A leisurely morning and a cool dip in 74 degree water was the bonus for today. This anchorage beside Moon Bay Marina is a great quiet spot to wake up to in the morning. There were 3 other boats anchored with us in this anchorage with room for over 50 boats. There were at least that many here yesterday being a Sunday but they were day trippers at the beach.
We again started north as the Hudson River runs basically north and south after NYC. WestPoint Military College is along the shore. It’s old, distinct buildings are reminiscent of a 200 year old structure. The entire site is massive.
The sights that await you as you head along the Hudson River, where Henry Hudson the explorer and namesake once sailed, is stunning. The large bluffs and cliffs, which are called The Pallisaides, stand above the water’s edge. A train runs along the bottom of the bluffs along the water. Cities are connected by extensive bridges, many of which are being replaced by twin bridges. The Tappan Zee Bridge, the Bear Mountain Bridge tower above the boat. It’s difficult to show the size of these structures in Pictures.
The Hudson Highlands are ancient mountains where their tops have been sheared off by the winds of time. Some of the oldest mountains lay beside the Hudson River. They were born before the Rockies and the Appalachians, carved by a massive glacier.
We will be stopping in Kingston, NY. A small community of 20,000. There is a free dock available overnight if you have a meal at the restaurant along the waterfront. Ole Savannah offers a dock without water or power. The dock has a wooden deck that leads to a private entrance to the restaurant. There is wifi available however we could connect only in the restaurant. Our meals were very tasty and the bevy as well. A reasonable price as well. It’s cheaper than most marinas and the opportunity to go ashore is better than anchoring.
Ole Savannah Restaurant is a completely renovated old factory. Wrought iron, old brick, wooden beams with comfortable outdoor and indoor seating, with moderate pricing is within steps of your boat. The depth at the dock at low tide is approx. 10 feet, a 4 foot tide in the Rondout River. Kinston town center and the restaurant are within 1/2 mile from the Hudson. Easy in and out. In fact there is an NFL player’s 120 foot yacht is just down from the restaurant at the City docks.
The town is a sleepy town with restaurants, old architecture, antique shops and cafes. There is a maritime museum here that has the history of the Hudson River as well as Kingston. We did go in and it was worth a look even with the $7.00 charge. There is a trolley museum as well and a wooden boat restoration museum here as well. It is worth the stop on your way north.
Tomorrow we head to a marina. Laundry has piled up. We need some diesel. The last stop for diesel before the Erie Canal is Castleton. At $1.00 a foot with a 50 gallon fill or more, it’s worth stopping along the way.