A TOUR OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
We are presently in Vineyard Haven after stops in Newport and Cuttyhunk. The Newport stop was unplanned - in that both David and I had to make emergency visits to the dentist. The trip from Block Island to Newport was not a very pleasant one - very rough until we reached Beavertail. We even took water over the stern quarter. But Obsession and David handled the rough and confused seas very well. Once on the mooring in Newport we settled in for an afternoon of music at Kings Park. We outfitted the dinghy with a clicky chair, a tube chair and a cooler with wine and rum and a package of Goldfish. We sat back and enjoyed a front row seat, and some tunes.
|We had front row, unobstructed view seats - no dogs, no kids!|
|A totally random shot, but I think it shows how|
relaxed and comfortable we were.
And of course - the obligatory sunset picture. I'm always amazed at how beautiful the night sky is when we are cruising. It seems our eyes are always turned toward the sky - looking for storms, clouds, clear skies, as well as sunrises and sunsets, and stars late at night.
Our plan to head to the Vineyard the very next day was quickly modified when friends Cleve and Bethany and Adam arrived. It's always special to see them - we call them "Our Cuttyhunk Friends." The weekend was a busy one in Cuttyhunk, boats coming and going, anchoring, and re-anchoring, dragging anchor, picking up moorings etc. We walked the beach, gathered wood, stones and sea glass, enjoyed fresh hot doughnuts at the cafe, fresh swordfish from Captain Bruce, and a late night campfire on the beach. These are the kind of days spent in Cuttyhunk we will long remember.
|What a great bunch- "Cuttyhunk Friends"|
Adam, Bethany, Cleve and David
|What would Cuttyhunk be without lobster pots?|
|I was up early - 5:15am for this Cuttyhunk Sunrise|
|Eyes to the sky - storm's a comin"|
|Cuttyhunk Sunset - can you see the sun shining through|
the windows of the house on the hill?
|Always looking for "gadgets" that come in handy|
at the campfire. Thanks Bethany for these
cute and useful wine glass holders.
|There's just something about water and fire.|
Vineyard Haven beckons. It wouldn't be a summer without a visit here. We've spent time here every summer since we first bought Obsession 29. With kids, without kids, with family and friends. A leisurely sail through Quicks Hole and up the Vineyard Sound under jib only. Call us lazy if you want, but we have the time and you can't beat the views of the Elizabeth Islands on one side and the Western Coast of Martha's Vineyard. There are ferries, fishing boats, large cruising yachts, and yes - sometimes we even cross the path of friends on their sailboats. Our plan when we get to Vineyard Haven is to anchor, meet up with our friend Steve Myrick, enjoy some of our favorite haunts, visit the library and pick up a few groceries, fuel and ice before heading to Onset and points North and East.
|Always - in Vineyard Haven you see classic yachts sailing|
in and out - that would include the Shenandoah and Alabama
|New meets old - Island Home Ferry. It wouldn't be|
Vineyard Haven without the ferries.
|Mad Martha's has moved. It's now in what used to be|
the old Moxie restaurant that burned down a few years
ago - right next to where the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore was
until they took over the old Bowl and Board across the street.
|Lobster Fritters at the Blue Canoe - a NEW favorite restaurant.|
|Our view at dinner last night - Obsession is in the picture in|
the distance on anchor. So not only was dinner delicious, but
we had the best view of the harbor.
Rain, thunder storms and strong winds keep us here until tomorrow when we will head to Onset, at the head of Buzzards Bay just at the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal. They are celebrating 100 years of the Canal with fireworks Tuesday night, we will enjoy them and then head through the Canal on Wednesday. Scituate, Gloucester, Portland, Jewel and Diamond Islands are on our list of places to visit.
|Not sure if this video downloaded or not - if so, it's a 360 of Cuttyhunk.|