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Witch's Over the Boom Cruise
Day 13
Cathy
07/18/2013, Kingman Yacht Center - Red Brook Harbor

We woke up at the crack of dawn to get ready to go biking. We had to get the bikes in the dinghy, get them to shore and set them up. We both have folding marine bikes that fit in bike bags. Jeff and Linda joined us around 6:30 and we headed to the Falmouth bike path. It was only two miles away and once on the bike path it was very flat, no hills at all and it was mostly shaded. The bike path is 10.5 miles long and ends in Woods Hole at the Steamship Authority where the ferries bring people to Martha's Vineyard. When we reached the end we stopped at a bakery called Pie in the Sky. After a much needed break we headed back. I kept looking at the mile markers and counting off how close we were to the end. We made it back to the marina around 10:30 and it was already 90 plus degrees. I did not expect to ride 25 miles on this hot day, but starting out early when it was cooler was the way to go.

My brother Mike had planned on coming to see us today, as lives fairly close by. We met Mike and Betsy for lunch at the Chart Room, and then brought them out to the boat in the dingy. Troy quickly warmed up to Betsy and now has a new friend. When they left to go pick up their kids at camp, we put on our bathing suits and headed across the bay to the beach to meet up with Daria and Dan.

The beach is on an island called Bassetts Island and it shelters Red Brook Harbor from Buzzards Bay. It was about 10 degrees cooler on the beach and there was a breeze that made it feels even cooler. When we jumped in the water we were surprised at how warm it was. It was like bath water but if you ventured out a little further it did get much cooler.

It was very hot once we returned to Wildflower from the beach. The heat made all three of us quite lazy. I noticed that I no longer had my pedometer. I searched the boat top to bottom and it was nowhere in site so we headed into find out if I lost it at the Chart Room. No luck finding it there either. George was using my spare, so he gave it back so I could continue to log my steps. Good thing I ordered a few more before I left on vacation.

We had dinner on the boat and watched a video that Edie lent me called The Bletchley Circle, a PBS series. It was very good, but we could not finish it as we were both wiped out from a long hot day.

I did get in around 10,000 steps today.

Witch's Over the Boom
07/18/2013 | Chris
Did you know that light biking is the equivalent of 142 steps per minute for women and 145 for men? I got that from the walkfranklincounty.org website (I log my steps there).
07/19/2013 | Clint
I have decided that because of all of this biking, walking, and hot weather you need to increase your endulgences.

We do not want you to waste away to nothing before you make it back to work.

Enjoy the rest of the trip!
Day 12
Cathy
07/18/2013, Scituate to Red Brook Harbor

Wow is it hot, and t is expected to get even hotter as the week goes on. We are leaving Scituate today, heading for the Kingman Yacht Center, located between Falmouth and the Cape Cod Canal. We went into town early to try and get some walking in, but it was so hot we headed back to the boat. With a little sea breeze it was much nicer out on the water. Around 11:00 we dropped the mooring and headed into the harbor to fuel up. Troy was flirting with the pretty young girl working the fuel pumps. Once that was done, we docked at the yacht club to top off the water tanks. We ran into Melissa at the docks and she said Brad is doing better, is headed to a chiropractor and they hope to meet us in Cutty Hunk.

The seas were very calm and there was no wind (sorry sail boaters), but we enjoyed it. Troy was wrapped up in his beach towel and was content to sleep the whole trip. I kept putting pillows on the seat above him to keep him in the shade as much as possible. On the way to the canal, Melissa and her sister Nina went flying by us in Sea Quester, heading back to Padanaram. We caught up with Ruffian and also passed Cetacean along the way.

The trip through the canal was nice. We hit the changing of the tide and the ride through was easy. We meandered our way into Red Brook Harbor to the Kingman Yacht Center. Red Brook Harbor is located between Falmouth and the Canal. We are moored next to Nixie and Ruffian is at the docks.

We had dinner on board Wildflower and tried out best to keep cool. There is a restaurant at the marina called the Chart Room. It is quite popular, so we headed in for a mudslide (their specialty). The place was absolutely packed, so we bought two and headed to the Ruffian for a visit. The sunset tonight was spectacular from the fly bridge of Ruffian. When getting our mudslides at the Chart House, we saw people from the Portsmouth Yacht Club that we met on our trip to Maine a few years ago.

We headed back to Wildflower as we are getting up very early for a bike ride with Jeff and Linda. Troy was a sleep on the Nav station, I swear, that cat can sleep anywhere. The problem with him sleeping on the Nav station is that he sometimes accidentally turns on the windshield wipers with his paws. He has done it a few times this trip and it always scares me when I hear the wipers going on a canvas window cover. It always takes me a minute to realize what that strange noise is.

Only 9,000 steps today, a little better than yesterday, but still not very good.

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Day 11
Cathy
07/16/2013, Scituate

Today was a lay day in Scituate and a hot one it was. George went out early for a kayak ride before it got to hot. Troy and I stayed on Wildflower and had a leisurely morning. He and I know how to relax. Once George came back we had some issues with the generator. The intake valve seems to be filled or blocked with sea grass. George was able to get it cleared after working on it for a few hours. We were in such sallow water, he was able to stand in the sand on the bottom with his head on the bottom of the boat and clear the blockage.

After all the boat chores were done we went out for a dinghy ride in the harbor. George decided it was time I ran the dinghy. So I started it up and headed out. I think it was just a ploy to let me know that we need a new dinghy motor. It was so hard to turn it in any direction that I agreed that it might be time to get a new one. We docked at the town docks and headed into town for a walk.

We did some provisioning and decided it was far to hot in town and headed back to the boat. Troy was grateful to be able to get out of the cabin once we returned and headed out on the deck to enjoy some fresh air. We hung out for the rest of the afternoon, reading and napping.

We were meeting the group at a restaurant called Oro for dinner. We originally had plans to attend the Guest Chef night at the Scituate Yacht Club, but it became a popular event so they decided that it was going to be a member's only event so we had to make alternative plans.

We headed to the yacht club around 5:30 to meet the group. The yacht club launch was going to bring us over to the restaurant once the group was assembled. Once we were at the club we found out that Brad of Sea Quester was having major back issues. He had hurt it earlier in the day and it was getting no better. It was so severe by early evening that an ambulance was called and they had to take Brad off the docks to a hospital for immediate attention. Poor Brad was embarrassed about the whole thing. You have to understand, Brad is a fire fighter and EMT so it was hard for him to accept help, even though he needed it. We heard that he is doing fine and is recovering and may meet us in Cutty Hunk.

The dinner at Oro was wonderful. The restaurant was great and the food was totally delicious. No one had a single complaint about his or her meal. We walked back to the yacht club and caught the launch back to Wildflower.

I only got in 7100 steps today. Not good, so I will try and step it up tomorrow, but it will be hard as tomorrow is a travel day. We are heading back through the Cape Cod Canal to Red Brook Harbor.



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Day 10
Cathy
07/15/2013, Salem to Scituate

Today we say goodbye to Salem and leave for the Scituate Yacht Club. We rose early and headed into town to have breakfast at Red's, know as one of the places the locals frequent. We were supposed to meet up with a few of our cruise mates but they stayed out too late and could not make it (as the skipper said, Lovey is not feeling well this morning). The place was great and now filled up we went back to the boat to prepare for departure.

Django and Cetacean both came into our dock to water up before departing for Gloucester and Boston. George washed the boat one more time, filled the water tanks and I called for a pump out. At 10:00 the dockhands swung us around and we headed out of Brewers Hawthorne Cove Marina. Troy was not happy to be back in his harness after a few days of freedom, but he soon borrowed into his blanket and slept the whole trip.

After leaving Salem we went by Marblehead, a beautiful harbor that we stayed at, on a past cruise. It is a little overcast, but we were able to see the Boston skyline for most of the trip across Massachusetts Bay. We arrived in Scituate at 1:00 and were escorted to our mooring. We are not far from the lighthouse and also the string of houses that sustained damages during hurricane Sandy. Sea Quester came in just behind Wildflower, then Ruffian and lastly Nixie.

It was one of those days that we just did not feel like getting off the boat. We napped, read, listen to music and did a little cooking. We had Pasta Bolognese that I made at home and froze along with some of the fresh homemade pasta I bought at the farmers market in Salem. Troy roamed endlessly around the boat, not sitting still for very long. While we had dinner, he sat out on the bow of the boat by himself letting the cool breeze blow through his fur. The temperature has dropped and it was very comfortable for a change.

Scituate harbor is quite large, with many big beautiful houses, marinas and yacht clubs and a large fishing fleet, coming and going. It's enjoyable to sit up on the fly bridge and watch all the boats. George had his binoculars out and was scanning the beach and came upon a bikini photo shoot, lucky George.

I watched a few more episodes of Downton Abbey while coloring. I have a very intricate coloring book that is very addictive. Once you start, it is hard to put down. I use colored pencils and it takes hours and hours to complete one picture. I will post a few of the pictures I have completed on the blog. My friend Dianne got me hooked on these. As I colored and George read, Troy was sleeping in between us on the couch.

Only got in just over 10,000 steps today. I will have to do better tomorrow.

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07/15/2013 | Dianne
Your vacation sounds like a dream. You're doing some of my favorite things, coloring, lots of walking, watching Downton Abbey and best of all, eating great food. Love the blogs...have fun!
07/16/2013 | Chris
It makes me so happy that you two can get away and enjoy each others' company and that of your sailing companions (and cat). It sounds like a wonderful vacation - thanks for sharing. And be glad you are out of the water/coast. It's so hot inland!!
07/16/2013 | Chris
meant to say "out on the water" not "out of the water"!
Day 9
Cathy
07/12/2013, Salem

Today is the second lay day in Salem. We rose early and decided to take a very long walk. I had located a TD Bank about 3.3 miles from the boat, so we thought that would be a good destination. We never found the bank but did walk all the way to Marblehead and back. I got in 10,000 steps before breakfast. We had picked up a rhubarb tart from the bakery for breakfast along with fresh strawberries from the farmers market.

We hung out with Troy until around noon, letting him roam around the deck and fly bridge, while keeping a close eye on him. He is now jumping off the boat onto the dock on a regular basis. He can be such a brat cat. We ran into Peter and Wanda who were headed to the Peabody Essex Museum. That is the first time we have seen them since being in Salem.

Our first stop was the House of Seven Gables. The tour of the house with a historical commentary was very interesting. They do a great job of keeping the house up along with all the furnishings. We also toured Nathaniel Hawthorne's house next door. The house was moved there from another location; when it was slated to be torn down to make way for a church parking lot.

After the tour we headed to the bar at Finz on Pickering Wharf for a martini and fried clams. Both were delicious. George then headed back to the boat and I did a little shopping. I picked up some homemade ice cream and fresh pasta before heading back to Wildflower. By now I think you can see a theme, when boating it's all about planning your next meal as much as your next destination.

We met the group at the Grapevine for dinner. It is a Mediterranean restaurant that was recommended by Denise, who used to work and live in Salem. Melissa's sister Nina and her husband Kent joined us for dinner. Before dinner, Peter awarded the Swan Trophy to the sailing vessel, Nixie for winning the race from Scituate to Salem. He also gave a small gargoyle to Ruffian and Wildflower for being the first powerboats to compete in the race (or as he has called us in the past, stink potters). Everyone's meal was terrific, I highly recommend it if you are ever in Salem.

Some of the group headed out to find a place to dance, others headed back to the boats. We are headed to Scituate tomorrow along with Ruffian, Nixie and Sea Quester. Cetacean is headed to Boston for one night and Django is headed for Maine for a few weeks. I wish we were going with them.

I hit 22,000 steps today and am now a member of the 100,000 club, as I did 100,000 steps in six days.

Witch's Over the Boom
Day 9
Cathy
07/12/2013, Salem

Today is the second lay day in Salem. We rose early and decided to take a very long walk. I had located a TD Bank about 3.3 miles from the boat, so we thought that would be a good destination. We never found the bank but did walk all the way to Marblehead and back. I got in 10,000 steps before breakfast. We had picked up a rhubarb tart from the bakery for breakfast along with fresh strawberries from the farmers market.

We hung out with Troy until around noon, letting him roam around the deck and fly bridge, while keeping a close eye on him. He is now jumping off the boat onto the dock on a regular basis. He can be such a brat cat. We ran into Peter and Wanda who were headed to the Peabody Essex Museum. That is the first time we have seen them since being in Salem.

Our first stop was the House of Seven Gables. The tour of the house with a historical commentary was very interesting. They do a great job of keeping the house up along with all the furnishings. We also toured Nathaniel Hawthorne's house next door. The house was moved there from another location; when it was slated to be torn down to make way for a church parking lot.

After the tour we headed to the bar at Finz on Pickering Wharf for a martini and fried clams. Both were delicious. George then headed back to the boat and I did a little shopping. I picked up some homemade ice cream and fresh pasta before heading back to Wildflower. By now I think you can see a theme, when boating it's all about planning your next meal as much as your next destination.

We met the group at the Grapevine for dinner. It is a Mediterranean restaurant that was recommended by Denise, who used to work and live in Salem. Melissa's sister Nina and her husband Kent joined us for dinner. Before dinner, Peter awarded the Swan Trophy to the sailing vessel, Nixie for winning the race from Scituate to Salem. He also gave a small gargoyle to Ruffian and Wildflower for being the first powerboats to compete in the race (or as he has called us in the past, stink potters). Everyone's meal was terrific, I highly recommend it if you are ever in Salem.

Some of the group headed out to find a place to dance, others headed back to the boats. We are headed to Scituate tomorrow along with Ruffian, Nixie and Sea Quester. Cetacean is headed to Boston for one night and Django is headed for Maine for a few weeks. I wish we were going with them.

I hit 22,000 steps today and am now a member of the 100,000 club, as I did 100,000 steps in six days.

Witch's Over the Boom

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