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Posted By Robin & Jim

Last night we received the very sad news that Jim's Step-Mother Kitty passed away.  She had been struggling with some serious health issues for a while and we knew this day would come, but it's still a shock and it came about rather quickly.  Kitty was a thoughtful and kind person, fun and funny.  She loved her sports teams and she loved her glass of wine.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and most of all she was was a loving wife to Jim's Dad.  They were a great pair - traveling and enjoying their little rituals, and finding joy in so many things.  We loved her dearly and will miss her very much.

This is Kitty and her son Bill.

Kitty and Bill

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, whereever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

 
Posted By Robin & Jim

Long Island continues to be a lovely surprise.  We hated to leave Port Washington, with all its interesting aviation history - many large commercial seaplanes were manufactured there, and the Pan Am Clipper used to land there until Mayor LaGuardia convinced the airlines to move closer to NYC. 

Our next stop was Huntington, NY where we found many small natural harbors and coves - moorings everywhere!  I've never seen so many moored boats stuck in every nook and cranny.  Huntington is another lovely town with tree-lined streets, beautiful stone walls, and lovely gardens.  It boasts a nice little art museum (which happened to have an Edward Weston exhibit) and a gorgeous wooded park with ponds.

huntington park

We found an ice cream and fancy cake shop that looked interesting, so we all had to give it a try.

ice cream shop

I think we were most intrigued by the nifty ice cream cone "flower arrangement" in the window... and the ice cream proved worthy of the fancy decor.

ice cream cone art

Along the shoreline we've seen homes that range from enormous mansions to just regular houses, but the setting is hilly and wooded and beautiful.

huntington harbor homes

From Huntington we headed out to the "fish tail" on the eastern end of Long Island. We anchored in Coecles (pronounced "cockles") Harbor in Shelter Island - very pretty and quiet with a large protected bird sanctuary on the south shore. Coecles was a  good protected place to anchor and the water was very clean and clear. I kayaked around the sanctuary and saw lots of terns, gulls, ospreys, and raccoons hunting in the shallows.

raccoon

We dinghied over to famous Sag Harbor to get a feel for part of the fancy-schmanzy "Hamptons", and enjoyed walking the town. There were lots of bigger yachts, but it's still a little early in the season and mid-week.so I can imagine that the "bling factor" goes up quite a bit once summer is in full swing.

sag harbor yachts

Sag Harbor has a nice little whaling museum, lovely tree-lined streets with old homes and pretty flower gardens. There are interesting shops ranging from trendy to artsy, plus a good old-fashioned hardware store (packed to the gills with a bit of everything) and a little IGA grocery.  And of course, ice cream shops.

sag harbor ice cream


 
Posted By Robin & Jim

We spent two weeks dealing with things in the NJ area.  While there we focused on some difficult tasks, but we did take one night off to go into NYC via the Staten Island Ferry to see a Broadway show with our cruising buddies Pat and Chuck.

staten is ferry ny skyline

We walked around Times Square a bit, found a wonderful NY deli for dinner, and saw Million Dollar Quartet - about Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash.  It was a good distraction for us.

times square

We finally wrapped things up enough to head out, and unfortunately we had a very strong ebbing current against us all the way through NY harbor and up the East River.  But going slow gave us more time to sightsee along the way.

williamsburg bridge

New York is such a dramatic city, and it's always a thrill to cruise past it, through Hell Gate, past City Island, and out into Long Island Sound. 

Our first stop was Port Washington on Long Island, where we walked the town and explored a bit.  This is the first time I've ever seen a vending machine that sells fishing bait.  (You can not make this stuff up...)

bait vending machine

bait close-up

The highlight was meeting my childhood friend Kathy and her husband Chris for dinner.  It was absolutely fabulous to see them and to catch up on our lives... and recount a few stories from when we were little kids.  Now we're just big ones.

happy reunion

It has been a long journey from our last big stop in the Potomac River on the Chesapeake to Long Island, NY.  This shows our path, with a line to our next stops in Huntington and Sag Harbor indicated.

potomac to li map

Here's a closer view of the NYC area and Long Island all the way out to Cape Cod on the far right of the map.  After some more stops on Long Island, we're heading to Block Island, then up to the tip of Cape Cod.

long island map