Monday, August 30, 2010

Martha's Vineyard & Block Island

Block Island, RI
41 11.5 N 71 34.6 W

We ended up staying in Red Brook Hrb for 6 days... 3 of those days snug inside Carina sitting out what turned out to be a stubborn nor'easter. We had heavy rain and periods of gale force winds that gave Carina's decks a great power washing.
We crossed paths with a flotilla of fishing
trawlers traveling up Vineyard Sound
on their way to Vineyard Haven to
demonstrate against the Fed's fishing
policies while Pres. Obama was
vacationing on Martha's Vineyard     

Carina anchored in Lake Tashmoo on
Martha's Vineyard. Vineyard Sound
and Wood's Hole on mainland Cape
Cod are in background.

We arrived at Lake Tashmoo on Martha's Vineyard on Thursday. We decided to rent a car this visit and play tourist for a few days of island sightseeing. The car was also way more convenient for grocery & booze shopping than our usual walking it back to the dock.

No need for caption. The sign says it all.
Sinbad looking regal on the helm seat
Sinbad is really enjoying the cruising life. He has gotten into a routine of spending time outside on deck each day. It is going to be interesting to see how he does while we are back at the marina next week. Barnacle on the other hand seems to be settled in to the more sedate life...eating and sleeping take up most of his day. He has definitely put on a few pounds.
Typical elegant street in Edgartown, MV

Clams harvested from Lk Tashmoo
Lake Tashmoo is prime clamming grounds so we got a clamming permit from the town of Tisbury and easily collected over 4 dozen clams in no time! We enjoyed clams on the half shell followed by linguine with clam sauce for dinner that night.
Gay Head light and cliffs on SW coast of MV

We left Martha's Vineyard on Sun. morning for the 50 mile long trip to Block Island. We had hoped to be able to sail but as usual the winds were either to light or right on our bow. The seas were also very unsettled and choppy during the morning. Needless to say it was not a very enjoyable day bashing into chop. In the afternoon we were visited for a short while by a pod of between 12-15 dolphins swimming along side & across our bows.
Dolphins swimming alongside while
enroute to Block Is.

Hurricane Danielle sea swells
produced impressive waves for us to
do some body surfing on Crescent Beach, BI

We are leaving Block Is tomorrow (Tues) planning to return to Farm River Marina for Wednesday in time to secure ourselves for whatever becomes of Hurricane Earl. This will also be our last post for a few weeks until we get underway again for points south as we'll be spending the following week at the marina while visiting family, attending a family wedding and reprovisioning.

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