Here are a few more pictures of the marina:
|An overview of the marina, taken from the deck of the lightship. You can see that the marina extends back from the river for some distance.||The previous view was looking lengthwise down the marina; this view is looking across the marina. Crosswise, the marina is quite narrow.|
|Another crosswise view, showing one of the local ferries pulling in (this is not the ferry that I took). There is quite a bit of high-rise residential development in the area, and the ferries are a very popular way for pedestrians to get to Manhattan. The ferries and water taxis run back and forth to Manhattan all day, which unfortunately makes the marina a busy and noisy place.|
|A good-looking yacht named Valiant in its slip at the marina. Although the style says 1920s, the vessel was launched new in 2001. Billed as a luxury motor yacht, the 97-foot vessel is available for charter (starting around $3,000 for two hours). Click on either picture to see a bigger version; use your browser's "back" command to return here.|
Just after dark, I went for a short walk along the waterfront park adjacent to the marina. The New York City skyline was spectacular, even through the haze—a million points of light. The Empire State Building was done up in red, white, and blue light, but I thought it was a bit of an unnecessary affectation, wearing your patriotism on your sleeve like that.
There was a lot of traffic on the river, and the tugboats sure do like to sound the danger signal (five toots of the horn, meaning a dangerous situation exists, like an imminent collision). In the hazy darkness, especially with numerous bright lights ashore, it can be very difficult to see the small running lights on the barges that the tugs are towing. Also, tugs towing barges are not very maneuverable, especially for abrupt maneuvers, so it seems the tugboats like to make sure everybody knows they have the right of way.
I walked along the river for a short distance, then suddenly realized I was absolutely pooped and not enjoying my walk, so I turned around and plodded back to the boat. I have had several recent nights of poor sleep (rolly and/or hot) or just short sleep (like last night), plus today was a long day with lots of physical activity. By 10:00 pm, we both called it quits and went to bed.
|I included these pictures just for fun. This apartment building is right next to the marina, and they were doing maintenance on the roof. Unfortunately for the maintenance crew, it looks like there's only one way to get to the roof: at the very top of the building. To get to all the stepped roofs, they had to set up a million and one extension ladders, and I can imagine the men scurrying up and down and over the ladders, like Mario in the ancient "Donkey Kong" video game. If you look carefully, you can see a ladder leading to the far side of the building, so there are stepped roofs and ladders on the far side, too.|
The story continues in the next section as I head back home to Annapolis, MD.
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