Over our coffee this morning, Sabrina and I had the following conversation:
Brad, “When does XM start playing Christmas music?”
Sabrina, “I don’t know, maybe today? It’s November.”
Both of us, “Time to go south.”
The warm air that Sandy pushed north is now dissipating. The highs up here
over the weekend are in the mid-40’s. Now that the nasty weather has
cleared, it’s time for us to begin heading south in earnest.
We’ve been watching the news coverage of the damage in NY, NJ and
Connecticut. Originally we had planned to traverse Long Island Sound and
spend a week in NYC. Obviously, this may not be prudent based on the amount
of debris in the water and the damage that the city sustained. For now,
we’re going to head south quickly, making a few overnight stops at places we
still want to see. When we reach Rhode Island we’ll decide where we’re going
Yesterday we put the rest of the boat back together and pulled our secondary
anchor. I tried to pull it out by tying the rode to the dinghy and powering
it out, but it had buried so deeply in the mud during the storm that I
couldn’t budge it. I eventually had to use the windlass on JV to pull it
out, and even then I had to coax it out slowly. It was a tiring, muddy
Now that the boat is back together, we’ll be leaving The Basin later today.
Originally we said we were following the leaves south. After Sandy there are
no more leaves on the trees here, so it’s time to get going.