"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

July 10, 2013

July 9 - Block Island, RI

Great Salt Pond Mooring Field

I'm beginning to think the sun doesn't shine in Rhode Island...we woke up to foggy cloudy skies again. I unpacked the suitcases and cleaned the cabin while Stan filled the water tanks and did a few things in the engine room. We stopped at another marina for diesel and a pump out as we left Warwick. The fog lifted a little as we were leaving, so we had a chance to see what we missed on our way in a few weeks ago. We passed eight lighthouses today, but couldn't get pictures of many of them because of the weather. As we were leaving Narragansett Bay the sun did come out, but it was still hazy. There wasn't a lot of wind but the swells were huge, which gave us a pretty rough ride until we were out in the Atlantic. Boating here is very different than being further south...nothing but open water.

Our destination today was Block Island. It’s located in the Atlantic Ocean about 13 miles south of the coast of Rhode Island, 14 miles east of Montauk Point on Long Island, and is separated from the Rhode Island mainland by Block Island Sound. The island is a popular summer tourist destination and is known for its bicycling, hiking, sailing, fishing, and beaches.  

We ran into a little rain just as we were getting to Block Island so we really couldn't see much as we approached. Since this is such a popular place with boaters in the summer, all the town moorings were taken. We are rafted with our friends on Amici for a few days until a mooring ball is available. It was nice rafting up because it gave us a chance to visit with them without getting the dinghy down. We're hoping the weather clears in a few days so we can explore the island a little. Foggy or clear we're going clamming tomorrow. 

Plum Beach Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay
Dutch Island Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay
Shoreline coming out of Narragansett Bay 
Block Island North Lighthouse
Sharing a mooring with Amici

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