Monday, July 23, 2012

Pointy end still North

We left Newport, after exploring another great New England city, and spending time with family. It was wonderful to see them all again.
Because we needed to stage for the Cape Cod Canal tides, we stopped on the West side of the canal, and anchored for the night. We left at first light (first light is at 05:30 up here) and made our way through the canal. What a ride! The tide runs at  five to six knots, and they only give you two and one half hours to go through. There is a speed limit of 10 MPH in the canal, but going with the tide, I don't know how we could go that slow without taking September Song out of gear. At a little over idle, we were making eleven to twelve knots through the canal, and we made it in 45 minutes.
After our quick trip through the Canal, and a beautiful trip up Cape Cod Bay, we moored in the harbor at Scituate, MA. We got in early enough to catch the launch, and do a little exploring. It's another neat little New England town, with lots of charm, and great lobster rolls. (haven't had my fill of lobster yet!) We had planned on spending the next day in town, but thunder storms rolled through, (they need the rain, so we can't complain) so we spent a relaxing day on the boat.
The next morning was cool, calm, and clear for our trip to Portsmouth, where we hooked up with our good friends Phred and Candy from the Keys. First stop, Phred and Candy's favorite Lobster pound. What a fun place, with delicious seafood! Steamers, mussels, and lobster. I had two. (so many lobsters, and so little time!) After all that Seafood, it was time for them to show us their favorite ice cream place. We know why these places are their favorites. Our second day, Phred and Candy came into town, we did some exploring, had dinner with them, (a break from seafood. We had pizza) and said our goodbyes, and promised to let them know when we will be headed South. We were going to spend one more day there, but the winds were going to pick up on Sunday, and we had a six hour trip out on the Atlantic to Portland, so we left Saturday morning to a clear, calm day. (We like calm!)
We are at a marina here in Portland for a week, and we have wheels. (thanks Henri) Stephanie lived here for many years, so there is going to be a lot of exploring and reminiscing. OH, and maybe a lobster or few. Already had my first here last night.

September Song (we're in Maine) out

On our way to Portsmouth, we had six foot rollers. Not a bad day, but just a little rolly.

Beautiful sailing ships up here.

A visitor, taking a rest on our bow. "You can rest little one, but don't poop on our deck"
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