BI x 3 days + $0 = (F+U+N)

I bet that title caught your attention! Thought I would throw in an equation for a change of pace.

Block Island (BI) is another favorite destination in New England. I have done other blog posts about Block (July 2013, August 2013, and September 2014), but this time I really didn’t take many pictures. However, there is one distinction about this trip to the Block – we spent no money!!! (Except for the fuel….. ) And we had fun — it can be done. All you need is to keep it simple and spend time with good friends who love the water and boating, too.

We decided to take a short trip to Block just before the July 4th holiday. Years ago we spent the 4th there, and although it is fun, we prefer not to be among the crowds in the Great Salt Pond and on the streets. It gets a little crazy. Cutting Class joined us and we were fortunate enough to use the SYC club mooring.

Photo courtesy of Cutting Class.

Photo courtesy of Cutting Class.

On the SYC mooring

On the SYC mooring

We spent our days on the beach, watching boats enter the Pond, walking, kayaking, swimming. Yes, swimming. Dan and I braved the chilly waters. It felt good!

Block Island waters -- Above is Coast Guard Beach, a great place to watch boats come in and out of the Salt Pond. Below - Scotch Beach - one of the nicest beaches around.

Block Island waters —                                                                                                          Above is Coast Guard Beach, a great place to watch boats come in and out of the Salt Pond.
Below – Scotch Beach – one of the nicest beaches around.

Here is the proof that I really did go swimming!

First swim of the year for me! Thank you for the pic, Marcia! It is always good to have proof.

First swim of the year for me! Thank you for the pic, Marcia! It is always good to have proof.

The guys thoroughly enjoyed their work time helping each other with projects that require two do-it-yourselfers.

Guys at play, fixing, installing, checking, pondering.........

Guys at play – pondering, checking, fixing, installing ………

A cloudy morning was spent walking into town, checking out what’s new and what’s not. I am still surprised that we managed to spend a couple hours there and never had ice cream. Too early in the day? That usually doesn’t stop Captain Al.

Farmers Market

People enjoying the Farmers Market after the skies cleared.

This is one big raft-up in Old Harbor!

This is one big raft-up in Old Harbor!

These three gigantic yachts all came into the Great Salt Pond to anchor within an hour of each other. A monohull sailboat, a catamaran, and a power yacht. These pics do not even begin to show how big they were -- at least 100 feet long.

These three gigantic yachts all came into the Great Salt Pond to anchor within an hour of each other. A power yacht, a monohull sailboat, and a catamaran. These pics do not even begin to show how big they were — at least 100 feet long.

Evenings on the flybridge were the most fun. We all agreed that the flybridge is one cool place to have dinner.

Having fun together, just like old times in Hope Town Harbor.

Having fun together, just like old times in Hope Town Harbor.

The obligatory group selfie

The obligatory group selfie

Each evening as the sun set, three of us would pull out our conch horns and give it a go. Without a doubt, Dan is the best!

A trio of sunset conch horns

A trio of sunset conch horns

The full moon was an extra treat during this week.

The full moon was an extra treat during this week.

Alas, 3 days isn’t very long. We headed back to Connecticut to babysit for our youngest grandchild, and that is a very good reason to return home! 🙂

Bye, Cutting Class! See you back at SYC.

Bye, Cutting Class! See you back at SYC.

Bye Block Island! We'll back again!

Bye, Block Island! We’ll be back again!

Bye hydrangeas! You brightened our cabin for two trips.

Bye, hydrangeas! You brightened our cabin for two trips.

On our way home

On our way home.

2 thoughts on “BI x 3 days + $0 = (F+U+N)

  1. Hi, Just purchased an older 36′ trawler and live in Niantic. A lifetime of sailing and retirement is lead us to owning our first trawler. I ran across your blog and would love, when the time is right to chat as we will be renovating her through the winter and spring.

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