#5 Staten Island, NY to Croton On Hudson, NY

Statue of Liberty and Here's to Us!!

Now when Sam first started talking about traveling around the Great Loop, I thought he was crazy.

I also thought that he would lose interest and move on to another idea.

He didn’t.

So, I started looking more closely at some of the stops we would make and the sights we would see.

I got excited about going to the Florida Keys, seeing Chicago from our boat and of course, being up close and personal to the Statue of Liberty.

This was really going to be exciting.

The Day Had Come!

It was time.

Planning was in the works.

We had a buddy boat to go with us and take the “money shot” of our boat in front of the Statue of Liberty.

I was so excited!!!

Then, I looked outside.

Dense fog.

DENSE.

I could barely see 50 feet out.

I casually mention this to Sam.

We’re going anyway.

Go or No Go?

We recently attended the America’s Great Loop Cruiser’s Association (AGLCA) Spring Rendezvous.

Many times I heard mention a “Go or No Go” plan.

This is where the couple, if applicable, must both be in agreement before heading out to the next destination.

We, however, do not have such a plan.

Not yet.

Land of the Fog

We left Great Kills harbor in Staten Island and headed out around 7:15 a.m.

I may have mentioned to Sam about how foggy it was again.

Then, I mentioned it again.

And again.

How was I going to get great pictures of us coming into New York Harbor and Lady Liberty from afar?

Or even close up for that matter.

Sam kept saying, “Oh, don’t worry. It’s going to burn off before we get there.”

He would point and say, “See, it’s already better.”

What I actually saw was dense fog.

No change.

ARGH!!!

New York Harbor Traffic

We saw through the fog there were large barges and ships but they were anchored and not going anywere.

There was no sign of kayaks, paddle boards or jet skis which I found out later dodging those could be an issue on a sunny day.

We did see several speeding ferries taking New Yorkers to work.

Thank God our buddy boat had AIS (Automatic Identification System).

AIS is a digital VHF radio-based transponder system that can prevent collisions and can protect your boat from being run down by a huge, fast-moving ship, barge, etc.

Can you see how important this would be when it’s foggy?

Yeah.

We’re getting one.

Sam cranked up the volume on Kenny Loggins singing Danger Zone.

And although there were only a couple of tense moments, we were never in danger and but was still fun to sing along.

There She Is!

Sam said, “I see her!!!”

This is what I saw.

Where is the statue of liberty?

Ah, man!

But as we got closer, I could see her better.

And then a little better.

Until we were right there.

I was speechless.

And immediately overcome with such gratitude for being an American.

If you haven’t seen the Statue of Liberty in person, make every effort to go.

You’ll feel what I mean.

Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor

On to Half Moon Bay

After that awe inspiring cruise, we went on to Half Moon Bay located in Croton on Hudson, New York.

It was still foggy.

I was still waiting for it to “burn off” as promised.

New York
New York, New York???
bridge in new york
George Washington Bridge?
Sailboat in the Hudson

We finally arrived at Half Moon Bay Marina and Steve, the dock master, met us to help us get in the slip.

He gave us general info and a map of the area so we could find some fun.

Map of Croton on Hudson
We used Steve’s homemade map to walk to Enterprise. LOL

We ended up renting a car from Enterprise (45% off for loopers) and ran a few errands, loaded up on supplies and felt normal again riding in a car.

We stayed a couple of nights and enjoyed beautiful sunshine the following day.

We had great fun at Docktails with other loopers and had a fabulous Italian dinner with our buddy boat friends at Fratelli’s Trattoria.

Half Moon Bay Marina

Wouldn’t Change a Thing

Even though we traveled in the fog, I was reminded by my sister on our buddy boat that this is our journey.

Our pictures may be foggier than some but this was our experience and I wouldn’t change anything about it.

I hope you treasure your days even when they don’t turn out as planned.

Our Thoughts

Our Trip

Nebo Map to New York

Comments

  1. Dee Hightower

    Oh man! Rev, thank you for this blog. I was reading along, then began to see your pictures and when the “close up” of Lady Liberty stood before me in that picture, I got teary, and so thankful that you got to be there! It is a beautiful sight! Love you both! Have a great day!

    1. The Crew

      It sounds like you had the same feeling that we did. Such an incredible experience. We love you too!

  2. skimeister

    Great post! As they say.”it’s the journey!”

    1. The Crew

      Thank you. I was hoping for better weather on the journey but oh, well! Maybe next time.

  3. Maggie from Rowlett

    Great post! Your tavels are so unique as well as the emotions you will experience. Enjoy and take them in. The lady represents the core of our values and hopes. Her beauty is beyond words.

    1. The Crew

      Thanks, Maggie. I couldn’t agree more! It was just overwhelming.

  4. Greg

    C-people (pun intended): Rev – share your thoughts about the SoL. Sandy and I took a cruise around Manhattan in April 2016, along with a visit to Ground Zero, and saw that iconic sight. So glad to see things are finally going your way.

    1. The Crew

      Seeing the Statue of Liberty up close like that was much more emotional than I thought it would be. Thanks so much.

  5. Venessa

    Amazing! And what a wonderful vantage point to see Lady Liberty from. Thank you so much for sharing with us! ❤️

    1. The Crew

      It was truly incredible. 🙂

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