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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Back to School
Nana & Markus
08-Sep-2011, Castine, Maine

Yesterday (Wed, 07SEP), Nicky's school year has started in earnest. Two days of weather imposed down-time in Castine provide a good opportunity to start settling into a school routine on board. After German and English writing yesterday, there was more German (picture above), Math and English writing today. We augmented the "normal school hours" by some fun reading (e.g. the Magic Treehouse series with books on the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving). Up here in Maine it's also very easy to tie in some colonial history throughout the day. Nicky has also enjoyed our afternoon outings to the very welcoming Castine Public Library. It's easy to forget what a treasure these public libraries are.

05 - Maine Shakedown Cruising
The State of Maine
08-Sep-2011, Castine, Maine

Had a great visit to the "State if Maine", the training ship of the Maine Maritime Academy that's located here in Castine. One the Academy's upper classmen gave us a very interesting tour. Nicky's highlight was a peak in the engine room (see picture below).

05 - Maine Shakedown Cruising
Up in Penobscot Bay
07-Sep-2011, Castine, Maine

A quick update from Castine where we tied up at the town dock last night. Had a very nice trip up here with stops in Casco Bay's "The Basin", Boothbay Harbor, Long Cove and Pulpit Harbor up in Penobscot Bay.

The Picture above was taken in Long Cove/Penobscot Bay - those knowing Maine's water temperatures will appreciate this as an act of bravery ...

We were sad to have Laura leave last Thursday, but we're confident we can re-connect at some other point along the way. We did have have a very nice surprise when Bob - whom we had met at Yankee Marina before - dropped his anchor next to us in The Basin last Friday night. We had little mini-flotilla to Boothbay Harbor where we able to re-unite with Tracy and James (whom we had first met in Florida in 2008) and also with Fred and Susan, friends from Yankee Marina.

Enjoying Castine now, waiting for swells from Hurricane Katia (which tracks well offshore to our SE) to subside by Friday night.

Pictures and details to follow. Off to visit the "State of Maine" now, the Maine Maritime Academy's training ship.

05 - Maine Shakedown Cruising

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