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Cruising with Osprey
Cadillac Mountain
07/17/2011

As we traveled to our destination today we were rewarded with amazing views of Mount Cadillac. At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and is the first place to view the sunrise in the United States from October 7 through March 6. It is one of over 20 mountains on Mount Dessert Island that were pushed up by earth's tectonic and volcanic forces millions of years ago. Were it not for the huge glaciers that sheared off their tops, they would be even higher than what we see today. The mountain is largely composed of pink granite with forests of spruce and pitch pine. It was named in honor of the French explorer and adventurer, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac. This gentleman went on to found Detroit and the Cadillac automobile is named after him!

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07/19/2011 | Natalie
Gorgeous! Next summer i am meeting you in your favorite NE harbor, have never been and always wanted to go. Glad you are having such an amazing trip. Can't wait to see you in a few weeks! Love from us, CNJ xxoo
Another Beautiful Day
07/17/2011

After yet another calm, peaceful night, we awoke to glassy seas, warming temperatures and clear blue skies. After a bit of discussion we decided to head back to the MDI area. We had an easy motor sail to arrive at our destination before noon. I don't really want to admit to where we are but I will enter the co-ordinates on the Google Map and suffice to say we are back in my favorite harbor on the US East Coast. We needed to get ice, get rid of garbage and get laundry done, also a nice long shower was much needed by the salty crew. So here we are and everything we need is right here! We even had enough time to catch the bus up to the Park and go for a run. Tomorrow is laundry day and Osprey cleaning day. This is well timed to allow a lay day whilst a rainy front passes through.

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Sorrento Harbor
07/16/2011

We ventured to a new , for us, port today. We reluctantly left the welcoming Winter Harbor Yacht Club and headed up Frenchman Bay to Sorrento Harbor. Here the cruising guide advised us we would find a guest mooring, courtesy of the Sorrento Harbor Yacht Club. Sure enough we arrived at this most scenic harbor, with a dramatic back drop of Mount Dessert Island across the bay, to find a mooring prominently marked "Guest". This is so gratifying to see and a large contrast to what we have found when cruising in other parts of the country - especially Florida. Here we are made to feel welcome and everybody smiles and waves when they see you arrive. As we pick up the mooring I spot the local lobster pound so that is our first stop. Having taken care of supper plans we relax and enjoy this beautiful place. Once again, another amazing day.

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07/17/2011 | Dad
It looks just perfect, not a cloud in the sky! Great photographs.
We had your two sailing pupils over today ,they are really looking forward to going sailing!!
Mummy and I are off to Bruges tomorrow ,back in 4 days. Hope to talk to you then. Love to you both
Dad
XXX
Winter Harbor
07/15/2011

We had to take advantage of the winds today and left Roque Island. This was tough as it was a beautiful day and it is so peaceful there - we could have happily stayed another day...or two. But away we came and were rewarded with a wonderful sail for a few hours at least. Once again the winds failed us and petered out but at least we were riding a favorable tide this time and so made good progress towards civilisation. The wind picked up again late afternoon and so we were rewarded with a gentle sail around Schoodic Point. From there we sailed into Winter Harbor and picked up one of the Yacht Club moorings. This is an old elegant club that is very hospitable to visiting yachtsmen - which is us! After tidying up Osprey we went for a brisk walk ashore and into the town of Winter Harbor which is quite picturesque. Then back to Osprey for cocktails. As we sat in the cockpit we were fascinated to watch an Osprey chase off a Bald Eagle, presumably away from it's nest. Considering that the Eagle was twice the size of the Osprey we were amazed to see that the Osprey won out.



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