Wednesday, March 15, 2017

THE NEWPORT BLUES (AUGUST - NOVEMBER, 2017)









The USS Zumwalt docked at the Newport Naval Base.
It is HUGE, (picture doesn't do it justice) and blends in
with the background.
Since last August we have been hunkered down in Newport except for one trip to Cuttyhunk and the Vineyard.  We visited our new favorite restaurant in Oak Bluffs, the Red Cat, and of course the Black Dog. 

From August to October 15 Obsession didn't leave Newport.  David's treatments continued, and his days of feeling fatigued increased from 2 to 4 days.  The engine and electrical problems on board continued to plague us, so we just decided to enjoy being on the boat in busy and entertaining Newport Harbor.  During that time we watched the Island Moving Company rehearsing for a Peter Pan Production on board the Oliver Hazard Perry, went for a few motor boat rides on Perrin's new toy, Tinker Toy, and walked the streets of Newport. When a tropical storm moved close to New England in early September we graciously accepted an invitation from our nephew and niece Morgan and Jenn and family to stay at their house in Middletown. Later that week the USS Zumwalt sneaked into town without much fanfare, but certainly drew a crowd of on-lookers.  Truly a technological marvel and a sight to see.

We enjoyed many sunsets, shared dinners with Oldport Launch Drivers as they headed back to school, a road trip to Jamestown and the Boat Show were some of the highlights of September.  At the end of September on the spur of the moment we decided to take a longer road trip to Niagara Falls.  It was a wonderful get away, David was feeling a little stronger, and we took advantage of that. It is truly a  magnificent sight.  For some reason we can never leave water - and over the course of the 3 days we managed to wear 3 different color rain ponchos - pink, yellow and blue.

October brought not only shorter and cooler days, but Patriots Football and Presidential Debates.  We had to purchase new winter coats, (I threw mine of 20 years away, David's was hidden somewhere in storage), hats, glove, winter sweaters and jeans, and boots.  David agreed to help Perrin sail his newly purchased "home", Escape,  an O'Day 322, from the Connecticut River to Newport Harbor and Hotel and Marina where he joined us living aboard for the winter.  October 15 we began to settle into our winter home, met some new boating friends and looked forward to the end of chemo treatments the end of November.  We spent a few nights at The Inn on the Harbor and The Inn on Long Wharf in November and December, enjoyed the Annual Holiday Boat Parade with Perrin and Kenny aboard the Amazing Grace.


 Here are some pictures of the highlights of these four months.

The early September storm from Fort Adams.

Moon Rise over Boat Show Mid-September


Perrin joined us in Cuttyhunk aboard Tinker Toy in August.  We had
to tow Tinker Toy home to Newport.  Engine wouldn't start.  

I can honestly say this is one of my most favorite bars to enjoy
dinner in Oak Bluffs.  The Red Cat.  Small, but quaint and inviting.

Our only cookout in Cuttyhunk this summer.  But, as always,
a perfect setting, and albeit simple (hotdogs and wings) food,
DELICIOUS!

A walk along Bellevue Avenue.  The LaForge Casino always
boasts beautiful flower boxes.

We spent a few days dockside at Fort Adams, The Alofsin Pier.
Niemiec Marine came down to work on the engine

The Opti Nationals happened during the time we were dockside.
We were treated with this scene every evening after a full
day of racing on the bay.  There were HUNDREDS of these
boats and kids competing and having a blast.
A trip under the falls for a close-up view

Aboard the Hornblower to view the Falls on the Canadian Side
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The Opti Nationals happened during the time we were dockside.
We were treated with this scene every evening after a full
day of racing on the bay.  There were HUNDREDS of these
boats and kids competing and having a blast.

Escape - Perrin and David arrive at NHH&M
October 13, 2016.  The happy boat/homeowner, Perrin
is on the bow.

As the end of David's Chemo approached we stayed at
the Inn on the Harbor a few nights so he could sleep in
a real bed and be warm and comfortable.  We enjoyed
watching the harbor become empty of boats.
A family gathering for two birthdays.  Peggy and Lucy, in
early November.

The debates are over, the election too
Our President is...Donald Trump! I stayed up
all night on the boat election night waiting
for the result.  Only to wake up later to
the fact that he DID win.
A beautiful moon over Trinity Church as we head
to Benjamin's one night for dinner.
Dressed and ready to watch
SOME PATRIOTS FOOTBALL.  We watched most
of the games with our friends at The Landing in Fall River.
What a season, Way to go, PATRIOTS.

The hair is growing back, and he is sporting some
of the new winter clothes we had to buy
A beautiful (one of many) sunsets from the cockpit of Obsession
dockside at Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina (Treadway to us).

Nephew Kenny sports his Christmas Sweater at
the annual Boat Parade Celebration
My pictures don't capture all of the beauty, the lights of
Trinity Church, the moon in the upper left hand corner, the
boat lit up like a candle.  All part of the Annual Boat Parade that
we we privileged to view from aboard the Amazing Grace
with launch driver friends from the summer.

David ringing the bell at the Cancer Clinic on November 30, 2016.
The last day.  Hooray!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Time Can Be So Magic

This is the title song from an album of
children's music that our kids loved to
listen to on the boat.  
Over the course of the last month we've experienced many ups and downs.  David is continuing with chemo, he feels great most of the time, has occasional days when he's weak and has little energy, but overall he's been doing fine  He has lost all his hair, so decided to shave it all off, and I'm getting used to his new look.  It's even been an adjustment for him.  He says he used to run his hand through his hair, and occasionally he still goes to do that, and encounters no hair, just a bald head!

The engine and electrical system on Obsession are still presenting problems.  Bluish smoke and fumes from the exhaust sent us to New Bedford for a few days to have it checked out.  We got no definitive answer, and had to return to Newport.  A week later we spent a lovely week in Cuttyhunk. On our trip home the engine just stopped runningoff of Sakonnet Point.  Luckily there was enough wind to sail into Newport, and we called Sea Tow to tow us to a slip at the Alofson Pier at Fort Adams.  We have been there for a few days now, awaiting the mechanic.  The Opti Nationals were going on during our time dockside, and we have had a prime seat watching them leave every morning and return every evening.  Pictures can't do justice to the vision of 400+ kids in Optis, plus all the support boats.  It's quite an undertaking.  We are thrilled to see Newport hosting such a great event.  It brings back fond memories of our days of racing and volunteering as race committee.

Facebook has an app that reminds me every day of things I've posted in years past.  I share some of them on Facebook, but more importantly it has served as a pleasant reminder of all the wonderful travels we've had aboard Obsession over the years.  We have truly enjoyed our summers on the boat. This summer is quite different, and we are trying to make the best of it despite a few setbacks.

We've only been to Cuttyhunk and Block Island. We have enjoyed more time in Newport on our mooring, and found that using the launch service to get around the harbor is THE way to go. We also can spend hours listening to the VHF.  Other boaters coming into Newport to find moorings, dockage, anchorage etc.  It is a different summer for us.

Here's a pictorial overview of our travels/experiences with captions.

The gradual loss of hair.

Sunset from  Pineapples at The Hyatt, Goat Island - 

A trip to Block Island with Perrin and Kenny.
Another one of my famous "butt" shots.

Are you really steering that boat, Kenny? 

The winners!  A game of Corn Hole at The Oar.



Some pictures of Cuttyhunk - you see the most
interesting sights there.

I never saw anyone sitting/lounging on the
"pink flamingoes".

We finally had dinner with these guys - well not
really, we took the pizza back to the boat.


It wouldn't be Cuttyhunk without at least one
boat aground in the pond.

In our spare time (we ARE retired) we practice
taking selfies.  We need MUCH more practicer.


Scallop and Bacon Pizza from Sopranos in Cuttyhunk.
It's like a scallop and bacon appetizer
on STEROIDS.  SOOO GOOD!

New Bedford/Fairhaven swingbridge.

Friends CJ and Lori from Borden Light met us for dinner
in New Beige (New Bedford) Fun night.

The fishing boat masts help create an interesting sunset.
This is only a fraction of the fishing boats
docked in New Bedford.

This will always be one of my favorite views from our
favorite anchor spot in Cuttyhunk, our favorite place.

On Chemo days we do laundry back at the Landing at
South Park (our condo).  This is our view.  Not bad, huh?

In contrast to New Bedford, the masts of these maxi-boats
also provide an interesting skyline, day or night.

Jazz Festival Weekend we had visitors, neighbors of
my sister Nancy.  Kim and Sean.  They had a great day
at the festival and joined us for cocktails before heading back up
the bay.

Another selfie.  Happy Birthday, David.  (Notice the bald head?)
Champagne at 41North and dinner at 22 Bowen's.
It's almost becoming a tradition.

A Cuttyhunk Sunset

A Newport Sunset from Fort Adams.

7 little Optis - all in a row.  There were over 400 of them
buzzing around the harbor for three days.  It was a National
Championship Regatta hosted by Sail Newport

Perrin's new (to him) boat - Tinker Toy, alongside of
Obsession.  He was one happy guy the day it was launched.

Taking the guys for a ride.  At least he could go fast
when I wasn't aboard.

A final "butt shot".  I was sitting in the inflated "couch" in the stern.
Fun ride.