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The Adventures of Woofie
Old Williamsburg
10/04/2008, Gloucester Point, VA

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Fouled Prop!
08/16/2008, Scituate, MA

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Dressed for the Weather
08/12/2008, Boothbay Harbor, ME

This morning we woke early to a torrential downpour. The fisherman in the picture has the right outfit on for today.

Fortunately the rain stopped in the late afternoon and we were able to get off the boat for a while. We enjoyed a jog together before dinner and an ice cream dessert. Tomorrow we hope to make Portland.

Lobster Pot Shop Talk
08/11/2008, Boothbay Harbor, ME

Let me begin by saying we love fresh lobster. We would like to thank all the lobster fisherman who work tirelessly to bring in the harvest. We've watched them leave port before sunrise, haul their pots all day long, and then clean their boats well after dark. But...

The aggravation of steering around these buoys all day long can be a real pain in the a**. It make us feel like a prisoner of the helm. In the fog it can be downright dangerous.

Most Maine sailors don't seem too bothered by them. I can only conclude this is because everyone here sails monohulls. Traditionalist that they are take on these multicolored prop jammers like they are slalom skiing.

Our boat, on the other hand, cuts a twenty-five feet wide path through the water and has two propellers on the outer edges. Often times we have them touching both sides at the same time. And believe me when I say they are everywhere.

We feel very fortunate to have escaped unscathed so far with only one close call. In another few weeks we should be past the worst of the minefield.

New Beginnings
08/10/2008, North Haven, ME

After many months of sailing to get to upper Maine it was now time to head West and then South. Today was our first day traveling in that direction.

For me, a certain amount of emotion set in like the blanket of fog that was wrapped around us most of the day. Something about heading a new direction stimulates my thinking. While our sights are now set on the long trip ahead, we are aware that the real joy is in the journey, not necessarily the destination.

Our route today took us through the Deer Island Thorofare and the community of Stonington. Then through the Fox Islands Thorofare on our way to our destination of North Haven, where we picked up a mooring for the night.

Some of the highlights for the day had to be the rock ledge where we saw perhaps ten seals with calves, the lobster trap that got wrapped around the keel, the sailboat that nearly rammed us in the fog, and best of all the peace and quiet that we had in the anchorage at the end of the day.

Hooray for Sunshine
Jordon Lake
08/09/2008, Jordon Lake

This morning we awoke to glorious sunshine. We took advantage of the opportunity to ride the free bus (thanks L.L. Bean) over to Jordon Lake for a hike. The trail was in perfect shape and we appreciated the chance to enjoy the great outdoors here in Maine.

Afterward we jumped on the bus and checked out Northeast Harbor before making our way back to the boat.

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