boat songs

Honey tours Block Island by bike, to music.

Ready for two minutes of unadulterated delight? 

With winter undeniably, officially upon us, we took the long weekend to pull together some of our travel footage from our cruise around the Long Island Sound in early fall. 

We started with our most adorable footage by far -- Honey's bike tour across Block Island. 

This beautiful Island, just off the coast of Rhode Island, looks a lot like Ireland in some spots and offered days worth of hiking, empty beaches and beautiful porch views.

We were moored in the Great Salt Pond during our visit and the only way you can get to town without calling a taxi is by bicycle. After a few days of getting left behind on the boat, Honey had had enough, so we took her out for the ride of her life. 

Honey biked from the The Oar at Block Island Boat Basin dock in the Great Salt Pond to Poor People's Pub at the edge of New Shoreham, the Island's main town. The pub's waitress had a piece of bacon waiting for her as a reward for her long journey. 

We found the entire island to be low key and dog friendly. Bikes are available without a reservation in front of the docks and can take you pretty much everywhere. We've heard everything gets more competitive in midsummer, but you can see from Honey's tour that in late September we had the island and its joys to ourselves. 

We promise no Honeys were harmed in the making of this video, but some good laughs were definitely had at her expense. 

Oh, and the music in this is The Bike Song by Mark Ronson, of Uptown Funk fame. I know, you can't believe you've gone your whole life without hearing this song. So good. 


What is the perfect song for sailing?

With the barest hint of the weather turning cooler, nothing sounds better than a good nostalgic tune.

Every adventure has a soundtrack, and for us, sailing usually evokes a tune that's a little slow and whimsically old-fashioned. When the sails are full, we're big fans of classic Brazilian jazz (if you've never been initiated, the old soundtrack of Next Stop Wonderland is a fun place to start, as well as Seu Jorge, whose songs you may recognize from The Life Aquatic

When we're floating quietly, watching a sunset, something folksy from Songza usually does the trick

Recently though, I've been returning again and again to Dawes, a Los Angeles band that's been around for awhile but I'm re-delighted by every time I remember to turn their music on. They're a folk-rock band that sound like how old polaroids of Los Angeles look -- easygoing and drenched in the gold of a setting sun.

My favorite of their songs is Time Spent In Los Angeles.The first time I heard it, I felt like I had known it by heart forever. It's timeless and a little heart-tightening, with a nautical reference thrown in here and there.

I used to think someone would love me
For places I have been
And the dirt I have been gathering
Deep beneath my nails
But now I know what I’ve been missing
And I’m going home to make it mine
And I'll be battening the hatches and pulling in the sails.

It's the perfect song for our traveling spirits, and for sailing as the days get shorter here.