Monday, May 26, 2008

BLOCK ISLAND WEEKEND, Windsurfed on Monday, SSW, 18-23 building to 23-33, 5.2/RW 85, Tony, Margie, Sherry, Bob, Constance, John from B.I.

Mohegan Bluffs

Catch of the day- panties

Saturday & Sunday- Sunny, warm, light winds; good for long bike rides, unicycling, boating in the Great Salt Pond, fishing, snorkeling, lots of baseball, walking to town for dinner. Not so good for windsurfing. These first 2 days were so active that I woke up with complaining muscles on Monday morning(the sign of a good vacation).

Josh and I saw some big bass when we were snorkeling in the deep cove behind the Coast Guard station, but Josh and Ben had no luck fishing there from the boat that night.

Monday, windsurfing- Beauty day! Still sunny and warm, but windy too. Really windy. I couldn't believe that the 5.2 was O.K. with gusts into the low 30's. It was fun having so much power! I could plane through some big holes, decoupling wind. I guess it's easier to handle a slightly oversized sail when sailing on mostly flat water. I got lots of jump practice, although I didn't feel like I was getting enough height to go for loops. At least that's the excuse I gave myself. The boys unicycled at Andy's Way while I was windsurfing. Barbara worked on her R & R.
2 boys, 1 unicycle

Narragansett Inn- Worked out O.K. No heat in the rooms, was a little cold at times. The lawn was great for baseball practice! It was a nice walk, bike/uni to town for dinner or desert. Eating on the porch was nice. I missed the beauty and wildness of the open ocean at Crescent Beach, and the gathering effect of the Surf Hotel's lobby & porches, but this new lady has it's charms.

Growing Pains- Josh is at the age when he doesn't know whether he wants to go on these family trips or stay home to be with his friends. 1 week before the trip, he told me that he was looking forward to Block Island. Then, when we were on the ferry to the island, he told me that he had tickets and a backstage pass to a concert over the weekend that he was going to miss. He had forgotten all about it until it was too late. And life sucks. Block Island, and all the special activities such as windsurfing, snorkeling, etc. are just about the best cure I know for, "life sucks", but it didn't completely work it's magic for Josh like it did for the rest of us. I had a few sad moments, thinking about how passionate Josh used to be about this trip. I guess it's just part of watching children grow up, something is gained and something is lost.

Cow on Wheels


Jean said...

Did you stay inside Great Salt Pond?

scooper said...

Yes, most of the crew prefers flat water, and I wanted to stay with the group and be sociable for a change.

If the wind had been NE I might have gone off for waves with Tony and John, but it didn't seem like anyone wanted to go wave exploring in SSW with small swell, and my family was hanging out at Andy's Way, on the salt pond.

How was West Dennis on Monday?

This weekend I'll be at Ninigret for a Petra Kanz clinic, with the family & AMC crew. It sounds like it might be windy!

Jean said...

Monday was picture perfect at WDB- was there all day, started with the kite, ended with the five O. Dead low tide there is very nice. I was gonna ask where you'd be tomorrow. Ninigret will be nice, not sure yet where I'll go...