Monday, August 22, 2016

'Mystical' Engines

Dave and I attended the 25th Annual Antique Marine Engine Expo at Mystic Seaport that was held this past weekend. It was quite a display with engines of all sorts...large, small, inboard, outboards, diesel, gas, and many we didn't even know what their purpose was. The best thing was that most were running!

I especially liked the miniature engines that were all in service, plus many model boats.

This is a model of the Seaport's Sabino that gives harbor tours. 

They even had a pond available for the remote control boats to cruise around in. There were RC tugs, barges, sailboats, and classic wooden runabouts meandering around.

We also checked out the schooners that are on display including the Charles W. Morgan, Joseph Conrad, and the famous slave ship Amistad.

That's a lot of confusing rigging on the Morgan...

Although acting as captain on the Joseph Conrad now, I don't think that Dave would have liked being in charge back when the schooner was in service training up to 80 teenage (or younger) cadets for 6 months at a time!

It was a perfect day to revisit the Seaport and all it has to offer, including the waterfront itself. We were jealous of those people out on the water, so next time we'll plan to go sailing or at least bring our kayaks. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Give An Inch...

Take a mile." Or so the saying goes. This time it has a different meaning. We had a storm roll through the Adirondacks and although we only received an inch of rain, it sure got the streams and rivers flowing! We passed by Ausable Chasm on a day trip and it was wild, looking more like Spring snow melting and run-off.

This lady took advantage of the dynamic conditions and put it on canvas.

As we were waiting for summer conditions to return, we continued on our little road trip from New York, up to Rouse's Point at the Canadian Border, then across the bridge to Vermont, and back to Plattsburgh on the Cumberland ferry.

What a great way to spend the day, visiting our old cruising spots on Lake Champlain, but doing it the fast way in our PT Cruiser Convertible!


Friday, August 12, 2016

Where Are We Now?

It sure looks like we are in some foreign country with the sailing dory at anchor, but we were really at Thayer Beach in Colchester, Vermont. The sand is beautiful at this shallow water beach on the south side of Mallet's Bay in Lake Champlain. Mallet's Bay is so large that it's like its own lake within a lake.

Once we were done touring the bay we headed back to the New York side and Valcour Island for another swim. We were completely shocked when we got out into the main lake and saw it was flat calm...a nice switch from the two foot waves on the way over from the Peru launch ramp (gee, maybe we WERE in a foreign country!). Of all the times we have been on Lake Champlain we have never even been close to Colchester Reef, so this was the perfect opportunity to do so. Despite a couple of danger buoys and the main concrete and rock marker that you can see in the distance, there wasn't anything else to determine where the rocks and shallow water started and ended, pretty much in the middle of the lake. With the low water levels right now, some of the rocks are showing, but in the spring they may not be visible at all, yet still lurking just below the surface. It must be pretty dynamic here when there is a storm or high winds and waves. Our advice to anyone sailing near here is to stay way clear of the area! Dave just had to get out and walk around though...

Just another one of our fun adventures to add to our 'history book'!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Back to T.I.

The fun never ends...or at least it seems that way. We have just returned from spending 5 days up in the Thousand Islands, including attending the annual Antique Boat Show and Auction in Clayton with several friends from Hope Town.

We didn't take very many photos at the boat show, but this Coronado was definitely our favorite.

In the days before the Clayton show, we were out in Moxie and had a blast. Friends Jim and Sharon brought their Monterey up and we cruised around the islands. Other HTSC friends Peter and Linda were visiting the area, so we took them out and all six of us went to Boldt Castle and Yacht House. 

This is the view from the Yacht House to the castle.

When we went back to our boats, Jim had surprise hitchhikers on his swim platform. It was so funny because we were trying to be so quiet to get photos, but that wasn't necessary because no matter what Jim did, including starting the engine, the ducks wouldn't leave. He finally shooed them off and I think they would have gladly gone for a ride.

Freighters were in abundance traversing the Seaway and we still love seeing them. What a unique area!

 On Sunday morning we went kayaking from Kring Point State Park before heading back home. It was really picturesque and we were so lucky that it was totally calm. It was the perfect ending to our mini-vacation.

So, if you are one of my daily visitors to this blog (and I really appreciate it!), but don't see any posts for awhile, you can rest assured that we are out having fun or just being boring (highly unlikely). The photos below sum up our summer...Going, going, gone!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beating The Heat

After 4 fun filled days of watching the speed boats in Alexandria Bay, we just had to come back and take out Moxie.

 Dave has his own 'speed boat babe'...

What is that washed up on 'Moxie Beach'?

The sand colored lounging pad on the back of the boat (aptly named Moxie Beach) is where we have been spending lots of time this hot summer...unless we're in the water of course!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Thunder On The Bay

All I can say is wow, what a 4 day trip we had! It wasn't just the Poker Run boats, but all the support vessels and vehicles, plus boat enthusiasts everywhere. We had quite a head start when we arrived at Keewaydin State Park to launch the Sea Doo and THIS pulled in just ahead of us...

Aqua-Mania had TWO jet engines and sounded unbelievable. There was one other boat named My Way that has jet engines also. It has been clocked at 224 mph!

Then we saw this get launched at the small ramp by our motel...

The Alex Bay public docks were packed full of boats each night, along with onlookers and wanna-be's.

How about four outboards? We see this in Hope Town from time to time, but never up north. 

Three engines won't fit in line in this engine compartment, so they put one in front of the others.

 Need For Speed was a favorite. Some of the boats like this go over 100 mph.

 This looks like a carnival ride for nine people and probably feels like it!

These are for my brother...your ships have come in, and one had Daytona "written all over it."

How is this for support vehicles? Want to take the Ferrari for a ride?

The Poker Run itself was to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. In fact they were looking for Wounded Warriors to ride with them, which must have been amazing. The start was led by a pace boat and the thunder from all that horsepower could be heard for miles....not to mention 4 jet engines taking off. It was too hard to get photos, so this is from the Poker Runs of America website. There were also a couple of helicopters taking photos and following the boats so we could tell where the racers were.

It was really quite confusing in the beginning, because not only were the participants lingering around tiny Alexandria Bay, but so were other go-fast boats not involved, a Coast Guard inflatable (who followed alongside the whole way), and police boats. PLUS before the race at 11, there was a Paddle for the Betterment of Alex Bay benefit starting at 9 AM! Dave and I were out for a leisurely kayak tour and discovered we were just ahead of the pack. We got out of the way when they caught up, but the chase boats kept trying to get us to go back and join. The last stragglers reached the beach just before the Poker Run started. It was wild. Dave and I were still out in our kayaks and almost got swamped by the big boat wakes. I didn't have my camera so here is a photo from Betterment's site from previous years. Now just picture 20 other 25-50ft. boats mixed in with the kayakers.

What a fantastic experience it all was and we will be doing it all over again in another couple of weeks when it's time for the wooden boats to all come out instead!