“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” -Walt Disney
This is our twelve year to head east for the season. Leaving Texas and heading to the east coast gives us a chance to enjoy two springs each year. After spending a week driving to Pennsylvania we spent four nights at our son's house, collecting lots of hugs and having fun playing with our grandwonders.
It's been a cold spring in New York, it even snowed the day before we returned to our boat. Since it was going to be in the 30s again on our first night back at Beacon Bay we decided to spend the night at a hotel in Seneca Falls. We love spending half the year here and the other half in Texas, but it's a lot of work closing down and reopening each boat. When we come back to New York all the work is done while we are on the hard...meaning multiple trips up and down a ladder hauling boxes, clothes and supplies. It's also done with limited electricity and no running water. So when we are settled into our summer slip at Allan Treman State Marine Park it feels like we are finally home, but we can't relax right away...this year we still had to wait another two days for running water and it took several days to provision the boat.
To celebrate the start of the season we had dinner at 84 Fall in Seneca Falls.
The Pearl all wrapped up from the winter...first job is to get all the shrink wrap off.
Splash day...it was beautiful but a little cold.
Trying to stay warm while the boat was being launched.
Stan on his way to our marina in Ithaca.
Stan moves the boat and I move the car. Before heading south I went up to Lake Ontario to pick up a few rocks for painting. The rocks are amazing there!
We are allowed to move into our slip on May 1. April 30 was a beautiful day so we decided to move the boat down the lake and spend the night anchored just north of our marina. It's been a long time since we spent a night on the hook and we truly enjoyed the evening. Being so close to the marina also meant we were the first boat in this season.
Our view of Cornell and Ithaca for the night.
She looks a little lonely right now but the marina will fill up quickly and the trees are already much greener.
In she goes...here's to another great season.