Welcome Home, Kindred Spirit!

It took another 7 days for Kindred Spirit to complete the 8-month journey (242 days) that began on September 13, 2015. I wasn’t around for those final days, but I will try to put the story together from Al’s photographs (on his iPad which was more difficult than I expected. If this is viewed on an iPad or phone some of the photos are sideways or upside-down; but are fine on a computer. Go figure! ).

I departed on Wednesday, May 4th in a rental car for the 5-hour drive from Atlantic City to Connecticut. Although I was sad to leave Al, Marcia, and Dan in that very dreary and cold weather, I was secretly a little bit glad (with a dose of a little guilt) to get home to long hot showers, my own washer and dryer, and a warm house.

The weather forecast and the actual weather on the Jersey coast continued to be COLD and rainy.

The weather forecast and the actual weather on the Jersey coast continued to be COLD and rainy.

Baking chocolate chip cookies for my boys and my sweetheart. Lots more fun than doing loads and loads of laundry.

All snug in my house, I baked chocolate chip cookies for my boys and my sweetheart. Lots more fun than doing loads and loads of laundry.

The two boats and crew, Kindred Spirit and Cutting Class, were not able to leave Atlantic City until Saturday, May 7th. That was a total of 5 days sitting and waiting there for better weather. The weather finally improved, although  not ideal, so off they went, literally offshore, up the Jersey coast.

The trip off the New Jersey shore is a long one. 83 nautical miles over 12 hours for Kindred Spirit (14 hours for Cutting Class.)

The trip off the New Jersey shore is a long one. 83 nautical miles over 12 hours for Kindred Spirit (14 hours for Cutting Class.)

The plan has always been to tuck in at Atlantic Highlands, inside of Sandy Hook, NJ. That’s what we have done for three previous trips through between New York City and Atlantic City. While Cutting Class continued as planned, Al decided to try something different and passed Sandy Hook, anchoring just above Coney Island in a little nook, a designated anchorage on Active Captain. In front of a Toys R Us

LEFT- AIS tracking Kindred Spirit past Sandy Hook and on to the anchorage just north of Coney Island. RIGHT - Gamin Blue Chart on the iPad shows the boat and the anchor symbol from Active Captain.

LEFT- AIS tracking Kindred Spirit past Sandy Hook and on to the anchorage just north of Coney Island.
RIGHT – Garmin Blue Chart on the iPad shows the boat and the anchor symbol from Active Captain.

With Kindred Spirit and Cutting Class underway for the entire day, I attended my daughter-in-law’s baby shower for our new granddaughter, due in June. Something to ponder — We have gone cruising twice, 2013-2014 and 2015-2016. Both times, I returned early for a daughter-in-law’s baby shower. Coincidence??

Steph, our happy, glowing mother-to-be, enjoying her special day and gifts for the "little nugget" as we call her.

Steph, our happy, glowing mother-to-be, enjoying her special day and gifts for the “little nugget” as we call her.

I was so happy to be home and share in the special moment. Left to right - Kerri, Jeanne, squirming Caleb, me, Lisa, and Steph.

I was so happy to be home and share in the special moment with my sisters and daughter-in-laws. Left to right – Kerri, Jeanne, squirming Caleb, me, Lisa, and Steph.

While I enjoyed festive moments, Al was still on his way home. We continued to stay in touch through phone calls, emails, text messages, photos and FaceTime. But they just aren’t the same was being together. 🙁

Al had a great view of the Verranzo Bridge, at sunset and at dark. His view in the other direction was a Toys ‘R’ Us (no picture!)

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My solo captain was up early the next day to brave the NYC traffic and Hells Gate, with the current. But first, there is traffic from the cruise ships to watch out for.

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The crise ships pass by each other. And by Kindred Spirit, too.

The cruise ships pass by each other. And by Kindred Spirit, too.

Battery Park, lower Manhattan, appears in the morning mist.

Battery Park, lower Manhattan, appears in the morning mist.

A nice calm day for the trip through the East River.

A nice calm day for the trip through the East River.

Safely in Port Washington by early afternoon, Al was ready to take a “resting day.” “Rest” for Al usually means finding some boat-related project, large or small. He sent me photos of his project on Mothers Day –

~ In progress ~ Finished

~ In progress                                                                                 ~ Finished

When your sweetheart sends photos like this, you start to wonder ...... all alone, no tv ..... time to come home, maybe?

When your sweetheart sends photos like this, you start to wonder …… all alone, no tv ….. time to come home, maybe? Love that goofy side!

Spending Mothers Day with my two handsome and amazing sons (yes they are really that tall) and their beautiful and wonderful wives. I am a very happy and fortunate mother. Could not ask for anything more.

Spending Mothers Day with my two handsome and amazing sons (yes, they are really that tall) and their beautiful and wonderful wives. I am a very happy and fortunate mother. I could not ask for anything more.

Mothers Day would not be complete without our little Caleb (almost 2 years old now!)

Mothers Day would not be complete without little Caleb (almost 2 years old now!)

Al enjoyed his resting day in Port Washington and was joined by Cutting Class. The weather was a bit rough again, but they braved the waves to go to shore……. and became literally soaked on their return to the boats. Wish I had photos of that!

The temperatures are still well below normal, but the rain stopped.

The temperatures are still well below normal, but the rain stopped.

Two more days left. Tuesday, Al traveled from Port Washington to Branford. He anchored in the harbor and picked up our friends Gil and Judy on Wednesday morning. They joined him for the final leg of the journey.

Branford harbor, sunrise on the last day.

Branford harbor, sunrise on the last day.

Kindred Spirit coming around the breakwater into Shennecosett Yacht Club.

Kindred Spirit coming around the breakwater into Shennecosett Yacht Club.

Yeah!!! Hallelujah!

Yeah!!! Hallelujah!

Approaching the slip, the crew has the lines ready while the Captain maneuvers her into her home.

Approaching the slip, the crew has the lines ready while the Captain maneuvers Kindred Spirit into her home.

And now, both of my “kindred spirits” are back home again. We have completed another adventure of a lifetime, for us, and are happily home again to enjoy the pleasures of land life. There are a few more blogs to include that I will get around to eventually, blogs such as the statistics of the trip and the costs of cruising, what worked and what didn’t work on the boat, and, perhaps, a few remaining thoughts on cruising and the Bahamas.

3 thoughts on “Welcome Home, Kindred Spirit!

  1. Welcome Back! Good to know that Kindred Spirit and her crew are back – safe – with memories of a fabulous voyage !

  2. So glad to see Kindred Spirit home safe! I have a couple of questions; do you not have a generator? (48 degrees inside the boat is more than I could handle!) and second, Kindred Spirit looks clean and white as she approaches the dock. So how did you guys avoid the infamous ICW mustache? 😀

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