Monday, August 14, 2017

Dylan and Dee Dee's Ride

Dylan and Dee Dee love dinghy rides. It is the perfect example of both the journey and the destination being the reward. While a dinghy ride means they're going someplace fun - beach for a swim, to shore for a walk, or just a visit on the dock - they also enjoy the wind in their faces, the smells, and the sights on the ride over.

For Mom and Dad, the dinghy is the "car." A dinghy ride is often how they do their shopping, visit nearby friends, and get to where they want to go. It's a critical part of any cruising boat.

The Red Head crew has had several different rides over the years. On aCappella it was the 13 foot Caribe inflatable. She was great. We had hoped to move her to Red Head but she was too big for the well-deck.

So Mom and Dad bought the kids an 11 foot AB inflatable for Red Head. They've certainly put a few miles on her.

But maybe the whole crew's favorite ride is the 13 foot Whaler, Bada Bing, that we used in Castine. She's big, she's comfortable, and it's easy for Dylan and Dee Dee to jump in and out.

When we sold the house, she was turned over to our good friend Larry for care and feeding. He's done a great job. He brought her out to meet us when we arrived back in Castine and left her for our 2 mile ride to and from town.

Truth be told, the kids have loved all their rides over the years, just as long they eventually lead to swimming.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Maine Homecoming

We all have places that just feel like coming home. The Red Head crew finally pulled into Castine where we will be staying for a spell.

It's been two years but the old feelings were there. We watched through the fog for the first glimpses of Dyce Head Lighthouse.

Then the Castine Harbor bell buoy.

Even the State of Maine training vessel which sits beside the town dock.

Good friends Larry and Bill were our escort back to our mooring where we will sit for the next few weeks.

And then they made sure we were safely secured.

On this beautiful Maine day, it's good to be home.