|Great Broadway show|
|NYC to Norwalk|
This morning, Ann and Elana walked back to the vegan restaurant By Chloe and picked up "pancakes" and other breakfast "food", and as soon as they returned to the boat around 8:45, I had everything ready, and we headed out for a 43 nautical mile boat ride to Norwalk. The Hudson was pretty rough, and in fact that was the roughest water we've encountered so far on this trip. We took it at around 10 knots so that Ann and Elana could eat in peace. Benny was still asleep.
|Leaving Chelsea Piers behind us|
|Just passed under the Brooklyn Bridge|
|So many pretty bridges around Manhattan|
|Instrument reading 111.4 feet of depth.|
About 75 minutes after entering Long Island Sound, we arrived at Norwalk Cove Marina where we tied up stern-in to a really nice slip.
|Tied up in Norwalk|
After I checked in at the office, I had a nice chat with Grandpa Steve, my student Nick's grandfather who is the marina manager. Of course he spoke very highly of his over-achieving grandson!
Once we settled in, and I plugged into shore power and took care of all the details associated with docking in a new slip (fastening and securing all the lines, lining up the fenders, shutting down the generator and the instruments, washing the boat, etc), we took our dingy out for a nice cruise around Norwalk Cove. We cruised around the marina admiring the boats, and then headed out into the open water on plane. The dingy does a good 25 knots at 3/4 throttle, and that's as far as I felt like pushing it even though the water was completely flat. We crossed under a closed drawbridge which started opening, just as we were going under it, and scared the bejeebers out of me. Then we passed through an old spinning railroad bridge, and finally through a deep water marshy area where we saw a dozen or so swans. Gorgeous animals. Unfortunately, I did not bring my iPhone with me because I was worried about getting it wet, so we don't have any pictures of that.
I let Benny drive the dingy, and we took it out into the Sound and drove around the Southern/Eastern shore where saw a really nice beach. Finally, we came back and put the dingy away. The process of stowing the dingy in the chocks, flushing its engine, securing everything, tying the paddle board to it, and washing everything took me over forty minutes. There's always so much to do. We need to pump out again in the morning, but we're good on fuel and water for our trip to Mystic tomorrow, and there seems to be a pretty wide weather window. I'd like to get out on the paddle boards once we get there tomorrow. Haven't used them yet on this trip.
Shortly after we were done with the dingy, a strong storm came in. We enjoyed watching it from the comfort of our boat, secure in the slip and glad that we timed our travel well, but also aware that one day we may end up in something like that on the open water. Amazing how all of a sudden the waves whipped up, and it was awe inspiring to watch the fury with which water in the marina came to life.
Once the storm passed, we took an Uber to South Norwalk where every other establishment on Main Street looked like a nice restaurant.
|It's always four O'Clock in South Norwalk. We were here around 7:45 pm.|
|The Rubins eating Pho and Ramen in Norwalk|
We then settled in for the night. Ann reading, me working on my laptop, and Elana and Benny playing video games on their phones. Our plan is to watch a movie over Netflix using the high speed marina WiFi. Tomorrow, we head to Mystic, and we'll time our departure based on the forecasts here and over there. Hopefully we can keep our great weather streak with no waves alive for at least another day.