Friday, September 12, 2008

On the Road Again

All is well. The inverter was successfully installed yesterday. This morning we cruised to Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard. Took the shuttle from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs and to Edgartown. (It was a grey day threatening rain so we decided to forego our original plans to bike.) Got a taste of each town. We've been thinking that the cute little towns are starting to look the same, but these three were really similar. The same coffee shop (Motts), ice cream shop (Mad Martha's) and many other shops were in triplicate on the island, one in each town.

Tomorrow we're heading over to Narragansett Bay... should be in Long Island Sound early next week.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rx: Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies

Once again our cruise is stalled by a maintenance issue. Crap! The inverter has gone belly-up and our cruising is delayed until we can replace it. A new one will be here (in Falmouth Mass on south shore of Cape Cod) by noon tomorrow and should be installed by end of day.

We cruised from Falmouth to Hyannis on Monday with plans to go to Nantucket and then to Martha's Vineyard this week. We walked the town and to the JFK Memorial built by the people of Hyannis. It was a lovely park setting overlooking the beach and another mooring field in the Hyannis Harbor. Here's Vicki overlooking the harbor. And on the right, Norm in front of the fountain. We understand that Ted was staying at the Hyannis compound but we did not see him. We also understand that his 50ft sail boat is moored in the same place we are, but we did not see it either. We were hoping he would be on his boat and we would swing by in the dinghy and get invited up for afternoon tea, but no luck.

Monday night Norm noticed that the inverter wasn't working and smelled an electrical burning odor at the inverter. Not good! He did all the troubleshooting and nothing worked. We called around and decided the best place to go for installation was a boatyard in Falmouth. So, back to Falmouth we went on Tuesday.

Norm ordered a new inverter from Bob Campbell, the electrical guru in Annapolis, who was already working on a proposal for our boat to make some modifications to the electrical system. He has worked on several other boats like ours and was able to quickly recommend the inverter that would be best for us and had it shipped to us.

Resilience seems to be a key ingredient for successful cruising. It's important to bounce back when things go wrong or don't go as expected. In that vein, we decided to have some fun this morning and took the Shining Sea bike path to Woods Hole to the Pie in the Sky bakery and had what had been described to us as “amazing” pecan rolls (and they were). You can see our transportation in the picture on the left. (You thought you'd get a picture of the pecan rolls, didn't you?) Then we toured the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute exhibit. We learned all about how they discovered the Titanic, and the amazing research submersible “Alvin” that explores 3 miles down. Fascinating.

Our resilience was also aided by making the Ghirardelli double chocolate brownies that Robin had given us the mix for. There's nothing like a chocolate stupor to make you forget your troubles!

Let’s hope the inverter arrives on time tomorrow and the installation goes smoothly. We plan to go to Martha’s Vineyard on Friday. If something prevents that....well, we have brownies in reserve!

Happy Birthday to Vicki's Dad. He's one of our most faithful readers and we love chatting with him about our cruise.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hanna Was a Non-Event

Hanna was pretty wimpy here. Looks like the majority of the weather went west of here. We didn’t experience anything like 40-50 mph winds. We watched a movie on cable until midnight, then Vicki went to bed. Norm slept on the couch for a while, expecting Hanna’s fury to arrive at any moment, but it never came. When he woke up on the couch at 3:00, everything was quiet outside. We’re thankful and yet, in a twisted way, after doing all that work to get ready for the storm, it’s a bit of a let down.

We slept late and walked into town for a hearty breakfast at the diner – the sign in the window says “eat heavy” and that’s just what we did. We spent the rest of the day cleaning and putting everything back in its place aboard Tide Hiker. Tomorrow we’re heading to Hyannis, then on to Nantucket and to Martha’s Vineyard. The weather is supposed to be beautiful this week – sunny and 70s.