30 July 2011 | Cuttyhunk Island, Cape Cod, Mass.
30 July 2011 | Cuttyhunk Harbour, Mass.
24 July 2011 | Mystic, Connecticut
11 July 2011 | Mystic
11 July 2011 | Noank
11 July 2011
11 July 2011 | Port Washington, New York
03 July 2011 | NJ & NY
03 July 2011 | Anchored south of the big bridge
03 July 2011 | Cape May, NJ
03 July 2011 | Delaware City, DE
03 July 2011 | St Michaels, Maryland
25 June 2011 | St Michaels, Maryland
22 June 2011
07 June 2011 | Onancock Creek, VA
05 June 2011 | Fishing Bay, Plankatank River, VA
05 June 2011 | Fishing Bay, Plankatank River, VA
30 May 2011 | Little Creek, VA
23 May 2011 | Beaufort, N.C.

It Ain't Over Yet!!

24 July 2011 | Mystic, Connecticut
I made it home to Halifax (by train/plane) & back to Mystic (in our new-to-us car) in fairly short order.

Sorry that I wasn't able to get in touch with you. I wasn't ready to be home yet so pretended I was just somewhere/anywhere buying a car and driving to Mystic. Having said that, I couldn't have done that without my sisters, Sue & Jan, and my mom, all of which, fed me, drove me around & housed me during my stay. It was great to see them again even though we were on the run the whole time.

Just as I arrived back in Mystic a heat wave hit. We had to work like crazy on the boat to clean it up after living on board for a year and to start the prep for our departure. The boat splashed down the morning of my arrival following a bottom & bow thruster cleaning as well as a redo of the anitfouling/zincs - Alex was busy!

The national-newsworthy heat has been unreal and leaves you exhausted but as of today will subside and be much cooler tomorrow.

Mystic & neighboring Noank are true New England coastal communities. Everything looks to be out of a magazine - like Martha Stewart waved her design wand over the countryside. Unreal! Even the rural-type rock walls have your mouth gaping all the time. The architecture has my head spinning constantly which makes going for a walk or a drive a challenging endeavour. Bob has learned to just sit and wait while I gawk.

And I have to put in a plug for the Mystic Seaport Museum - an active/interactive spot for all things nautical.

Also, as a total aside, my second plug must go to the Long Island town called Port Washington. We found it on our way south and returnd to it on our way north. I thnk we've mentioned it before but it has earned a special spot because everyone there tries so hard to keep their town alive by going out of their way for boaters. Smart I say as it works so well that everyone is staying longer than expected and finding wonderful perks that the town offers. First of all you get two nights free mooring on Long Island when others charge $40 & up a night. Then you get free water taxi service and good places to come ashore for all the things you need withing walking - groceries, restaurants, laundromats, book stores, West Marine, shopping, thrift stores, train that goes to New York's Penn Station with no connections, post office, pet store, library - all wrapped in a safe environment. As an example of business attracting boaters, one restaurant - harbourQ - will give you a free pitcher of beer for a picture of your boat.....a pitcher for a picture!

To resume the chat re the final chapter of our year, we hope to head out later this week to Gardiner's Bay at the end of Long Island and to Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket Islands.

I guess we're still a bit in denial that this will end.......ya' think!?!

Vessel Name: iolite
Vessel Make/Model: 2000 Dixon 44 Hull built by Ian Franklin and finished by McMullen & Wing in Auckland New Zealand
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Crew: Faune Creaser and Alex Astbury
The name "iolite" comes from the Greek word for violet. Iolite is a semi precious stone, purple-ish in colour and it has also been called "water-sapphire" and the "Vikings' Compass", because of its ability to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days. This works by determining the [...]
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We visited the Butterfly Garden which is part of the Natural Museum within the University of Florida (home of the Gators!), in Gainesville. Hundreds of butterflies are housed in a vivarium (huge enclosed space with sun & air moving through special screens & gorgeous gardens with streams/waterfalls flowing through). If you sit still they land on you to rest & make you feel wonderful. Most peaceful experience ever!!
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Created 13 December 2010
With deepest respect to The Deep South that we just love, there are certain features that do create its sugared charm. Here are but a few.
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Created 8 November 2010
Watch as the show sets up and then dismantles. Please open pictures and note comments to follow the set up process.... truly an orchestration!!
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Created 15 October 2010
This was so amazing.....every sense is activated as you travel along....everyone should see NY from the perspective of the water.....take a ferry, tour boat or whatever.....just pick a sunny day
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Created 28 September 2010
I LOVED the bridges......hard to pick a favorite but the Brooklyn Bridge is set as the highlighter
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Created 28 September 2010
Overwhelming immensity of shapes - many you know
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Created 28 September 2010
There are a few notes on some pictures to point out specifics but overall it was the beauty I found in industry or the sense of flow with changing icons
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Created 28 September 2010
Where we stayed for 9 days. Great spot & we'll go back - safe, easy commute to NYC, good people.
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Created 28 September 2010
Sitting pretty at the head of Long Island Sound......a place any real Nova Scotian would love
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Created 20 September 2010
The City that never sleeps....
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Created 20 September 2010
Pictures taken along the Main Street of Provincetown
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Created 11 September 2010
What a great town!! Sistered to Lunenburg....loved it.
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Created 11 September 2010
Pictures taken from Halifax to Lunenburg to Shelburne
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Created 19 June 2010
Trips to Exumas, BVIs, sailing to the Azores & Portugal
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Created 14 June 2010
A history from the original website following her 2000 build completion to current changes
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Created 13 June 2010
To be sailing into wonderful places meeting great people is really what it is all about....
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Created 13 June 2010
Following our purchase of the boat we kept it there for a year and visited it.
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Created 13 June 2010
Mahone Bay, Halifax in Northwest Arm, Deep Cove, Aspotogan
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Created 13 June 2010
This is our first trip on the boat bringing it back home.
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Created 13 June 2010