We have been remiss in posting…. where have the last 9 days gone?
The short story is we are in Setauket beside Port Jefferson having stopped at Liberty State park, Port Washington,Northport, Glencove ( yes in this order).
We arrived in Liberty State park in very foggy conditions. The entire journey was foggy although we had some visibility and spoke directly to a ship or 2 to make sure they knew we were there and what our route was. We stopped at Liberty Landing Marina to get some fuel and water then headed over to the Anchorage at the south end of the park. Anchoring took a little time longer than usual with multiple anchor resets. The craziest most violent storm came up as we finally got a good set. We had been watching the weather and thought we were a bit ahead of it. Marc felt the wind coming up and gunned the engine as we recorded a 60 mph gust!! Thats a sound I hope I don’t hear again anytime soon. Boy that was scary. Glad to have Captain Marc at the helm I can tell you.
The next morning we left for Port Washington having our eye on those free town moorings. Nice hop up the east river and no drama at Hells gate. Must say I always love that run , going under the 3 bridges Brooklyn , Manhattan and Williamsburg and admiring the buildings on the upper east side.
There were lots of free moorings available when we arrived early on Friday. They are yellow and black . We learned there is a 2 day free limit. The town launch manages them if you need to stay extra nights.
We enjoyed lots of things in Port Washington, the farmers market on Saturdays from 8-12, ice cream at the shop beside Louies and the proximity of Stop n Shop at one of the Dinghy Docks. The highlight of our trip was having dinner with our old friends Artie and Greg at Nikkei’s of Peru. This restaurant was across the road from the same Dinghy dock. It has no time limits which we appreciated unlike the town dock Dinghy dock which has 15 min time limits. I felt the need to write to the town Mayor about that situation. There is a west marine, laundry and liquor store all within walking distance from this same dock. Great for boaters.
I walked all over Port Washington, locating the post office, railway station and library. I hung out there for half an hour on the lovely deck with water views. I think sometimes we forget what great facilities our library’s have for all people.
There is a great little thrift store across from the town park. All sorts of finds in there. This time I got a loaf pan for those rainy days when maybe baked goods are hard to find.
Next stop was Northport. 4 and a half hours, mostly motoring. This has to be one of my favorite places to stop. There are lots of moorings ( try Seymour’s) we anchored this time and felt very secure. The town dinghy dock is very hospitable. Lots of space and no time limit. This is also one of the most dog friendly places we have ever been. People are in this park from early morning til late at night, its such a nice friendly atmosphere.
I did a lot of walking, poor Buckley had the legs walked off him. I’m sort of i training to do a leg of the Camino in Spain so I walk everywhere I can.
Our friends Matty and Evie have a boat in Northport, luckily they were aboard and we accepted their generous invitation to dinner. Did I mention Evie is a fabulous cook ? she did not disappoint with a wonderful seafood salad and guacamole/pepper salad. So refreshing and tasty. They are such nice people. We always enjoy our time with them.
We also enjoyed an epicurean happy hour at Rockin Fish . $1 oysters that did not disappoint . The beer and cider were good too.
Our next stop saw us going in the wrong direction to Glen Cove. We stopped here to get a leak investigated that we though was associated with our repair work done last summer/ fall. After several trips on the boat with marina staff and management, turns out the leak is not consistent and posing no safety issues.
While we were there we were able to make use of laundry facilities, pump out and enjoyed their swimming pool too. The artsy town of Sea cliff is close by and as the name suggests up a cliff to get to ! Suffice to say I got 14 flights of stairs credit in my fitness app for walking there and back.
One great find was North Shore farms.Its like a mini Whole foods. I made 2 visits there. They had a fabulous fruit and veg section, prepared foods ( stole some of their recipes) bakery, fish, meats and even beer. It was only .7 miles from the marina ( Safe Harbor at Glen Cove) . http://northshorefarms.com/
So after 3 days there on a dock it was time to move on.I did enjoy being able to get on and off the boat at will but also enjoy the peacefulness of an anchorage.
Setauket ( our current location) is a beautiful spot. The town dock is easily accessible ( ample space and no time limits) and there is a deli 15 mins walk away. The harbor is surrounded by nice homes. Someone just landed in a helicopter on the lawn of one of the larger ones ! We have a nice little beach beside wherewe are anchored , unfortunately it does not meet the bathroom needs of our dog. We made a special dinghy run for him last night and nothing …..
There is a little public beach beside the dinghy dock with paddle boards and kayaks for rent.
Marc is getting some projects done today.Have to batten down the hatches for a storm coming shortly.
Then off to Shelter Island first thing in the morning.