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From Captain Tom
Sue has been doing such an incredible job on the blog... it takes time and it’s time to give her a well deserved break!
Back at home over the Christmas Holidays, our friends Dave and Megan Weinhold invited us to visit them in NY as they were planning to travel there in May. A schedule on a boat is a bad idea but the time frame worked out as we were in NY at the end of May. Sam and Griff also decided to travel there and we all got together. I didn’t realize how homesick I was feeling until I saw Sam and Griff... it was SO GREAT to see them!!
Dave’s sister Sarah and her husband Rob, have a cottage on Fire Island and that’s where we all stayed. It was a TON of fun!
No vehicles, except emergency and some work type are allowed on the island and you get around on bicycles or walking for the most part. We loved that and Sarah and Robs cottage was perfect and had plenty of room for all of us to stay.
The original plan was to drive Bella to Fire Island and stay at a marina very close to the cottage. The problem with that was, the marina didn’t have big enough slips for our boat, 46 foot to stay on the inside where it was protected. No problem as friends of Rob and Sarah, Glenn and Sue Graham offered to let us keep our boat tied up behind their beautiful house on their private dock! It even had 50 amp power to plug in!
The Grahams were over the top nice and we ended up keeping Bella there for a week! Part of that week we we were at Fire Island and the rest on the boat behind Graham’s.
Glenn and Sues place is on Long Island but not far from Fire Island. Of course we didn’t know how to get to their house by water, so Glenn and Rob met us OUT ON THE ATLANTIC OCEAN by the Fire Island inlet in Glenn’s boat and escorted us right to his dock.... unbelievable kindness and hospitality! We had a blast getting to know them and Sarah and Rob and they have all become new good friends.
We rode bikes around the island and went to the beach and just “hung out” the first day and on Saturday Glenn and Sue took all of us on a tour in their boat and we saw all of Fire Island with plenty of stops at local haunts throughout the day. BIG fun!!
Sunday we beached it again for a couple of hours and it was time to pack up and start the journey back to our boat. Sam and Griff stayed on the boat with us Sunday night behind Glenn and Sues house and they left for the airport early Monday morning and Sue and I resumed our journey. Next stop, the big apple!
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.