Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sometimes the Stars Align


Since our fateful overnight, we have fared most nicely. Luck has been with us, each day working out as it should. Even the five days we were "stuck" in Northport were pleasant. There was a nice little town and the beach for the dogs. They loved that - they also love their supper which they had to get while underway because of the long day today.

It turned out that by taking that overnight hop from Castine to Cuttyhunk, we easily dodged any possible problems from Hurricane Bill, ran through Hell Gate on the East River with favorable current, and today were able to position ourselves behind Reedy Island which is near the C&D Canal allowing us to get to the Chesapeake Bay tomorrow. By moving today we escaped days of rough seas, beginning tonight, that would probably have stranded us in Atlantic City for some time.

So I'm wondering, were the 10 hours of feeling seasick that night worth the "luck" we're experiencing now? It's easy to downplay that experience when the sun is shining and the seas are calm. It's also the sort of lapse of memory that can lead us to poor decisions. For now, I'll enjoy our luck and remind Dylan, the Celtic god of the waves, that we did name our puppy after him. Oh, and I'll keep my seasick medicine close.

2 comments:

Beverly Bishop said...

I think right up from your anchorage is a town - Old New Castle. An old town along with a huge park and trails along the Del. River, I think, up to the Canal. One of those towns you'd love to live in. Or, I would.

jeffnick said...

While offshore in the sailboat, Suzy and I would often lament that we had to be nuts to be out there and would never do it again. By the time we were dropping the anchor back at our home port, we were planning our next voyage.