Washington Monument only to find that the elevator was broken and the monument closed. We were exhausted from the heat and the crowds so we headed back to the subway station. DeeO'gee had spend the day at doggie day camp and spa and was looking very dapper when we picked him up.

The next day we drove into Alexandria for a walk around town and dinner at historic Gatsby's. Joe and Julie, folks we met at Antigua Classicsjoined, joined us for dinner and a chance to catch up on Caribbean gossip.

Once again it was time to leave the crowds behind but this time we head to the mountains.

Exploring Salem, Boston, Plymouth and Philadelphia

16 July 2016
Driving the coastline south from Acadia took us through several small towns and villages and a chance to visit new RV friends, Brenda and Andy, that we had met in Florida this past winter. Each towns was as inviting as the last and we hated the fact that we had reservations and needed to keep moving. Normally we travel without them but the east coast is densely populated and it was typical vacation season.

Salem is home to the U.S. National Guard and sports the House of Seven Gables but is best known for their Salem Witch Trials. Over 200 people were accused in a series of trials in 1692 and the first part of the following year. A total of 20 people were executed, several also died in jail. What I didn't know was that Europe had executed thousands of people accused of witchcracft from the 1300s through the 1600s. Back in Salem the trials were found unlawful in 1702 and restitution was made to the families in 1711.

We had a lovely RV site right along the harbor and close to the Historic district. It is a small town that gets overrun by one million tourists annually.

From here we did a day trip to Gloucester to visit the Fisherman's Memorial. Over 10,000 have lost thier life to the sea but none more famous than the captain and crew of the "Andrea Gail". Our friend Brenda described the weather that day in Gloucester, putting reality into the unreal circumstances for "The Perfect Storm".

Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston was another fabulous day. The red brick path took us to the Old North Church where Paul Reverse is immortalized on his horse. This is the most visited historic site in Boston.

Continuing on the trail we passed through the North End and continued on to Faneuil Hall, Old State House, Old Meeting Hall and the site of the Boston Massacre. This is the site where 5 civilians were shot by British soldiers sparking the American Revolution. My favorite places were the old burying grounds. Seeing tombstones of famous figures we learned about in grade school was an amazing experience. John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere are just a few names saw here.

Our next stop was Plymouth to see the Mayflower (replica) and The Rock. More than a million visitors a year stop by to look at the rock just like we did, I wonder if it is the same million from Salem?

Here we had lunch with cruising friends Lee and Sharon s/v Allegro. It was great to catch up on more cruising news and again we wish we could have stayed longer.

We were passing through Road Island and settled into a wildlife area near the entrance to long island sound. A few days later a short visit to Mystic allowed us to add Connecticut to our map and move on.
We had planned to spend the next few nights in New York City but common sense prevailed and we changed to a full hookup RV resort in New Jersey. At this point heat was becoming a major issue and we needed shade and both air conditioners running. Cruising friends Benia and Ed m/v Genteel (formerly s/v Sea Angel) were docked at Point Pleasant so we had a couple great visits with them and a trip to Atlantic City for docktails with a group of their friends. We also made plans to have the boat ready to attend Fantasy Fest with them in Key West this fall.

Our last stop on this entry was Philadelphia. The liberty bell and Independence Hall was calling for us. We visited the Old City Hall and even mailed postcards to the grandchildren from Benjamin Franklin's very first post office. We really enjoy walking around historic cities and feel fortunate to be taking in so many sight on this year's SLOTHly travels. Last but not least, lunch. I bet you know what we had for lunch!

Vessel Name: Nomadic Spirit
Vessel Make/Model: 32' Island Gypsy & 36' Monaco
Crew: Janice & Steve
This adventure began in October of 2007 when Steve came to look at a boat that Janice had for sale on Craig's List. Steve wanted to learn how to sail and Janice needed a new kitchen. [...]
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One for the sea, One for the land...... Living the Nomadic Life is our plan

Who: Janice & Steve

Click: Where are we now?

'OMG It's Almost Time' in 'Getting the Boat Ready' attempts to describe my excitement of our impending departure.
Check out our Favorite Anchorages and best snorkeling spots in Blog Catagory 'Our Favorite Things'
And our thoughts on the completion of our first year in 'Our Cruising Advenures'!