Monday, August 12. Day 37
This morning we lifted anchor at 730 to travel to Watch Hill Cove to anchor at Napatree Beach. The main rain was to our south, but it rained a little on our way. We motored the entire way as there was not wind.
As we were coming up to the breakwalls for Stonington, RI, we decided to go in to see if there were any grocery stores within walking distance as we are running a little low on fresh foods. We passed these fishing boats.
The channel has thin water, so Phil went slow. At the gas dock, the chart showed 5′ of water but they said there was enough water so we came in. Turns out there was 8′ of water. While Phil stayed with the boat
. Of course she was right, so I was able to get only a few things on our list, but at least they had distilled water and half n half for Phil’s coffee. This is the street the shop was on, like a lot of the places we have visited lately, lots of boutiques but not much of what we need.
Then we left Stonington and entered the channel to Watch Hill Cove. I was down below and than BAMB and a very strong jolt. My bowl of cereal spilled, the companionway steps lurched and all the blueberries along with everything else in the galley spilled to the floor. We had hit a rock. I turned on the bilge pump and not much water came out, so we didn’t have permanent damage. We always say that Changes is built like a tank. We continued further in the channel and didn’t have any further mishaps until we anchored in front of Napatree beach by 1020am, our first real anchorage area.
We don’t have nearly as many powerboats going by, so it’s much calmer. After a while, we put the engine on the dinghy and went into town. From the water, it looks like many condos. Actually the first floors of the buildings are a lot of boutiques for the rich vacationing at the beach except for a few restaurants. This photo was taken on our way back in the evening after taking a walk to the sand dunes and on the beach so the setting sun is lighting up the town.
After walking around town, we went to St Clair Annex to have New England Clam Chowder for Lorraine and cheeseburger for Phil. This place was packed inside and we had little wait for the burger and fries, so Lorraine ate the delicious soup while we waited and we went outside on benches to eat the rest.
After lunch, we walked away from town. We came to the old Watch Hill carousel. By the Carousel there is the beach you pay $8 per person to enjoy. They do have the East Beach that locals can go to for free.
Also close to the East Beach entrance was a road to the Watch Hill Lighthouse that had a sign Walkers Only except if you’re older than 68, disabled, or a Veteran you could drive a car in. There also was a security guard with a red jeep. Phil kids Lorraine all the time that a Jeep is the next car She will buy him, even though there hasn’t been a FIRST car.
Of course there are beautiful houses.
I like this photo that Phil took.
As always, there are stone walls, this one is a retaining wall between the properties.
This is a panoramic view of Watch Hill Cove from the top of the sand dune at the beginning of Napatree Beach.
We tried to go crabbing on the edge of some rocks in the dinghy, but except for catching a little 2″ crab, we weren’t successful. I’m going to investigate on the Internet. Here are some finds from our walk on the beach.
We plan to stay here another day to try crabbing again hopefully before the rain starts. Then go to Block Island RI.