For one of the first times in my life, being late really paid off!!
It all started off with leaving the Hampton’s Saturday morning.
After an amazing visit with my Whistler friend, Chef Olivier, I was on my way to Montauk to catch the ferry to Block Island. After stopping over on Block Island for lunch, the plan was to hop on a ferry to Newport, just in time for the Folk Festival. Well, there was way too much traffic going on Long Island (New York, duh). I missed the ferry by about 15 minutes….the only ferry of the day! Instead of crying, like most girls would do, I decided I better figure out another way across the ocean if I was going to see all my friends at the annual Folk Festival.
Olivier was on his way to New York City and offered to bring me there, and than take a bus to Rhode Island. That would take about 7 hours, and I would for sure miss everything, Soooo…. I asked the nice lady at Viking Fleet Ferry if there were any other options off the tip on Long Island. She told me my two options were boat or plane. She informed me that most of the boats were out on a fishing tournment, and gave me the number of the private airport in Montauk. So I took matters into my own hands and walked around the docks to see if I could find a boat ride out of Montauk. One captain said he would take me for $400 across Block Island Sound. Too expansive. I called the tiny airport and they said they didn’t really have any planes leaving, but I should try giving one of their friends a call, Steve.
All I can say is Steve came to the rescue and saved the day. Without even meeting me, he told me he would pick me up in 20 minutes. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
I think this was the adventur
e of my life time… so far
Before I knew it, we were taking off in the tiniest plane I have ever been in! Over his radio we heard big talks about a Nuclear Submarine about 20 miles south east of Block Island. Steve flew us over it to check it out!
Instead of bringing me to Block Island, he offered, mid air, to deliver me directly to Newport! I felt like the luckiest person in the world!! On the way over, we chased a nuclear submarine! RAD!
Thank you Steve!