NYC was an awesome stop, I’m so happy I decided to stay here for a while. My dad and I probably walked 20 miles the last two days in NYC. We got to catch up with my long time friend Danielle and her boyfriend Eric. New York really impressed me, and for a small town guy like me I felt very comfortable here and the people were friendly. I’m so happy to be able to say I have been here and will for sure go back for a visit. Thankfully my friend Maggie was with me for the first few days, she is accustomed to the big apple and was able to show me how to get around on the subway and some good areas to go. My dad and I still got lost on the Subway our last evening trying to make it to Time Square, all part of the NYC experience.
We said goodbye to Bayflower this morning, with hopes of catching them up the river or on the lakes in a couple of weeks. We were going north on the Hudson by 0900. The scenery sure changed fast soon after we hit the Hudson River Valley. As soon as we were out of the city the river got very natural looking with rock cliffs on one side and wooded hills on the other. There is a train that runs along the bank of the river called the Hudson Line, that thing moves fast 50-60mph from what I estimated. That is the best way for people in the surrounding towns to get to NY because of the parking problem in the city. For a Sunday the pleasure boat traffic was light and the conditions today were perfect, beautiful clouds and flat water. The Hudson is anywhere from 36′-130′ deep throughout this leg. You pass a nuclear power plant called Indian Point Energy Center, it looks cool from the water and I swear the air temp raised 10 degrees as we passed it. These Nuclear power generation facilities have to be cleaner than the alternatives. We went through Rockland, Westchester, Putnam and Orange NY also passing West Point Military Academy. We docked 61 miles north of Brooklyn in an area called Newburgh at a marina called River Front Marina. Staff here is friendly and calls you by name and makes sure you are completely satisfied. There are 5 good places to eat all in walking distance. This is a historic river way and I feel so proud to be traveling it. Being with my dad is the greatest. Lunch was like eating at a fine restaurant with his good cooking. Last night we ate at Captain Jake’s, our server Jonathan was an outstanding individual that made my dad and I feel right at home. We got to talking and I told him about the Great Loop, he was super impressed and came to check out Pura Vida. His dream is to open a restaurant in Tahiti one day and live the Island lifestyle. I know this dream will come true for him and I look forward to seeing that and visiting.
River Front Marina is easy to get into with plenty of lay along spots for the transients (845) 661-4914