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Why Maine?

Good morning everyone. Another balmy day in the state of Maine. I am not a huge fan of these thaws. I was just saying to Alex yesterday that if we are going to have winter then let’s have winter. Let it snow. Keep the temperatures down in the teens, above or below zero, doesn’t much matter. Now I know all this brave talk sounds a little crazy to folks from warmer climates but I do like the cold and this is Maine after all. Just last week we had sea smoke rising from the bay and this week we have humid air turning to fog over snow covered fields just like it does over the cold ocean water during the summer.

Any of you who have watched the comments on this blog have undoubtedly seen comments from Ed and Al. Now you need to understand that Ed and Al keep the lights on in most of Alabama so what they are doing reading this blog is concerning on many levels. Why they would let these fellas out of the state is also beyond me but Ed was recently in Florida for a “conference” and here is what he wrote:

“Sandestin is a resort located on the Gulf along the Florida panhandle. We had a good time being with friends and colleagues we don’t often see. The presentations were of some interest and were kept short enough to limit the boredom. I even spent yesterday afternoon out on the Gulf on a charter fishing boat. The weather was great, cool and clear, the water was calm. No wind to speak of so probably a good day to be on a power boat. The fishing wasn’t great but any day on the water is better than playing golf (the other “activity” choice). Along with me on the boat were four others from the conference. My best guess is that each of them is slightly more than half my age.

While we were cruising out into the Gulf one of them asked me about my stylish tee-shirt. I explained that it is a limited edition shirt specially designed by Jen Martin for the 2007 sailing season aboard the Mary Day. Inevitably, I was asked about the Mary Day. After four trips aboard and being asked about the trips more times than I can remember, I’ve got my Mary Day spiel down pat and I spouted out some of the vital statistics like length, beam, gross tonnage, sail area, etc. I always point out that the schooner has no engine and then have to explain about Arno. These are engineers, after all, and are more impressed by the numbers than anything else. I know how to answer the questions, “What do you eat?”, “What do you do?”, “Do you have to work on board?”, and my favorite, “Where do you go?” But then a new one was thrown at me, “Why Maine?” “Why Maine?” I responded in my usual snappy comeback. “Yeah, why not the Caribbean?” suggested my young friend.

I told them, that for me, Maine is a source of serenity, beauty and magnificence. Maine’s summer can be enjoyed without Southern necessities like air conditioning. It’s a place I can go and spend my entire waking day outside and feel alive, rejuvenated and refreshed not worn out, dirty and bedraggled. I’ve never slept better than after a glorious day out of doors in Maine. The summer sky in Maine is a different blue and has whiter clouds than in the South. The quality of the daylight is special and paints the landscape with the vibrant colors of the trees and wildflowers.

No experience on the water can surpass the magnificence of being on the deck of the Mary Day her sails filled, the wind pulling her through the swell on Penobscot bay. I find joy on board in simple things like helping to tack the ship and doing my small part handsomely. My spirit is lifted by the sight and sounds of eagles, loons, dolphins, seals, and wildlife I can’t name. Each trip I hone my novice sailing skills. I learn from every member of the crew. It is wonderful to me that a young teen aged girl (Jenny) can teach me how to make a baggy wrinkle.

Every morning I’m up with the dawn anxious for another day’s adventure. Not wanting to miss a minute of the experience I stay on deck throughout the day whatever the weather. It’s all part of sailing.

So, “Why Maine?” Because that’s where the Mary Day is.”

Thanks Ed. Have a great day. Be well. Do good. Ed and Al, keep those Alabama lights burning bright.

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