Saturday, 20 December 2014

Musings on America...

I think the thing that has been the most mind blowing, has been the hospitality that we have received.

From people we knew – Ashley & Graham, Michael & Rebecca, David & Diana and Beryl

To complete strangers (some of who became friends) – a stranger who offered for us to use her car in Maine, another stranger who drove us to a Supermarket in Maine, Martha & Warren from Rockford who took us to their home for a meal, The Lobster Buyer in Martinicus who “gave” us lobsters, Anne West, who drove us around Washington DC, Steve & Wendy from Annapolis who had us to their home for dinner at Halloween, Karl Weiss who helped us with contacts, Anna Hines who we enjoyed NZ wines with, Susan our Angel in Disguise from Beaufort and finally Peter & Carla, the not so mythical cousins…

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to each and everyone of you
for your extraordinary hospitality…

The scenery has been amazing.  Having now experienced from Miami to Penobscot Bay (north Maine) some highlights were:

Maine – Islands of Matinicus & Butter, amazing cruising grounds, albeit with an excessive amount of lobster pots!

The Thimbles – granite rock appearing from the ocean

New York – the city that never sleeps

Charleston – the civil war feeling

Annapolis – the amazing boat show

Chesapeake/Shenandoah – the fall colors – extraordinary

Boston – North End, what a wonderful “Little Italy”

In General we noted there was little wind north of New York and we ended up motoring a lot more than we anticipated.

We found the people (in general terms) are VERY passionate about three things in particular 
– Politics, Relgion and Guns!

There are a “lot” of different accents, from South to North, 
a lot of Americans found it hard to understand our accent!

Thank You USA for a wonderful time!

Angel in Disguise...

Leaving Sarah Creek it was -1C…
A beautiful clear day of motor sailing to Hampton River.

It was time to wait for a weather window to get around Cape Hatteras.
It was very wet and windy, however we patiently waited.

Finally we had a weather window.  The afternoon before leaving we went ashore, and unfortunately I had a fall on the dock.  Richard helped me into the dinghy and back home to Our Rose.  The next morning getting up early to leave, I couldn’t put any weight on my left leg (knee) (oh no…)
Richard helped “lift” me up to the helm seat for my watches.  We had a lovely 25+ knot following breeze leaving, which slowly dissipated during the day.
Cape Hatteras, (which can be notoriously rough) was beautiful and calm for our night rounding.

Arriving at Beaufort Saturday afternoon,
we immediately went ashore and straight to A & E.
X-Rays showed no breaks, however I needed to see an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Sunday, sitting with my leg up, and we saw a lady and her beautiful doggie come paddling to Our Rose.

Turning out to be an “Angel” in disguise, this was when we first met Susan and “Kiwi”.  She had seen our NZ flag, and “had” to come and see us.
Susan insisted on taking us to the Surgeon when we got the appointment, then onto the MRI.  Driving us to get our propane filled.
Two days later, Susan collected us again to go back to the Surgeon – the great news was no serious damage to the knee.  I could slowly start using the knee and get rid of the crutches as soon as I could.

Susan even came and collected me and took me get get my hair done.
She was nothing short of an Angel and a wonderful friend to boot.

On a foggy night it was the Christmas Lighted Boat Flotilla,

Many boats with amazing Christmas lights and coupled to music...

This is Santa with his Dolphin Reindeer
 From Beaufort, we had a great weather window of sailing down to Fort Pierce, 500 (or so) nm.  This was our last stop in the USA before leaving for the Bahamas.