Yesterday was our full day in Mystic that made up for the day we lost in New York due to weather. We all agreed that we were better off in Mystic. Early in the morning, I woke up the kids, and the three of us went for a 2 mile run into town and along the water. Then, Elana and I pulled out the paddleboards and paddled up Mystic river for two hours. It was a great way to see all the boats and the other sites in town. Unfortunately for Elana, at one point she fell into the water, but she claimed the water was refreshing and was not hurt.
|Paddleboarding up Mystic River|
|Mystic's famous drawbridge|
|Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea|
|Nantucket Lighthouse replica at Mystic Seaport Museum|
|Aboard the Charles Morgan|
|Looking up aboard the tall ship|
|Elana and I in our 1920s shot|
|With my dear friend Liorr, who happened to be in Mystic - we haven't seen each other in over 15 years! She still looks the same!|
|Our route from Mystic to Providence|
|Saying goodbye to Mystic on our way out|
Despite not having the navigation instruments that I am accustomed to, I was able to enjoy the beautiful boat ride to Providence. The scenery is stunning, and there are many gorgeous lighthouses along the way.
|Lighthouse on the way to Providence|
|Another gorgeous lighthouse with an actual house|
Continuing my theme of things going a bit wrong since my shower and the run-in with the fire boat, along the way, several buttons on my instrument panel popped out all of a sudden for no reason. I tried putting them back and did not realize I had actuated the functionality behind those buttons, and the boat started veering wildly. I got everything under control and thought that maybe I should just find somewhere to dock the boat and call it a day. But the mishaps were not over yet.
As we approached the marina in Providence, I called them and asked about their fuel dock. I asked about the small bridge right before the marina, wondering if I was really going to fit under it. In fact, I stopped the boat and watched some other, smaller boats barely get through. I had a bad feeling. The dockmaster at our marina said, "what bridge?" That's not good. I told him that I was outside the low fixed bridge right before their marina. He said there was no bridge in front of their marina. I assured him that there was, and that I was looking at it. He assured me that I was at the wrong marina. He was right.
When I originally booked this trip, I had reserved slips for our 47' Sea Ray, Lucky Break. However, a few weeks ago, we lost our minds and bought this 59' flybridge, Sababa, with a 24' vertical clearance. Whatever that fixed bridge was, it was under 24 feet. Anyway, I had to call all the marinas and change our reservations. In some cases, such as in Providence, they told me that they could not accommodate Sababa, or that Sababa was too big to reach them because of a bridge or some other reason. So, I went through my chart data and changed all the routes. Well, I thought I had, but apparently, I forgot to change the one to Providence.
Now here I was without my navigation data in the chart plotter and not sure where in Rhode Island I was, nor how far away our actual marina was. Fortunately, the iPhone came to the rescue, and I was able to find our actual marina, which we had passed 4 miles earlier and get us there. We fueled up, pumped out, tied up, and settled into our routine. As we were docked stern in, we pulled the dingy off at the fuel dock, and later, Benny and I went out and brought it to the big boat and tied it up alongside us.
|Tied up in Providence|
Uber is really a game changer. For boaters who arrive in a port with no means of transportation, Uber means that you can pretty much get anywhere anytime. We have made extensive use of Uber on this trip, and I can't imagine what it would be like to do this kind of trip pre-Uber.
Later, we met up with Ann's brother Michael for dinner at a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in downtown Providence. His family was not able to join us because their daughter Hannah was sick with a fever. Tomorrow, we will see Amy and Rebecca, and if Hannah is better, she will come too. I will not blog tomorrow, as it is also not a travel day, and I'll cover our trip to Martha's Vineyard that is planned for Tuesday. Weather looks great.
|Benny with his uncle Michael|