Fall Foliage on the Hudson River


fall_foliage_schoonerDon’t tell Jason but I really love Fall. I love everything about it. I love the layers. I love the boots. And, I really love the colors. Growing up in Florida, we didn’t have seasons so I never really got to experience all they have to offer. Now that I do I love to take it all in. Who cares that it means that winter and frigid temperatures are coming, I like to live in the now!

This past weekend we took a little ride up the Hudson River to see all the amazing colors with our dock neighbors, SV Velero. We really lucked out with these guys. They are such amazing people and Jason and I are so lucky to have them in our lives! They needed to drop their beautiful Beneteau Oceanis 55 off at the dealer for the season to have some work done on it so we orchestrated a whole adventure around it. We buddy boated up the river yelling back and forth to each other, pretending we were headed down to the Caribbean instead of just out for a weekend trip. Someday, friends, someday!

Self timer photo fun.
Thanks for taking me out dad! You get a slobbery kiss.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Seriously. It was the last day of October and I wasn’t wearing a jacket! It was glorious. After catching the current we cruised up the river at nearly 9 knots, almost double what Chance could go in good wind! There really is something nice about a reliable engine.

This trip may not offer the best sailing, but it is simply gorgeous. Endless trees in all shades of yellows, oranges and reds decorate the shorelines. After a five hour journey, we docked for the night at Haverstraw Marina, drank way too much and had way too many laughs over a game of Cards Against Humanity. Cards Against Humanity may be the best game ever. You need a slightly twisted sense of humor to enjoy it, but with the right group of people it is truly amazing. Highly recommend adding it to any boat game collection.

The next morning, all slightly worse for the wear, we all hopped in our boat and made the trip back to NYC. The sun was barely peeking through the clouds, so we piled on the blankets, cuddled up with the pups and took turns watching the autopilot bring us back home. It was so nice to spend time with them as we start to wrap up the sailing season up North. With the weather hitting the 70s this week, we have a few more trips planned, but our time on the water is sadly coming to a close so we were so happy to get one more weekend trip with friends we love. It will be a lonely few months as we look out towards the skyline and see their empty slip, but we know there will be many land based excursions to cure our winter blues!

Jason looking all sexy on the bow as we approach the George Washington Bridge
SV Velero looking sexy
This is our view EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Just a lonely sailboat at anchor in front of some insane fall foliage.
Dewey on watch
Dewey on watch

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