We decided to stay until Sunday because Johns parents (who had the sails that we had to take off with the mast) and they were able to make the drive Sunday to meet us there with them. Since we had a day to kill we decided to have a cleaning/laundry day, so now the boat is spic and span! Apparently John has never done laundry because he was under the impression (even after we asked and were told that the machines take quarters-plural) that it would only cost 1 quarter, singular, men! Sean the owner also generously let us borrow his car to go into town to Price Chopper and get some food and to Verizon to see about a phone plan. What we found crazy was that apparently if you are not a US citizen you cannot get a phone plan-why?! People live in a country for a long time before they become a citizen, apparently these people are not allowed to have a phone. You have to a social insurance number (which is apparently not the same as our Canadian SIN) and that's how they track people by, rather than your credit card number or something. Also, pay-as-you-go seems to have a different meaning in the states as well. It's not pay-as-you-go, it's pay $60 monthly...really defeats the purpose if you ask me. Also (as the adult baby who served us said) "they don't call it the network for nothin!". We finished the day with a delicious dinner (made by me, obviously) of scalloped potatoes, salmon and asparagus-I will post my recipe soon!
|Josie with her godfather|
|Turning the winch|
|Clare hoisting the sails|
|Showing off the new GPS to his parents|
|Sails are up!|
|Coolest dude I know|
Yesterday we did 51 nm and got pretty far. Along the way John says to me "I don't want to scare you...but a lot of people have warned us about pirates and I'm pretty sure there's a pirate ship up ahead". He was right. So we quickly got Dexter into his pirate getup and placed him at the bow of the boat to defend us. He performed very well-Dexter, our hero! We later found out that it was a replica of the Henry Hudson Crescent Moon ship, phew! We anchored in North Cold Springs and there was a weather warning for a strong North wind, and they weren't kidding. We were rolling all over the place. We had a lovely dinner of what John calls my "gourmet" Kraft Dinner. Usually John is the one who's nervous about us dragging anchor, but this was the first time I got kind of scared, even though we let out 70 feet of anchor chain. We were constantly moving in circles, and pretty fast, and the wind was so loud and there were all these strange noises. This was definitely our most stressful sleep. Both of us kept waking up in the night to look outside and make sure we hadn't moved.
|Pirate Dexter to the rescue!|
|Remodel of Henry Hudson's boat|
|Dexter and Cassy driving the boat|
|Apparently where they used to keep all the nuclear weapons|
|North Cold Springs|