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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Beautiful Morn, Dismal Eve

Such a beautiful morning today, we headed out of Fishing Bay near Deltaville, VA before the sun rose.





We had a spirited sail down the Chesapeake with 15 - 20 knot winds on a close reach with a reefed main and headsail. We sailed at a speed of 8.5 knots for quite some time. Our average speed for the day was closer to 7 knots. That's flying for us!



We ended our day tied to a free dock at the entrance to the Dismal Swamp Canal.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Not Much

Have not blogged recently. Frankly, not much new has been happening. Same old, working on the boat and attending and working at the US Sailboat show in Annapolis, Maryland.


We did get a new anchor...it was shipped to the marina office 4 blocks away. Ed made a "trailor" out of our hand cart and brought it back to the boat,




Looks good, doesn't it?





I had a number of sewing projects....this one I am pretty proud of. I replaced the cover for our Lifesling. I used heavy duty vinyl and cut out the old covers' instructions for use and sewed it to the new.




We had a very successful boat show. Ed and I worked 4 of the 5 days of the show. We are now beating feet south. Hopefully we'll have lots of pics of warm, tropical locations soon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Takes all kinds

We see a lot of different types of boats in our travels. At first, we could not figure out what this was.





As it came past us we could tell it was another cool toy the Navy boys get to play with...





After it passed...holy crap, a 15' wake! You cant tell from the pic but the wake was HUGE. This puppy can do 35 knots. Hard to imagine the fuel flow used in displacing that much water. I have never seen a wake anywhere near this big.




I hope they carry surf boards .

Ed

Friday, September 12, 2014

September 12th

Three years ago we could have started our cruising life on an infamous day. We choose to leave Michigan the day after. Yes, today is the third anniversary of our cruising life!


Here are pictures from our day today.

















Sunday, August 24, 2014

Take a Hike

Here on Mt. Desert Island is Acadia National Park. What a beautiful place. We spent weeks, most of it anchored in Somes Harbor, exploring the island and the park. The great thing for cruisers is the free bus system that takes you almost anywhere you want to go . We spent some time in the cities, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Bass Harbor.

The view of S/V Freedom at anchor from the bus stop




Southwest Harbor




The Bass Harbor lighthouse





This was a great place to run some errands. Here is Ed getting our propane tank refilled.





The true draw of this area are the incredible hiking trails. They can be fairly easy like this one.






Or more difficult like this





The views are well worth the hike








The anchorage had its draw as well.


This rainstorm never reached us. It ended over the mountains but gave us this great rainbow.




This seal did a little balancing act on top of a rock for us.




This is a wonderful place and we look forward to coming back here again some day.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

More Foraging

We spent some time hiking the trails of Frenchboro, Long Island. I am always looking for blueberries here in Maine. I saw blueberry bushes everywhere on these trails but little to no berries on them. Finally, on the way back, along the roadside almost in town Chris spotted them; jackpot! Wild blueberries!


I picked a few...





The next morning...




YUM!!! Wild Blueberry pancakes.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Trapped

We anchored in beautiful Somes Harbor, enjoying the surrounding Acadia National Park.




A storm rolled in with predicted 15-20 knot winds. It turned into 20-30 knot winds with gusts to 40 knots! It seems the storms always come at night. 3 boats dragged anchor. We stayed up all night on anchor watch, worried about the boats nearby dragging into us. As daylight broke we discovered that a lobster pot was blown into our anchor chain and was wrapped around it. We've been doing a great job dodging them and keeping them out of our propeller. This one seemed to take it personally and came to find us. Ed had to go out in the dinghy and unravel the tangle of pot warps from our chain. It was an old, unattended pot encrusted with mussels.




Ed hauled the trap to the surface to make sure it was clear of our chain and anchor.




With help from a neighbor the trap was dragged clear of all the anchored boats.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Maine Fog

The fog comes 
on little cat feet. 

It sits looking 
over harbor and city 
on silent haunches 
and then moves on.

Carl Sandburg


Fog greeted us as the Maine coast came into sight.




We've had patchy fog throughout our trip. Today's fog is one of the thickest yet. You can barely see the dock in the background less than 100 feet away.




In the background of this photo is a 100+ foot ferry boat. His fog horn is blowing, you can hear his engine but for the longest time you could not see him. The fog cleared (a little) for me to snap this pick.




Watching for lobster pots can be a challenge.




Sometimes the fog can be really beautiful.




This bridge over the Eggemoggin Reach was completely obscured by fog. By the time I grabbed the camera it was gone. It had moved on.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Maine Tales

We are really enjoying our time here in Maine! So much to see, such great and friendly people, incredible seafood and we love the wildlife

The view of the harbor in Castine.






The quintessential Maine church




This wooden mast needs replacing




The Maritime Acadamy is working to replace it. Below is the 75 feet of good wood glued together.




The cutting begins



Maybe they will be finished if we pass through again on our way south?




The harbor seals are everywhere....but they don't like their pictures taken.





This is as close as I could get







This is usually how you see them...with the heads bobbing in the water.





Monday, July 28, 2014

Foraging

We left the nice little town of Rockland and enjoyed a beautiful sail east to the Fox Islands Thorofare to make Seal Bay on Vinalhaven Island. In the thorofare, the lobster pots were THICK. Thankfully we dodged em all. This picture doesn't really tell just how bad it was.


Seal Bay was a nice place to ride out a bit of blustery weather passing thru. It was also a great place to collect mussels. I dinghied to a rocky outcrop nearby at low tide. The commercial guys were wearing hip boots but I could stay in the dink in a foot of water and pluck all the mussels I wanted off the bottom. Collected about 40, perfect for a meal.


Took a bit of scraping of barnacles to prepare them for cooking as well as several rinses.


The final act was to turn them over to Chris and let her do her magic. Steamed in diced tomatoes, shallots, garlic and white wine. Mmmmm. Absolutely the best mussel dinner I've ever had!