It was time to enjoy the boat now that the majority of the transforming is completed (Note that I wrote majority, not all.) Al’s son, Tim, and his wife, Amanda were in Connecticut for a couple of weeks and became our first overnight guests on the trawler. 🙂 They have spent the last 3 years traveling the U.S. in their 25 foot Airstream RV (Watsons Wander) so they were the perfect couple to test out the accommodations. They understand small spaces!
To add a festive touch to the salon for our first overnight guests. I picked some hydrangeas from our garden. The blooms this year have been full and plentiful. My stone towers require no watering or trimming. 😉
Because there was only time for a short trip, we headed to Napatree and Watch Hill. We learned that anchoring is the boating version of RV “boon docking,” dry camping without hookups = free. Although I suppose anchoring wouldn’t be considered “dry,” just free. 🙂
Once anchored, we stretched our legs with a walk on the beach and a little beach combing.
Napatree Beach doesn’t have many special finds such as unusual shells or sea glass. Some years we do find nice sea glass, but most of the time there just isn’t any along here. One might think that the homes destroyed in the Hurricane of 1938 would have created a treasure of sea glass and pottery, but if it did, it has long since been discovered or buried deeper beneath the sand and sea. One can find plenty of coal as you reach the end of the beach near the rocks and old pilings. These pieces are supposedly what remains of a wrecked coal barge many many years ago. The coal actually has a beauty of its own, sparkling in the sun.
Our next walking tour was around the town of Watch Hill, a good choice due to the cloudy skies. We come to Watch Hill quite often, so I will try to post pictures of different sights, if that is possible! We began with a walk out to the Coast Guard Station, always visible from the beach and from the water when passing by the coast.
Watch Hill remains a special place to visit. It is within a two-hour boat ride, has a little town with shops and restaurants, history, beaches, and a nice anchorage. What’s not to like? It is close to home, but gives you the feeling that “you got away” for a little while.
Our special little trip ended with dinner at Paul’s Pasta in Groton. Thanks, Amanda and Tim! We really enjoyed our time with you. Perhaps we are kindred spirits as we travel on land and on water.