We awoke to a beautiful, sunny morning at Cuttyhunk. Many of our neighboring boats had departed and we had a clear view of the opposite end of Cuttyhunk Pond. We kayaked ashore and immediately felt at home when we walked past the police truck. Wayne County, take note!
Cuttyhunk was cozy and lovely. All of the people we encountered were friendly and seemed pleased we had ventured to their island. We strolled past cottages and made our way to the Historical Society where we found an informative display titled "Ice & Isolation" which depicted island life in the winter.
We continued up the "main" street past the Historical Society to reach the top of the hill for a 360-degree view of the island.
We walked just a bit farther to an old WWII bunker where we had another great view of the Gosnold Monument. This monument takes some effort to get to; a bike trail, then hike through poison ivy/tick infested grounds, a swim through a marsh, and finally the you've made it to the tower. We didn't attempt this venture, and the women with whom we spoke in the Historical Society thought this was a good decision. The bunker, as some visiting teens warned us, was a snake paradise. Brian did peek into the snake pit but didn't see the other two snakes that the teens had found.
On the way back to the harbor we checked out the menu at the local pizzeria. The pieces of flare in the "patio" made this restaurant difficult to miss. Too bad we weren't able to sample the pizza.
Kayaking back home, we stopped to chat with a fellow SSCA member (we noticed their flag flying). We introduced ourselves to Rich and Carol aboard The Great Catsby. We exchanged contact information and were invited over for cocktail hour. Well, not only was this literally inviting, but the water was inviting as well. So back at Rode Trip we opted to spend another night at Cuttyhunk. We swam and cleaned up and then Brian fished while I caught up emails and blogs.
Off to cocktail hour! Rich and Carol were joined by six of their cruising friends and we all got to chatting right away. Brian chose the best outfit, on his very own, he selected his Great Big Sea t-shirt and this was an immediate conversation starter with Tony and Judy who are from Newfoundland. Rich and Carol extended their invite and we stayed through dinner and long into the evening. It was quite a memorable night! Rich was very familiar with Honesdale and surrounding areas. Small world! We name-dropped to see who me might know in common and reminisced about the area. We learned many cruising tips, watched an inspiring video "Ice Blink" about the cruising Martin family, and completed a 300 piece puzzle (ok, the puzzle was already started). We do plan to see everyone out on the water as we are all headed for the Bahamas this winter.
The following morning we awoke early and said goodbye to Cuttyhunk and to our new friends.