Hey everyone! thanks so much for the support - okay, now i'll try to address some of your points...
1) we are only in Buffalo NY right now, not going through the st. lawrence, but the erie canal (god willing!) we are having engine problems right now (its all on the blog - happy days!) - but i can tell you its cold right now! looking forward to heading south! We have all sorts of heavy gear - are you talking about clothes or sails and stuff? we have a gale sail and all that...and head to toe foulies and boots and the lot.
2) wind has rarely been where we need/want it - so we've been motoring like mad so we can get through the erie before it closes. we've sailed a bit, motorsailed a bit - but mostly been under power. we'll take it easy when we are in warmer waters...but now, the cold is making us MOVE!
Aww...and we were in Charelvoix for a day and a half - LOVE LOVE LOVE that harbor town...you're lucky to call it home! Please keep in touch and good luck with your plan!!
@ W30DF - yeah, the mississippi route was a possibility for us, but you can't sail AT ALL on the river and we wanted to do a nice shake down through the great lakes...it has proven VERY worthwhile as we have (and are still) working out some gnarly kinks. but all good! that is supposed to be a neat trip, as long as you don't get run down by the barges and hit too much debris!
@Boxedup - we will HOPEFULLY be in NY harbor soonish - do you have any recommendations for a slip somewhere that doesn't make me want to poke my eyes out!? we are in buffalo right now with some engine issues, and we'll be here for a few days - but hopefully we'll be in NY city in 10 days or so...let us know - you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. either way, we'd love to meet you!
@ Rockdawg - thanks so much!! We are not sure where we'll be and when, but if and when we get to your 'hood we'd love to meet up for a lunch or dinner! That would be lovely!
@ Eryka - you sound like a kindred soul. we love MI, but we never stopped at Northport (we were at Frankfort, just down a ways) thanks for the compliments on the blog - i try to make it entertaining and i love to write (though my writing in these forums suffers!! haha) We will most definitely be in Annapolis before x-mas so that would be awesome! i'll get in touch as the time gets closer...either way, it's always nice to meet fellow cruisers!! oh, and i see you have a blog or site - i'll check that out now.
Thanks again for all the support everyone! We appreciate it!
Brittany (& Scott)