Voyage 2015+: Chapter 2

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23 Aug 2015, Lilli is coming!, 41 44.358 N/ 070 38.964 W

    Lilli is coming to visit on Jule III here in Onset. We can't wait until she arrives. Sammy is waiting for her visit also. We used our rental car to pick her up but we had to detour to Wilmington NC for a funeral of a dear friend. It was a 10 hour drive from Lilli's house to Onset. We were tired.

    Mr. Dave was the Onset launch pilot who we relied on to get us to and from the boat. Ann had strict instructions not to get her leg wet so the dinghy was out of the question. We had good conversations during our 5-10 minute rides to town or the yacht club. Lilli enjoyed the rides also. Still she would rather travel in the big boat.

    Lilli insisted on sleeping in Grandpa's berth along with her Mr. Smoothie. Poor Grandpa had to sleep in the main salon with Sammy Jane (until she moved to sleep with Ann). She would cozy up with Smoothie, have her snacks, and watch a movie on her DVD. Life was good for the girl and for us!

    The girl and GPO (that's Bob) headed to the beach with Grandma. The sandy bottom wasn't too sandy (but rather mooshy) so we decided to build a sand lake. Grandma could not play in the sand due to her leg ... but she could watch.

    We took the launch to the local pizza place, Marc Anthony's, where we all got pizza (each there own). She played a game at Marc Anthony's where she won a stuffed shark. She loves stuffed animals so she was thrilled the rest of the night. For some reason she did not want to remove her life vest and she continued to wear it most of the night. Strange girl.

    A day of miniature golf and a lunch time snack was enjoyed by all. There is a place in Onset that provides all day miniature golf for $7.95. Not a bad price and a great course. We won't say who win 'cause that is not proper. We all had hot dogs and the girls had ice cream.

    Lilli 'bought' Grandma a mesh swing and she wanted to see it in action! So Grandpa hoisted it up on a spare jib halyard, placed a couple of ropes to stabilize it and Caramba, a swing. Grandma had to fight Lilli to get some time on the swing. It was a big hit but everybody was sad when we had to take it down for a storm.

    Miss Lilli got dinghy driving lessons and she did a wonderful job driving us back and forth to the dinghy dock. She was not allowed to play with the throttle but she had complete control of steering. It reminded us of Collin's first dinghy drive many years before. Grandkids are cool.

    The night before she left, there was the "Illumination", a tradition held for many years in the Onset Harbor. Everywhere we looked, we saw bright red lights (flares) on the coastline. It was truly a breath taking sight ... and we got to see it all from the cockpit of Jule. Not a bad finale for Lilli's visit.

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26 Aug 2015, Saying farewell to Onset, 41 44.358 N/ 070 38.964 W

    We gave Lilli back to her folks and we were getting ready to leave Onset. Will and Glenn tended to our needs while at the Point Independence Yacht Club. Glen was especially helpful as he has been around for quite a while and he was very accommodating last year. We hope he will be back next year. Will would always give support to us whether it was fueling, pump outs, ice, or anything else. We will miss these guys.

    Barry is the marina manager and made sure that Ann had everything she needed for a safe and happy stay at the yacht club. This is Barry's first year at PIYC and it is a credit to him that everything is running so smoothly. He asked us to let him know when we safely arrive in ILM and will will surely do so.

    Today we leave. We are sad but we have to leave early to catch the tide. Jule has been in the same spot for 6 weeks. We had one of the local men dive on the boat but nothing was seriously fouled. Next stop will be Martha's Vineyard. You better be right, Jim and Karen.

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26 Aug 2015, Farewell Onset Hello Martha's Vineyard, 41 27.744 N/ 070 37.596 W

    We left mooring ball #9 around 0800 with wind on our nose and current with us. Sadly this led to a serious chop resulting in a bumpy and slow ride. Still we had plenty of time for our intended passage through Wood's Hole at 1030 when the current there would be slack. At 1100, we entered Vineyard Sound where we again got bounced around with opposing wind and current. We arrived at Lake Tashmoo's breakwater at 1510 where we noticed a shoal encroaching the channel from the West. So we favored the East side. Almost a costly mistake with wind blowing us towards the rocks. Depth sounder said we were aground but we were still moving. Depth went quickly from 5.5 ft. to 9 ft. Ten minutes later we were safely at anchor.

    We had several welcoming committees visit during our two day visit. Two beautiful mute swans with 5 adolescents in tow came to visit and ask for a handout. We obliged. The swans apparently talked to the duck families in the neighborhood. Before long, we had 10 ducks parading around the boat. More snacks for the 'kids'. Not bad

    Today we took the dinghy to the dinghy dock and hiked up the hills to the Village of Vineyard Haven. Being our first visit to Martha's Vineyard, we were in exploring mode. We checked the shops, had a bite of breakfast, checked out the harbor, and tried to figure out the bus system. Nice town but a little tight with all of the ferry travelers.

    We figured the buses out so we planned a trip to the Village of Oak Bluff. We were told that Oak Bluff is less 'touristy' than the Haven. Not sure why they said that. Lots of shops. Lots! There are many, many restaurants, a large green space park where we were lucky enough to see a rainbow, and throngs of people. We bought some Black Dog stuff, and then took the bus back to the Haven, and the dinghy to the boat. Tomorrow we head for Newport.

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