Daily Archives: September 22, 2017

Wonderful Wickford!

Wickford, (Saturday, 9/16)
In the morning the fog was so thick we actually contemplated waiting a bit to leave, hoping it would burn off.  However, we had to pick up the rental car in Wickford by noon, (Enterprise closes early on Saturdays and is not open on Sundays) and we had to first get fuel. Mark had found a location with great pricing in Galilee, but that required us going past Point Judith first, then back tracking up the Narragansett to get to Wickford.  Additionally, the wind was going to start building throughout the day so we needed to get going.

Finally at 8:00 we decided to go and pulled out of Cuttyhunk Marina in pea-soup thick fog.  Once out on Buzzards Bay it was just as thick and we could see it was not going to let up at all. For the next 2 hours we were like bobble-head dolls, swiveling our heads to look in all directions while watching the radar.  Add to this the “low fuel” alarm continued to beep and Denise found this very stressful.

Fog from the start

Pea soup thick fog

Finally we came through the breakwater at Point Judith and entered into the channel to take us into Galilee. Incredibly, here the harbor was free of fog and was spectacularly clear.  We filled the boat with diesel at Galilee Fuel Services and within 30 minutes we were off their docks and headed back into the fog.

Once around Point Judith we entered the Narragansett Bay and eventually the fog lifted for us to have better clearance.  Here are some pictures we took when able to finally see more than just the bow of the boat:

Dutch Island Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay

Jamestown – Verrazzano Bridge

Quonset Point – we could see this from the water before turning left into Wickford Harbor

Approaching Wickford Marina

As soon as possible, Mark increased our normal boat speed to 22kts and called Enterprise to tell them we were on our way.  Their driver was leaving to meet him at the marina, but fortunately we arrived before he did. We secured the boat with the help of Paul (the owner) and then Mark went to meet the driver, returning 30 minutes later with our wheels of freedom.

IO in first slip Marina office at Wickford Marina

Right after Mark left, Denise noticed a main circuit breaker on the boat was tripped and it was the one that the battery charger was on.  While not needed for most items when on shore power, we still need the batteries charged.  She made several attempts to deduce the problem, including reconnecting the shore power cords to a different pedestal, to no avail. When Mark returned we did some further troubleshooting and deduced that charging at 80% (not the usual 100%) would suffice, and he would investigate other potential causes and solutions over the next few days.

We spent the afternoon working around the boat, including spending some time working on the battery charger issue. Mark received some input from other boaters, but one thing he needed to check was the amperage coming through the electrical system on the boat.  However, we didn’t have the appropriate tool to make this assessment and now had to put it on the “errand” list.

In the evening we went to 5:00 pm mass at St. Bernard’s (another one) located about 1.5 miles from the marina; it was helpful to have the rental car.

St. Bernards

Inside St. Bernards

St. Bernard’s Parish Center

From there we drove to East Greenwich for dinner at DiMare, a restaurant that came recommended. We figured we could check out the Wickford restaurants, all within walking distance, later in the week when we won’t have a car.

DiMare Seafood Market & Bistro

DiMare Restaurant & Market

At DiMare Restaurant

After dinner and because we were not that far away, we drove to a Walmart Super Center for a few items.  From there we went next door to the Home Depot to pick up two minor tools we needed for the boat, but could not put in our carryon bags on the airplane when we came back to the boat after our weekend home.  After that we drove back to the boat and called it a night.

Wickford, (Sunday, 9/17)
One of the considerations for choosing Wickford was also its proximity to Newport; it is on the opposite side of Narragansett Bay. We had originally given some consideration to attending the Newport Boat Show, but figured we would be further south by now. However, circumstances being what they are, we found ourselves in the morning driving over the Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge and onto the boat show.

Bridge to Newport – too foggy to see the top

Boat show signage

We spent the whole day looking at boats and talking to suppliers of some of the equipment we have on our boat. Of course we went by Sabre and Back Cove and really liked the new Sabre 45. It has many features we would like in a bigger boat, but still offers a fast cruising speed in a “down east” design. But it is a lot of money and they are sold out for the next few years, making it something we can think about for the future.

For lunch we went to the Candy Store – the wharf level of Clarke Cooke House restaurant located on Bannister pier. This was another one of the “Top 10 Sailing Bars” (see post from Marblehead on 8/29) and we just crossed one more off the list.

Lunch at the Candy Store – the wharf level of Clarke Cooke House

By 4:00 we had seen all we came to see and headed back to the boat, but not before stopping at the Newport Home Depot to get the tool to check our electrical system.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the specific type we needed and ended up ordering it from Amazon once we got back to the boat.

Once back in Wickford before we got back to the boat we went to Dave’s Fresh Marketplace and got one of their pizzas to take back to the boat.  We had heard they make pretty good pizza, so we decided to give it a try. Dave’s is like a Whole Foods or a Fresh Market and is Rhode Island’s largest independent grocery stores.  In addition to the pizza we also picked up a few other items and (unlike Whole Foods) found them to be reasonably priced.

Wickford, (Monday, 9/18)
This morning Denise went for a morning run through the village of Wickford, and took some of these pictures:

Main Street shops

Houses around Wickford Cove Marina

Patriotic houses on Main Street – historic district

Good food restaurant

Old Library Park

Wickford Cove

Signage entering town

North Kingstown Town Hall

In Veterans Memorial Park

Wickford Cove Marina – tied to poles

Wickford Yacht Club – street view

After she came back from her run, we moved our boat to new slip on the eastern end of the marina.  Paul, the marina owner asked us to do this so that they could put a bigger boat in the slip we had been in, but was really oversized for our boat.   After we got Island Office situated in her new slip, we then began preparations for the storm.  Although we were not going to take a direct hit from Jose, tropical storm winds were forecasted for the next 48 hours.  This took us quite a while as we did several other maintenance items in the process on the boat.

New slip

Throughout the day, the winds picked up and so we hunkered down on the boat. Denise worked on the last blog update and tried to publish it. However, the Wifi here has been very challenging as it won’t stay connected to the internet for more than 2 -3 minutes.  It is very intermittent and Mark has been working with Paul to resolve. However his “outsourced” provider is telling him things are ok. Mark believes he needs to replace his hardware, and it appears they are going to do that, but probably no time very soon.

During the day, the sailboat “Tradewinds” pulled into our old slip.  This beautiful boat was clearly in need of the longer dock we had been on, and even then it stuck out by at least 4’ from the end of the pier.

“Tradewinds”

Since we still had the rental car, Mark wanted to go back to Dave’s Fresh Market and get some wings for dinner. He had spotted them the day before and had his mind set on it ever since.  They have a hot entrée bar not unlike Whole Foods with lots of tasty choices. Denise opted for the chicken sausage & peppers while Mark picked out some spicy wings.  We took them back to the boat for dinner and then Mark streamed (remarkably) another episode of “Narco” on Netflix; a series he has been into for a while.

Wickford, (Tuesday, 9/19)
Finally able to get a consistent internet connection before the rest of the world got up, Denise published the latest blog. In the morning we did a few things on the boat and then made plans to go to the movies for the first show in the afternoon.  The rain had started and winds were picking up even more so it was a good day to see a movie.

Because of the rental car, we were able to go to a theater that was about 10 miles away.  It was a huge complex with at least 20 theaters, and despite having “Tuesday Specials”, it was empty when we arrived.

No reservation required

We saw the movie “American Assassin”; the first movie made from the late Vince Flynn book of the same name.  As we have read all the books in the “Mitch Rapp” series, we are huge fans and wanted to see how it was done.  While they changed a few things in the story line, and the ending was a definite Hollywood ending, we thought it was fun and true to the overall theme.  Michael Keaton is excellent in his role and fun to see him in this genre of a film.

We contemplated movie-hopping to see a second film, but with so few people in the theatre we thought we would get caught and that would be embarrassing. We left and went back to the boat and the wind.

Later that evening we went to a restaurant in Wickford village called “Tavern by the Sea”.  Denise had been here with her sisters and sister-in-law for lunch in February 2015 when they had their “Sisters” weekend in Newport.  The food was just as good as it was then and we sat upstairs like with her sisters.

Tavern by the Sea

At Tavern by the Sea

While we were dining, a couple from the marina whom we had previously met came at sat at the table next to us.  Kem & Tom Vassallo (“Legend”) are seasonal occupants on their Nordic Tug, but also have a house in New Hampshire. We learned that Tom works for Oracle in enterprise application consulting, so we had a lot in common to talk about.  They were with Kem’s parents and offered to push our tables together so we could talk more, but we were well into our meal and would finish way before them. We agreed to get together for a drink one night on their boat before we head south.  We finished our meal and then headed back to the boat.

When at the boat show one of the suppliers we had talked to was Imtra Marine who provides the cabin lights to Back Cove.  We had one lamp that needed a replacement bulb and wanted to order it from them. Come to find out, they have discontinued this model but have an almost exact substitute.  Since ours is still under its (5-yr) warranty, they agreed to swap it out for us at no charge.  Imtra Marine is located in New Bedford, which is less than an hour’s drive from Wickford. Since we have the rental car, we made plans to go there in the morning before we have to return the car.

Tonight’s sunset courtesy of “Jose”:

Sunset before the big winds!

Wickford, (Wednesday, 9/20)
During the night the wind really picked up and by morning it was howling. It was blowing a consistent 25 – 30 kts with gusts to 45 kts. We were really feeling the wrath of what was left of Jose, who was hanging around the Cape Cod coast.

Right after breakfast we made contact with a service rep from Imtra and he agreed to pull the replacement lamp so we could pick it up.  It was an hour drive to New Bedford, and we had to return the rental car by noon, so we had to get moving.  Fortunately, there was little traffic and we arrived at Imtra in under an hour. “Steve” was terrific and had the lamp ready to go.  He agreed to do all the paperwork for us and we were out of there in under 10 minutes.  Now that is great customer service.

Imtra Marine

Rental car in Wickford

We then had to drive back to the Wickford area and return the rental car, which we did with 45 minutes to spare.  Enterprise then drove us back to the marina, arriving just in time for lunch.  What a morning!

In the afternoon the skies cleared for a little while and we actually got to see the sun for a few hours.  However, Jose was going to hang around for a few more days and the weather and winds were not favorable for us to move the boat. Also hurricane Maria was smacking Puerto Rico today and was forecasted to head north. Although her path is uncertain, the seas offshore would not make for easy passage-making off the New Jersey coast.  Since we have to go offshore there in order to get to the Chesapeake, and we are only days away from there if we leave RI, we need to make sure we have a good weather window.  For us to leave Wickford and then get stuck in NYC where the marina fees are very expensive would be a bit foolish.  So even though we had planned to stay here through Saturday, looks as if we would be here a little longer.

Because of this, we made plans to go to New York City for Saturday night, via rental car and by using Mark’s Hilton points.  We had considered taking a train, but by the time we added up the costs for that it was actually cheaper to rent a car and pay for parking in NYC.  Plus, it is only a 3 hour car ride and will make for an exciting adventure.

One of the reasons that we considered NYC is that on Sunday morning there is a 5k race there that Denise wants to run.  It is the Tunnel to Towers race that is put on by the Stephen Siller Foundation and benefits the military and first responders. Stephen Siller was an FDNY that lost his life on 911 and the route he took that day (from Brooklyn through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the twin towers) is the race route.  She has wanted to participate in this event for several years and her running friend from Marathonfest (Jim) is very active in bringing this event to the Orlando area. In fact when we were home earlier this month she was going to run in the one held in Orlando, but it was cancelled due to hurricane Irma.  Now she will get her chance to run in the original in NYC.  You can learn more about the wonderful work done by the Stephen Siller Foundation (and make a donation if you are so inclined) here.

After our plans were made, and the clouds rolled back in, we had a dinner of leftovers and Mark streamed another episode of “Narco” until he got frustrated with the intermittent internet connection.  We had also been tracking the package containing the tool he ordered on Sunday as it was due for delivery by 8:00 pm. However, it never did show up as planned.

Wickford, (Thursday, 9/21)
Again this morning we woke up to howling wind. It has been relentless and now we feel captive without a car, at least for the next two days. Our only salvation has been that we are in a protected area and the boat is very stable.

This morning the much anticipated package showed up so Mark was able to do the trouble-shooting on our battery charger issue.  We seem to have resolved the one issue with some wire tightening, but now he believes we need to replace the house batteries.  We have been talking about doing this for over a year and wanted to do it before leaving for this trip. However, due to the change in our original plans and the rush to get going in April, we never did.  We were now hoping that we could hold off until we hit the Chesapeake area, but it looked like we were not going to be able to wait that long.

During the afternoon Mark shopped the batteries locally and researched who would be the best to provide the installation service.  Finally settling on a company he placed the order and scheduled the installation for tomorrow (Friday) morning.

While this was going on, Denise was updating the blog and cataloging pictures. Our hope is to be totally caught up by the weekend, then provide daily or every two-day postings going forward.  We did not realize how challenging this was going to be on this trip; juggling work, travel, vacation and still trying to have fun while documenting our adventure.

During the day we ran into Kem who had been out photographing the effects of the wind on some of the surrounding areas.  She told us there were whitecaps in Wickford Cove where the town dock is located.  She had a hand-held anemometer and said she clocked winds blowing consistently at 25 kts with gusts to 40 kts. We were glad we had put into this marina in Mill Cove, instead of the town marina as we were pretty stable despite the winds.

In the late afternoon we walked to Gardner’s Wharf Seafood Market which is about ½ mile from the marina.  They have a lot of different fresh seafood including tuna, cod, salmon (2 kinds), swordfish, oysters, clams (several types), Gulf shrimp, Maine lobsters, and many other seafood dishes.  We decided on some North Atlantic salmon, took it back to the boat and cooked it up for a delicious Salmon and Cesar Salad dinner.

Gardner’s Wharf Seafood Market

With the wind still blowing hard, we managed to stream a movie and watched “La La Land” for Denise’s 2nd time and Mark’s 4th or 5th.  Who knew Captain Mark liked the classical musical genre so much?

Some thoughts about Wickford:This village is located in an area known as North Kingstown and was founded in the early 1700’s.   It is primarily a few streets that have wonderful local shops, galleries, and a few restaurants.  Located near Wickford Cove on Main Street is the historic homes district where many of the original structures still stand and are currently occupied by town residents. It is located less than 30 minutes from Newport, RI and an hour outside of Providence, RI.  But natural cove of Wickford Harbor (and Mill Cove to its north) make it a great hurricane hole, as we have discovered.

The town is also the model for the fictional village of Eastwick in John Updike’s novel, “The Witches of Eastwick” – later made into a movie with Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, and Veronica Cartwright.

We really like this marina, and except for our issues with the wifi, it is an excellent place to be stuck.  The facilities are top notch and the owners really care about their customers.  We also have found the locals (live aboards and seasonal boaters) to be super friendly and helpful.

Here are some other pictures of the Wickford Marina:

Paul – owner of marina

Wickford Marina

Patio at Wickford Marina

Bar b Que and hot tub at Wickford Marina

Wickford Marina – street view

 

Cool Cuttyhunk!

Boston, MA (Tuesday, 9/12)
After a crazy long weekend home, we returned to Boston totally exhausted. We had spent all day Friday and Saturday prepping our house for the hurricane, including buying some food for the house.  We were astonished at how empty the store shelves had been.

We rode out hurricane Irma with a houseguest who didn’t want to be by herself in her condo, and with good reason as there are large trees near her place that could have been destructive in this storm. Fortunately, she suffered no issues and neither did we, except for the expected loss of power.  Our generator did a great job of keep the food in the fridge from spoiling, and keeping computers and cell phones charged.  Unfortunately, it is not good enough to run the AC. However, we left home with the power still off, but with the help of great neighbors they were able to keep our generator going.

We picked up a rental car from the airport in Boston and immediately drove to Costco to pick up items we needed for the journey home.  We got back to the boat and stowed away our purchases and finally got to eat some dinner.  We then confirmed our plans to leave mid-morning and head south; it looked like a perfect day for a long journey.

Marion, MA (Wednesday, 9/13)
Knowing we were not leaving early, we both slept in, catching up on some much needed rest.  After breakfast Mark returned the rental car to the airport and took an Uber cab back to the marina. In the meantime Denise walked to Whole Foods to get some milk and a few perishable items, and then returned them to the boat.

We left Constitution Marina at 10:30 and headed out to Boston Harbor.  Once again we passed the “Mayan Queen” – a private yacht owned by a Mexican Billionaire that was in port when we arrived last week.  It is the 4th largest private yacht in the world and originally we thought it was a yacht for charter. However, it is not. You can learn more about this beauty and her owner here.

“Mayan Queen” in Boston Harbor

We also cruised past Legal Seafood’s Quality Control Center and Fort Independence on Castle Island, as well as the remains of Fort Warren on Georges Island.  It was a very calm day in the harbor and the water was like glass with few pleasure boaters.

Legal Seafood Quality Control Center

Fort Independence on Castle Island

Fort Warren on Georges Island

We left Boston Harbor and headed out into the Massachusetts Bay, passing Boston Light and turning south towards the Cape Cod Canal.  It was a beautiful clear day and you could see for miles.

Boston Light

Gurnet Light – aka “Plymouth Light”

We were enjoying the calm seas and commenting on the infrequent lobster traps, and then we saw it – a small whale!  What a thrill! If only he would have surfaced a second time so we could get a picture.  It was the coolest thing we saw in the water; even the big sea turtle we say 15 minutes later was anti-climactic.

Three hours later we entered the Cape Cod Canal and had to slow our boat down. The entire canal is a “no-wake” zone and the marine patrol was right in front of us.

Sagamore Bridge

However, there was little traffic and even though we were fighting a current the whole way, it didn’t take us long to get to the western end and Buzzard’s Bay.  Although it was a little more choppy and windy on this side of the canal, we didn’t have far to go and soon we were turning right and heading west into Sippican Harbor and the town of Marion.

We had chosen Marion as a spot based on a recommendation from a cruiser we met who keeps his boat there at Burr Brothers Boats.  We had attempted to get into this boatyard/marina, but they were full up. But we were able to get a mooring at the Beverly Yacht Club where the launch driver/dockmaster escorted us to a well-protected one usually occupied by an absentee member.  It worked out well as we were on a mooring for a much bigger boat and we were in the “yacht” area with plenty of swing room.  This made us happy as it was supposed to be quite windy overnight and this offered better protection.

Beverly Yacht Club

Launch driver/dockmaster from Beverly Yacht Club

Unfortunately, Marion doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a town; it is mostly residential and to add to that the yacht club had a private event and the restaurant was closed for the night.  So we ate dinner aboard and got to see some of the beautiful homes that line this quaint harbor.  And the wind blew, but we were safe and comfortable on our mooring.

One thing Marion does have is the Tabor Academy.  This is a co-educational boarding school for students in grades 9-12, and has a large brown roof building that is clearly visible from the mooring field.  Students can learn boating and sailing skills as part of their curriculum and there was one such boat ahead of us as we entered the harbor. You can learn more about this school here.

Tabor Academy

Learning to Sail in Sippican Harbor Inlet – Marion

One other note: our neighbors informed us today that we now had power back at the house and they had turned off our generator and put all things electrical back in order. They are terrific people and we are so grateful for their kindness and assistance in our absence.

Here are some pictures from the houses in this residential neighborhood:

Sunset reflects on northshore home

House on south shore overlooking inlet entrance

Hadley Harbor, MA (Thursday, 9/14)
The morning weather was foggy and somewhat windy so we waited a little while for some of the fog to burn off.  We didn’t want to wait too long however, because the winds were forecasted to pick up and that would make for an uncomfortable cruise back towards Cape Cod.  Finally around 9:00 am we left the mooring in Marion and headed out to Buzzards Bay.

Fog on Buzzards Bay

It was a big foggy and there was a slight chop on the water, but we had been in worse and our journey was a short 13 miles.  Our destination was Hadley Harbor which is in the Elizabeth Islands, located on the western side of Nantucket Sound.  These islands are mostly owned by the Forbes family and you can tell by the houses that are on them that this is the playground for the rich. You can learn more about them here.

House north shore – Woods Hole

Hadley Harbor is located just south of Woods Hole (known as home to the famous Oceanographic Institute), and has an outer harbor and an inner harbor. The inner harbor has 360° protection as it is surrounded by islands on all sides.  The moorings are free courtesy of the Forbes family (no greedy capitalists here), and they are obtained on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We arrived in time to find several open moorings and chose the one giving us the best view and protection.

Houses on Nonamesset Is – harbor entrance

Unfortunately, the place was fogged in almost the whole day.  At one point when there was a break in the weather we watched horses come into the pasture near the house on the hill, but they didn’t stay long.

Home on hill overlooking Hadley Harbor

Other than Bull Island to our north (behind our boat), the other islands are private and you are not allowed to go ashore.  Bull Island itself has walking trails and a picnic area, but is also known as tick-heaven.

Looking back at Bull Island

Since we didn’t want to get infested (and risk Lyme disease), and since it was not great outside, we did not launch the dinghy or venture off the boat.  Instead we did work, read books and worked on the blog post.  Another good thing about this place was the community Wi-Fi which was really good and enabled us to get some things done.  It also gave us a chance to take in nature and the amusement of it all. Who would have thought you could be so entertained watching birds or fish!

We were really glad we came here to enjoy the beauty and peace of this place. However, we had been watching hurricane Jose and its intended path.  While we had considered going to Martha’s Vineyard, we now have changed our plans to go on to Cuttyhunk tomorrow, and then seek a place that would offer protection should the storm head to New England.

Here are some other pictures of the area:

Moorings in harbor

Private dockhouse – inner harbor

Cuttyhunk, MA (Friday, 9/15)
Once again we started out our day into the fog.  We are grateful for the radar and integrated Automatic Identification System (AIS) we have on our boat that enables us to still move under such conditions. It is kind of like pilots flying through clouds using only their instruments.  However, we still have to keep a watchful eye as most boats (unlike planes) don’t have AIS and only show up as small blips on the radar.

Leaving Hadley Harbor

Then entrance to Cuttyhunk is straightforward, but narrow with rock shoals just outside the channel. In clear weather this is not a big deal, but in fog it can be a bit unnerving and stressful. Once inside the breakwater we found a large mooring area and a marina that was mostly empty.  This large area surrounded by the island is known as the Cuttyhunk Pond.

Entering Cuttyhunk Pond

After several attempts to raise the marina on the VHS radio and by phone, we were told by some other boaters to just choose our slip and check in with the dockmaster.  It was clear that the summer season was over as usually this place is full-up, especially on a Friday.

We docked the boat on a t-head as the slips do not have finger piers and it would otherwise be very difficult for us to get on and off the boat onto the fixed docks, especially with the 8’ tidal change.

Once secured, Denise walked up to locate the dockmaster and check in.

Dockmaster’s office

She was unable to find anyone in their small office, but another boater told her to look for a guy with a black shirt that said “Chief of Police” on the back.  Sure enough, George, was in the parking lot working on trying to get a golf cart started.  Denise walked over to him to discuss checking in and he told her to come back in a little while as he had a few things to do back at the house, but would be back down to the office in a “little while”.  Yes, George is the Chief of Police and the Dockmaster!

Dockmaster is Police Chief

He informed her that there were only 15 full-time residents on the island, and some of them left in January and February to escape the brutal winter; he has a house in Florida he goes to.

Seeking to discover the dining options for the evening, Denise walked over to the commercial dock that has several merchants, but was all closed up. One indicated their opening hours, but things here are not so formal.

Commercial dock

Lobster providers non-season hours

During her absence Mark hosed off the boat to remove salt and a few bugs that decided to tag along.

IO at quiet Cuttyhunk Marina

Once this was done we had lunch and then walked up around the docks and the marina. We attempted to check in, but George was still nowhere to be found and discovered that the internet for the island was not usable for the marina this summer.

Cuttyhunk internet and golf cart info

There were more boats coming into the mooring field and there was now some activity on the commercial docks.  We walked over to one of the now open places (“Cuttyhunk Café”) that had people sitting around the tables at the dock.  We met “Duane”, the owner and learned of his options for prepared lobster dinners, but only if there were a sufficient number of people who warranted him opening up his “lobster shack”.

Lobster shack run by Cuttyhunk Cafe

We agreed to check back with him later in the day regarding our intentions for lobster dinners, but left the door open for his other options (rolls, clam chowder, etc.) as well.  We also were able to obtain the password for his Wi-Fi that he claimed we would not be able to pick up in the marina. Obviously he didn’t know we had a booster on our boat.  Once back on the boat, Mark was able to connect us up to the Wi-Fi which allowed us to process email and for him to do a few work-related activities.

Later in the afternoon the fog had lifted so we went out to explore the island and all that it had to offer.  We walked up the hill from the marina towards the market (which was not yet open), passing mostly homes and a few interesting sights.  We got directions to Lookout Park, which required a hike up another big hill, passing the Elizabeth Museum and Historical Society, the town hall, the library, and the elementary school along the way.

Side grotto on main road

Museum of Elizabeth Islands

Town Hall

Elementary School

Road up to Lookout Park

The hike was well worth it as once at the top of the hill we had amazing views of the island, Vineyard Sound, Buzzards Bay, and Cuttyhunk Pond.

Home overlooking south shore of pond

Fog on Vineyard Sound

Pano of Cuttyhunk Pond

Lookout Park was originally built as a watchtower for the U-boats during WWII. Now all that remains is the remnants of the bunker, but a platform was built over it so you can get up to the top and see such outstanding views.  Previously this was a national park site, but has since been transferred to the people of Cuttyhunk who maintain it.

Observation deck at Lookout Park

We walked back down the hill and noticing the Market was now opened, we stopped in to see what it had to offer.  It was very small, but they have a deli with lots of freshly prepared salad and sandwiches to purchase. The woman who was there was a part-time helper, but full-time resident; one of only a few who actually keep the market going year-round.

The Market

Heading back to the marina, we noticed more boats had come into the pond and were on moorings there.  Having decided on our dinner choice, we walked back to see Duane who was sitting with some other residents, one of them was a woman we met near the museum.  We put in our order and were instructed to pick it up at the lobster shack by the marina parking lot.

On our way back to the boat, we noticed George was in the dockmaster office and went in to pay for our one night’s stay.  Mark was able to negotiate the “off-season” rate with him, which added to the enjoyment of our stay.

More boats continued to come into the moorings and the fishing boats began returning to the marina and commercial area.  Looking over the bow of our boat we also watched the ferry come and go taking people to and from the island back to the mainland of Massachusetts.   We spent some time now revising our itinerary and choosing a place to stay while awaiting the passage of Jose who was now going to skirt Nantucket and the eastern part of Cape Cod.  We decided to head for Wickford, RI which was far enough up Narragansett Bay, and Wickford Marina offered protection in a cove with a breakwater.  We made reservations with the marina and also made plans to pick up a rental car with Enterprise so we could attend the last day of the Newport Boat show on Sunday.

Eventually it was time for dinner so we walked up the lobster shack to pick up our order.  Duane was there along with his wife, Lexi, and we talked about their 2 kids (the only ones currently attending the elementary school), whom are old enough to stay by themselves when they work the lobster shack. Duane told us “where are they going to go? We live on an island and everybody knows them”. Unfortunately, their oldest would be heading off the island next year destined for boarding school.

Duane & Lexie

We took our dinner back to the boat and enjoyed delicious lobster, lobster roll, corn on the cob, potatoes and sausages.  We really liked this eclectic island that is full of history and adventure.  We are so glad we came here even if it took two attempts. You can learn more about Cuttyhunk here.

Here are some more pictures of this great place:

Other vendors

Facilities and community bulletin board

Kindness Rocks explained

Kindness Rocks

Kindness Rocks by the Market

North shore homes overlooking pond

Police Car

Corn cart