Thursday, November 10, 2016

Headed south...finally

A quick update:

I got stuck with jury duty this fall and did not get out of it till about 2 weeks ago.  We finally started heading south last Monday.  Boat running well, and the weather is getting warmer by the day.  With the shorter days and slow boat, we have to be careful where we are by sunset, now about 4:30 PM, to be sure we can see where we might anchor.  We are in Cape May now, hoping to anchor just off the Coast Guard beach.

Turns out that this anchorage is full.  All the late folks are holding here till the weather settles down a bit.  We got a slip at Utsch's, a small mom and pop marina just before you enter the canal.  We now have heat without running the gen.  The down side of leaving this late in the season is that many of the restaurants are closed for the season.  It is cool, requiring a sweat shirt, but not cool enough to require a heavy jacket.  Temps range between 53 to 56.  The fleece sheets on our queen bed feel soooo gooood!!!!  We found a breakfast place, the only one open, not to far from here.  Sort of like an old dinner with feisty waitress and all.  Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and coffee...$7.00.  Not to bad.  Other than that, we are sticking with John's diet.  So far, so good.

This is a major fishing town.   Lots of fishing boats, bait & tackle shops, and a wonderful ships store with SHIP size shackles, anchors, and other big stuff that West Marine doesn't have.  One thing that we are realizing is that neither of us know how to fish.  Seems stupid to be on the water and unable to get a fish out of it.  The place where we are moored is right next to a fishing tackle shop.  I mean right next to it, about 50 feet away.   Everyone here talks fishing...striped bass here, mahimahi over there, etc.  We talked to the owner of the shop and he is going to set us up with a trolling rig and all the accessories we need to start trolling!  He has a nice rod and reel and a shop full of leaders, jigs and other what not.  Sort of our Christmas present to ourselves this year.

While coming down the coast off shore of New Jersey, we listened to the the election results.  I think what this says is that Americans are fed up with the status-quo politicians and are willing to try anything new to change things.  Be careful what one wishes for!!

Weather is forecast to be better starting Saturday.  We will leave here at day break to head up to Reed Island.  Can't make it to the C&D canal in 1 day with enough light to see where we are going.  After that, we will head to George Town, but might spend 1 or 2 nights on the hook in the Sassafras river.

Headed to Charleston SC for Christmas and hope to get there by mid December.  If all goes well, we will head back to the Bahamas in January for 2 or 3 months.

Hopefully, we can keep this Blog up to date.