Watch Hill….. again!

Capt Al at the helm

Capt Al at the helm

I wasn’t planning to do a post for our latest visit to Watch Hill – how much can you say about a little place like Watch Hill?  We had such a delightful 5 days there, that I decided to share a few photos. Watch Hill is close to home, but has so much to offer – good anchorage, lovely beach, nice town. Not much more that a boater could want.

We left in so-so weather (note the Captain’s foul weather jacket) with anticipation of beautiful weather to follow….soon!  Our wish was granted — We had four days in a row of perfect weather!!
We joined our friends, Mary Jo and Dean, who were already at Napatree.

Jallao and Kindred Spirit at anchor in Napatree

Kindred Spirit and Jallao peacefully at anchor in Napatre

Retirement means that you can stay and play after Sunday. What a difference it makes. See the anchorage on Sunday compared to Tuesday!

TOP - Napatree on a beautiful Sunday afternoon - boats everywhere! BOTTOM - Napatree on a beautiful TUESDAY - no other boats around! :-)

TOP – Napatree on a beautiful Sunday afternoon – boats everywhere!
BOTTOM – Napatree on a beautiful TUESDAY – no other boats around! 🙂

How nice it was to have 4 days of beautiful weather!! We enjoyed beach time – swimming, reading, and walking.

Beach time....... ahhhh

Beach time……. ahhhh

Watch Hill Coast Guard Station standing watch. - US Eagle passing by.

Watch Hill Coast Guard Station standing watch.
– US Eagle passing by.

We celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary… for 2 days. We had breakfast at St Clair Annex. We even treated ourselves to an afternoon drink and “snack” at the Ocean House.

Celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary at the Ocean House

Celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary at the Ocean House

On our actual anniversary, Dean cooked his famous seafood pasta for our dinner onboard Jallao.The four of us dinghied to land to attend the “Watch Hill Sunset Concert on the Green” — Al Copley. Lots of fun! Al and I had had never heard of him before. Awesome pianist and a very upbeat, fun guy.

Watch Hill Sunset Concert - Al Copley Trio

Watch Hill Sunset Concert – Al Copley Trio

Once again, the sky became our entertainment, showering us with a various displays of Mother Nature’s  beauty. We just don’t get tired of it.

The horizontal “rainbow cloud” (below) formed a stripe across the sky over the beach — just like the one we saw last week sailing home from Block Island through Fishers Island.  We had never seen anything like this before, and  now we saw it twice in a few days! Google to the rescue. That ‘stripe’ isn’t a rainbow (it doesn’t form with raindrops or even cloud drops), but is actually an arc…a special type of arc called a circumhorizon arc.  It occurs when the sun is high in the sky (at least 58° above the horizon) and ice crystals are present in high, thin cirrus clouds. The sunlight splits or ‘refracts’ into it’s component colors, reflecting off the interior ‘faces’ of the ice crystals. When the angle between the sun and the falling ice crystals is just right, the ‘arc’ will develop.  The phenomenon is quite rare because the ice crystals must be aligned horizontally to refract the high sun.

Circumhorizon Arc  or "Rainbow Cloud" as we called it!

Rain clouds in the distance followed by a rainbow

Rain clouds in the distance followed by a rainbow

A Watch Hill sunset to watch

A Watch Hill sunset to watch

Stunning sunset colors

Stunning sunset colors

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