We arrived at the Great Kills Yacht Club on Staten Island on Saturday, June 22. The last part of our ocean traveling was behind us and it had been a good day for it. The yacht club was pretty much destroyed by hurricane Sandy. Everything, boats and docks alike were washed up on land. The members got together and rebuilt. Some boats and docks were saved while others were totaled. It looks pretty normal these days except for the boats on the shore. We saw a man cutting up his boat with a Sawzall.
We had made arrangements to stay there by contacting the AGLCA Harbor Host, John Calascibetta. He and his wife had done the loop in 2004. He met us at the docks and he and other members helped to tie us down and welcome us. Folks at this club are very friendly. John was wonderful by giving us the “skinny” on the area. He drove us to the train station the next morning where we took the train and then the Staten Island Ferry to New York City.
New York City was both bigger and smaller than I had pictured it. The building were bigger…
The streets were smaller (and very crowded)…
Notice that the hot dog vendor sells Sabrett hot dogs. I was disappointed because all these years, I have heard that NY hot dogs were so good and now I find that they are the same ones that you find vendors selling in front of Lowes and Home Depot. BooHoo!
We were there to visit the World Trade Center or Ground Zero. We didn’t have tickets (it’s free to see but you need a ticket to get in) but we stood in line and soon we were able to get them. It is a haunting place to see butalso one of rebirth that shows the resilience of the American people.
From here we just wondered around a bit without a destination in mind. These are a few of the sights that we saw.
There was so much more but after a while, I was just taking it all in instead of taking pictures. Kodak memories.
The next morning we were on the way through New York City on our boat. Soooooo much traffic on the water. There were ferries, private craft, big ships, tugs, barges – you name it, we probably saw it – and there we were with our little 42′ trawler going through it. Very exciting.
There is something very special about seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from your own boat. I couldn’t help but think of how my grandparents must have felt when they came from the Ukraine those many years ago.
Below is some of the buildings and sights that we saw on the Hudson River.
We are now at Half Moon Bay Marina where we have been for the last six days while Mr B went home to NC for his treatment. He flew home and I stayed here with the boat. We will probably leave here on Monday if we can find a marina. They are starting to get backed up with Loopers now because the Erie Canal has been closed because of flooding and damage from the flooding. They had just opened parts of it up when more rain came and consequently, more flooding. We will probably end up around Albany and go home for a few weeks while the masses make their way up the canal once it is open. One day at a time…