Friday, August 13, 2010

The ferry

I love ferry trips. I always enjoy a trip to Shelter Island or Greenport and find the ferry rides such a relaxing part of it all. On a beautiful day there's nothing better.

Today we're heading to Massachusetts for a family wedding and we'll be taking the Cross Sound Ferry from Orient to New London, which we've been doing for years. When we were newlyweds we drove around because we couldn't afford the ferry, but when the gas crisis hit a few years later we began using the ferry because it was cheaper than the gas needed for the drive. And what a difference it makes in the trip! It doesn't save any time, but the wear and tear is so much less and there's no comparison when the choice is driving through Westchester or sitting on a boat watching the sailboats and fishing boats pass in the Sound. Over the years the ferries have become bigger and more entertaining, with televisions and game rooms - a far cry from the tiny little "Caribbean" that we had to back off of years ago. And the shore facilities have improved tremendously too. I would never make the trip around by car now if I had a choice. Especially at this time of year when the crossing is smooth and warm.

I think it's going to be a really nice weekend.

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