Here I sit a day into my third week of the hitch, at anchor in Bayridge waiting on orders. Yesterday morning at the end of watch and after my normal crew change, I caught a ride on another of our companies vessels out to the anchorage to relieve someone who like myself, was filling in. She’s one of our larger class of tugs that does mostly coastal work, in fact she had just returned from a trip to Boston and back. During my last watch on my normal boat I assisted her alongside a ship in the anchorage for lightering, and then boarded her in the same spot six hours later.
So its another week before the mast until I get to make that freedom drive to the waiting arms and paws at home. Luckily I get to come home to our lacrosse coaching season in full swing and a packed schedule of games and practices with Therapist Wife and Head Coach in charge. I’ve been helping out by coaching the goalies, as I was one myself a long time ago, and running some of the offensive drills from time to time. It’s been a blast watching the Mrs. do her thing and really bring a fantastic group of young ladies together as a team. It also helps having an shared passion, well obsession really, that doesn’t float and eat up large quantities of time and money.
It’s been a productive hitch thus far photography wise as well, with a couple afternoons of being tied up in a primo location with primo lighting. Some of you New York harbor rats mights be able to guess where from some of the photos.