The Second Mouse

Good morning everyone. Greetings from Smith Cove, just across from the lovely town of Castine where stately elms line the streets. Wednesday, Castine was bustling with activity. The schooner Bowdoin just arrived home from a 5,000 mile voyage and a fleet of classic wooden racing yachts were gathered for the race to Camden that happened yesterday. We had a sleepy day yesterday with rain showers off and on during the afternoon and not much shut-eye from having stayed up 'til midnight at the Sweet Chariot Folk Festival which by all accounts was great. We even had the extra bonus of the Sweet Charioteers coming aboard Mary Day Wednesday afternoon and sharing a bonus performance as the Hollywood cameras were rolling. Naps were welcomed whole-heartedly yesterday afternoon. It really was a perfect day in many ways… not too hard on the senses, a light south easterly wind, and gentle sailing down the Eggemmoggin Reach.

In the back of my mind I figured we might get to Buck's Harbor for the night. The showers were just ending around 4 o'clock and several other boats were anchoring up in the east side of the harbor. I took a turn in with anchor ready to drop. Things just felt too tight for me so at the last minute and I decided to head off for parts unknown. It was about that time that the sun brightened the skies and we enjoyed a lovely motor sail around to where we are presently parked for the night. The beautiful part is that Smith Cove is quite empty at a time of summer when I would expect many yachts holed up here. Even Castine is relatively empty today. The yachts are back in full force here on the Maine coast driving some of us crazy. The radio is a constant cacophony of banter representing a wide variety of skill and etiquette. But none of that is here today. Just quiet. Our dear mentor the Major used to say that the lord works in strange and mysterious ways. I have to constantly remind myself of this. My heart sank in Buck's Harbor yesterday only to be filled with joy to have found Smith Cove empty and as lovely as ever. Porpoise have been circling close in around the boat this morning showing us their dorsal fins. We can hear them breathing as the surface, a light fog lying low on the water. It is difficult to remember sometimes that while the early bird may get the worm it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

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