For the last time, Pipe Dreams left our dock, and I could not help shedding a tear as memories of good times on her ran through my head. There are many, but the best ever was the adventure from Rockport to Burlington, Vermont. Come along as a few of the highlights are shared.
First stop was Boston, a trip from Rockport of about six hours. I have flown into Boston many times, but seeing the cityscape unveil from the water was new and dramatic.
After a luscious dinner at Mama Maria’s and an overnight among big, I mean really big, yachts, we headed to Newport, Rhode Island. One can’t go to Newport without visiting the mansions once owned by the rich and famous. It was impossible not to think about how much would be required to furnish one of these enormous homes!
Then it was on to New York and time out for a Broadway play, exploring Central Park, window shopping and indulging in some of the good food the city offers. As always, my heart beat a little faster in the Big Apple.
With those stops behind us, we began the journey up the Hudson River, so filled with history and wonderful places to visit. First was Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate that is filled with breathtaking art and antiques. It remains on my list of top places I’ve visited.
Further up the river is Hyde Park, home to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It was a little disappointing to find the property not particularly well cared for, but history represented there was interesting.
Along the Hudson is much history to say nothing about the number of lighthouses, each one different.
What I loved about boating on the Hudson was the ability to see the shore on both sides. As we went further north, there were beautiful, peaceful scenes that quieted the soul.
Along the way we couldn’t resist stopping at local farmers markets where we found all kinds of good things with which to prepare on boat meals. The original plan was to eat out where we stopped for the night, but we were so well stocked on the boat that never happened nor did spending the night in B&Bs. We were so comfortable on Pipe Dreams it didn’t seem necessary.
Life on the boat didn’t interrupt some on land activity. The hubby got a big kick out of my doing yoga on the stern. I told him that kept me in shape for the hard work I had to do with lines both on the boat and at anchor.
Some ten days after leaving Rockport, we arrived in Burlington, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain. It being the beginning of fall when the light changes, we were treated to some enchanted evenings.
Without question, this adventure is one that is etched in my mind and one I would do again on a moment’s notice. With Pipe Dreams having moved on to a new owner, that’ll not likely happen, but new adventures lay ahead. More about those later.