This morning we moved the boat closer to where everything and everyone is. It was a long dinghy ride from the anchorage on the other side of the Causeway Bridge and all the boats over there seemed to be in long-term storage. So we timed raising our anchor to the opening of the bridge. On our first anchoring attempt, we dragged. So we raised the anchor and brought up a whole garden worth of sea grass. We picked the next spot more carefully, looking for light patches that indicate a sandy or muddy bottom instead of grass. This did the trick and we caught right away. The wind was blowing over 20 knots and Dave backed on it hard, so it should be very well set. Just in case, we stayed on the boat for another hour to keep an eye on it.
Once we felt secure, we hopped in the dinghy and headed for shore. We immediately caught a bus for Phillipsburg. We love the bus system here. They are not fancy, but they are frequent, easy, and a cheap way to travel. Phillipsburg is where the cruise ships come in, typically an ‘avoid at all costs area’ for us. But we chanced it in order to rent chairs and an umbrella on the beach where we could get wifi to post some blogs. The risk paid off. It was Sunday, no cruise ships were due in, and almost all the businesses were closed. The Holland Hotel was still open and rented us chairs, pads, and an umbrella, provided wifi, and served us drinks and food right to our beach chairs. So, we spent the day at the beach, something we never do, not sitting around in chairs anyway. The Internet was as slow as everywhere else we try and it took me all day to upload pictures and post two blogs. Dave took a dip in the ocean to cool off, but I never did. I guess I am not much of a beach person. I’d rather jump off the back of the boat than deal with the sand and waves.
When my computer battery was spent, we caught another bus to return to the boat. The day was hot, very hot and we detoured to a gelato shop, the Carousel. What a cute place. Some cruisers told us about it at the dinghy drift. It has a dinghy dock, air conditioning, awesome gelato, a bar, and free wifi. In other words, it is a cruiser’s paradise. The gelato bar is round, like the shape of the building and on the dock is a real carousel that kids can ride. Pretty cool place. We’ll be back! Next stop, we saw that the casino across the street was showing the NBA Playoffs. I’ve only seen a couple games this entire season, so I was excited to see that a game was happening right now and we watched the second half. Man! Those Warriors are having a great season! Maybe we can see another game this week.