We passed West Point and Bannerman's Island, reminiscing about our 2009 cruise up the river with Fred and Linda (Young America N-37). As we passed Newburgh, where they have a condo, I gave Linda a call knowing full well that they were on their way south to their boat. I left a message and a short time later got a call back. Fred and Linda's departure had been delayed and they were indeed in Newburgh and were ready to drive to where ever we might dock to pick us up for dinner. Just then we were passing New Hamburg Yacht Club. After a quick phone call, we were docked and soon after Fred and Linda arrived as promised. We had a great Thai dinner in a nearby town, but mostly we enjoyed catching up with our "looper" buddies. We'd been putting in some long days, so when there were predictions of thunderstorms we decided to make a short day the next day and anchored in Rond Out Creek near Kingston. We'd been to the museum in Kingston on our last trip, so we spent the afternoon watching the storm clouds come and go without hitting us with anything too bad.
As we sat there, I noticed something across the road that looked like a stone entrance to a cave - and it was for sale! Advertised as "waterfront"! Joe wasn't curious enough to put the dinghy in the water, but I really wonder what it was. The next morning when we got back out on the river, there were swimmers in the water. They were swimming from one bridge to another down river. By the charts, it looked like about a seven mile swim. We hadn't really expected to, but we made it all the way to Waterford where the Erie Canal starts. All along the dock there is what appears to be a random pattern in the brickwork. Actually it represents the Hudson River and the Erie Canal and has special bricks that mark the towns along the way. Waterford is a good stop for shopping and laundry and getting mail. We'd had our mail sent but it wasn't arriving until Monday. The delay gave us the opportunity to arrange to have dinner with my cousins John and Paul Jr. and Paul's wife Ginny. We tried to figure out when we'd seen each other last but finally decided it had just been a long time. We spent the evening remembering times from visits when were young - and just as I remember our parents doing when they got together - we laughed a lot! (Unfortunately, there were no paparazzi in the area, so we have no pictures to commemorate the occasion.)
Although it was quite warm and everything was very green, we were reminded that we were in upstate NY when we saw these crossing signs.