Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 9, 2014 Season 8 Begins
Leaving Maine and Heading South
Find pictures posted in the blue box down and to the right of this blog entry.
We have had two great weeks here in Maine.  Our last week has been spent with Rob Anderson at his hide away on Hupper Island off Port Clyde.  We last saw Rob in Mexico, 2008.  What a perfect host.  He took us to three nearby towns, shopping and even let us do wash. We had great dinners, many happy hours, and drop dead gorgeous mornings looking out his windows onto the channel and out to sea from the bedroom windows.  Some days we were glad to be under his roof and not bouncing on the boat as the weather turned lumpy on us.  One day we hiked the island and Rob filled us in on the history and families that have been here for more than 5 generations in some cases.  It is a slice of serenity and even looks great blanketed in snow...we only saw pictures of that.
Tomorrow we drop the mooring ball line and head out to start another season of cruising.  Our calendar start is not pinned to a date but rather to when our migration south to warmth and sunny spots begins.  Our plans are to avoid Atlantic storms and uncomfortable weather. Our heading will be for Bermuda if the weather window is short or head for The U.S. Virgin Islands if all looks safe.
Last weekend we rented a car for 3 days, drove almost 600 miles and saw what Maine is famous for:  beautiful small seaside towns, great food, trees shedding their green coats for colorful Fall colors, a shoreline that reminds one of Washington, the San Juans, Desolation Sound, and Vancouver Island, B.C., and last but not least the friendly people. Keep us in your thoughts and pray for us to have reasonable seas and winds that help us glide and fly (not jet us) southward.

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