|The USS Zumwalt docked at the Newport Naval Base. |
It is HUGE, (picture doesn't do it justice) and blends in
with the background.
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,
|A walk along Bellevue Avenue. The LaForge Casino always|
boasts beautiful flower boxes.
|A trip under the falls for a close-up view|
|Aboard the Hornblower to view the Falls on the Canadian Side|