While old friends and relatives have added joy and perspective to our East Coast travels, new friends and their kindnesses have contributed renewed energy to our journey. Bill Rand in Gloucester shared the waterfront that he has loved since childhood and in so doing breathed fresh wind into Elizabeth Jean‘s sails. Mason and Catharine Newick opened their York home and feted us with our first soft shell lobster and hot showers (not necessarily in that order). Andy Williams and Courtney DiBlasio toasted our arrival in Stonington Connecticut after securing a mooring ball close to the dock as we waited and watched Hurricane Matthew churn its way north. Scott and Kitty Tamure hailed us as we headed to anchor north of Hell Gate. Their tales of their two circumnavigations replenished our psychic cruising kitty. For future tales of newfound friends watch for the upcoming post “Paying it forward on the ICW.”
Vice Commodore Rand shared a morning with us in Gloucester.
Andy and Courtney squeezed in a round of cheer with us on our Stonington arrival. Andy also picked the brains of his cruising community for Long Island Sound hurricane holes as we headed south at the same time hurricane Matthew was heading north.
Catharine Newick in her York, Maine Kitchen with her nephew and our Seattle friend, Dave Carlson.
Our first Maine lobster of the summer, particularly succulent because they are “soft shells.”
Tamure’s invitation for cocktails was the first time since Florida, months before, that a sailing vessel with which we were sharing an anchorage asked us to swap cruising stories. Their hospitality reminded us that plenty of adventure still lies ahead.