June 9, 2013

June 8, 2013 Day 17 The Hudson River
Half Moon Bay Marina
Croton on Hudson, NY

We departed our anchorage with Journey at first light and although it was still rough, we knew we needed to leave.  We were soon passing under the Verrazano Bridge and entering the New York Harbor into calmer waters!

Of course when the Freedom Tower, the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island warmly welcomed us, our attention was totally focused on these incredible sights.  Even though we were here last year, it was just as impressive as if we were seeing them for the first time.  The Lady is closed for repairs from Superstorm Sandy, so there were fewer ferries around it.  We were able to spend adequate time taking photos!  We continued up the Hudson River and the scenery eventually changed from skyscrapers to the cliffs and trees of the Palisades on the east side.  The river also winds and that adds to its charm. 
Manhattan and the Freedom Tower

The Magnficent Lady welcomed us back
The Staten Island Ferry is one of many

We arrived at Half Moon Bay Marina in Croton on Hudson shortly after 1:00 and spent time relaxing after our previous harrowing night. 
The winding, scenic Hudson River

We walked a half mile to the little downtown of Croton on Hudson with Rick and Margi for dinner and enjoyed pizza!  Of course then we walked across the street to the Purple Monkey for ice cream – because that is what Loopers do!

When we returned to the marina, we visited with at least eleven other Looper boats until dark.  It is good to have so many of us here! 

We will stay here until Monday and get some rest and some chores done before heading north up the Hudson again.
Half Moon Bay
The view of Half Moon Bay from our dock at the marina