The view from Spiritus' slip allowed us to enjoy the dazzling lights of Atlantic City casinos.
When we departed Atlantic City at sunrise we could see the Ferris Wheel spinning on the boardwalk.
The Captain set our course in the Atlantic Ocean while the First Mate prepared the morning coffee!
Entering Manasquan Inlet after our 8-hour ocean cruise was a challenge because of the swift current.
We discovered that lovely Point Pleasant is a vacation destination on the Jersey shore!
Spiritus and her crew were happy to stop for the evening and get safely secured at . . . .
. . . . the very local and oh-so-friendly Captain Bill's Landing!
We had a front row seat for their annual Fishing Tournament weigh-ins!
The nearby Red's Lobster Pot had the BEST lobster mac-n-cheese on the planet!
After indulging at Red's Lobster Pot, we treated ourselves to a stroll on the Point Pleasant Boardwalk
Their boardwalk reminded us of a special high school date we had at Panama City's Amusement Park in 1970.
We wisely passed on the Moby Dick ride after being tossed around for 8 hours in the Atlantic Ocean!
A stroll on the Boardwalk would not be complete without ice cream!
The Jersey folks keep a watch on all the crazy tourists!
We made an early departure from Point Pleasant, hoping to ride the tide into New York Harbor.
We were fortunate to have calm seas and light winds as we approached the Verazano Bridge connecting Staten Island and Long Island.
Passing Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island brought back fond memories of visits there with our family.
Our excitement escalated as we viewed the distant New York skyline.
The Captain tried to stay out of the way of ferries and tour boats in this extremely busy harbor.
As we approached the Statue of Liberty, we miraculously managed to take a selfie.
And as we got closer to Lady Liberty, we were in awe . . . . and maybe even shedding some tears.
Truly an unforgettable "WOW" moment seeing Lady Liberty up close and personal from our own boat!
We departed the statue just as the boat traffic started to increase.
In fact, there were 200 jet skis from the NYC Race Team heading right toward us.
Passing new World Trade Center was another emotional, unforgettable experience.
It towers high above all the other buildings, looking very majestic.
The Jet Ski Race Team decided to continue up the Hudson River with us.
Can you imagine how much noise 200 jet skis make?
The Empire State Building remains an iconic sight.
The sun shining on the World Trade Center radiated a beautiful, surreal glow.
We headed up the Hudson River, overcome with emotion, and feeling so fortunate to be able to experience this amazing adventure.