Launched around 1:00. Jeff started off with a favor for our neighbors to the north -
The neighbors are working on re-floating the parts of their docks that lost flotation during Sandy. They'd spotted this big chunk in the south corner of Sebago's shoreline and they gave Jeff a big nail tied to a piece of line and asked if he would retrieve their float. He was happy to help, of course.
The neighbors to the south are going to need a little more muscle to fix their dock issue - the Sandy surge was so high that this dock floated right off of its piling, and things didn't quite line up right when the waters receded.
We were thinking that maybe the small crane on the barge might have been brought in to do the work - may just be part of the bridge-building equipment but those are usually all kept down by the bridge.
Not sure whose dock this is but it definitely broke loose from one of the other boat clubs in the basin.
And speaking of the bridge - wow, it's almost done! It's funny, on the one hand it seems like the construction's been going on here forever, but when you're away for a while, it's sort of amazing to see how quickly things have moved in your absence.
Out onto the bay on a beautiful day. Really couldn't have asked for more splendid weather. How do people even GO to malls on a day like this???
Everything out on the bay looked pretty normal, but as we came into Mill Basin, we saw a lot more Sandy damage.
There were a lot of boats that had broken loose and ended up scattered here and there along the shore of Mill Basin - here, on the edge of Four Sparrows Marsh.
Following Lynn and Jeff into the even quieter waters of Four Sparrows.
Lynn heads down the main channel into the marsh
Lynn and Jeff in Four Sparrows
I posted this on Facebook with the caption "Escape from Black Friday 2012 - ha ha ha, they'll never find me in here!". I think that has to have gotten more "likes" than just about anything I've ever posted there!
Stand of trees by the inlet to the marsh. A lot of trees down here, but I'm not sure whether that's Sandy damage or whether they were already down.
Definitely another Sandy victim.
Mill Basin Bridge
Back in the Paerdegat. Would you ever guess we were in Brooklyn if I hadn't told you?
Up the Paerdegat
Closer view of the Durham, the small tug that brought in the small crane that we think might be here to fix the dock. For my tugophile friends.
Sunset on the Paerdegat
Moon to the south over the Paerdegat
Sunset, a few minutes later
The garden, wrapped up for the winter. The wooden sides of all of our plots had floated away from the beds when the water came up, so I put mine back in place, then pulled out the dead stuff. Tomatoes, basil & peppers had all finished before the flood. A lot of the green onion tops were killed by the flood, along with the thyme and sage. It does look like the onions and the rosemary bush are going to survive -- those are some tough plants!
And that was it for my Escape from Black Friday, 2012 edition. What a great day!