It is not as if we are traveling at a fast pace, but we do move along nearly every day to a new location. It is mostly about the timing to hit Canada and northern Michigan in the summer when the weather is the nicest. We realized that we had not been able to anchor out since Georgia and we really thought that we would have done this more. We are somewhat restricted on anchoring because we have not been able to train Jazzy to go on the bow of the boat and we would need to dinghy to shore. That means two things that we would be concerned with: Is the weather nice to get us in the dinghy and, is there an actual place to get the dinghy into? We were dying to slow down the pace with some nights “on hook” and the Hudson would be the perfect place.
From my previous blogs you might gather that a lot of the month of May was chilly, windy and rainy. Who wants to get in a dingy in those conditions? It is much easier to dock somewhere. But, once we left New York City we finally found Summer! We also did some sightseeing and other fun things.
We anchored out along the Hudson River and explored with our dinghy. This was great fun and so peaceful. We used Active Captain to locate some good areas along with the Waterway Guide. One time we anchored off of a state park which gave us some good dog walking with Jazzy. The second time we saw fireworks and a beautiful moonrise, but when we went ashore there was mostly brush and not good dog walking. We really enjoyed this time with the warm weather. Steve had been dying to hit golf balls from the bow of the boat so he got out the “doggie artificial turf” and had a blast!
Leaving that area we met up with 18 other Loopers at a place called Shady Harbor for 3 days. They hosted a pig roast with entertainment to show their appreciation. The weather was beautiful and everyone took advantage of it to clean their boats!
We have been “buddy boating” with a couple from California that started their Loop in Alabama. Their boat is called One Eye Dog and they really do have a small dog that only has one eye. We rented a car and the four of us toured West Point and had dinner at the Culinary Institute of America. That was really special and the first time that we had rented a car to do something touristy.
The entire trip along the Hudson had spectacular scenery. Train tracks run along the banks and we could see numerous Amtrak runs. We saw the Catskills in the background. The river is very wide and was just so enjoyable. It could be my most favorite part of the trip so far.
Our next adventure is the Erie Canal!
I’d like to go where the pace or life’s slow. ……..Jimmy Buffett