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USA: Dreaming, Cape Cod

July 20, 2011

We started a trip to the East Coast in fine style, sailing with my brother off his home port near Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  The boat, a 30′ Alden Priscilla, is a fine example of why fiberglass never should have been invented.

1) Warm weather at last, on the foredeck of Odyssey

Inevitably I took the helm and relished the feel of the wind on the sails as transmitted through the hull to the tiller.

2) At the helm

With a following wind at 10 knots, what more could I ask for?

The next day we made our way south to Cape Cod, to the town of Harwich.  Some years ago we found a delightful (and inexpensive, relatively speaking) place to stay, the other side of the road from Allen Harbor.

3) The front of our motel, the Harbor Breeze Inn, is an old house

We had come to the Cape to visit my  mom, who lives in Harwich, but we were prepared.  My brother gave us a bottle of exquisite wine, and it held a place of honor on our room’s TV shrine.

4) The shrine and the bottle

Alas, only my wife Diana thought it prudent to drink but that’s ok, I can live vicariously when necessary.

Every day we went to the beach.  Twice we went with my mother.  The first time we parked ourselves at the yacht club, where we saw across the channel the most god-awful plastic contraption, appropriately named Speculator.

5) Speculatively, I’d say the owner is a banker?

Never mind, we hung out in the shade and watched sailboats come in and out of Wychmere Harbor.

6) I’d say this guy was cheating

We returned to the Yacht Club the next evening to see the full moon.

7) Moonrise over the entrance to Saquatucket Harbor

That night even the mosquitoes were respectful.

We also had a picnic at Fort Hill during a blustery day.  We decided to stay in the van to eat.

8) A fresh wind in Eastham

Other days were calm and hot.  The beach at Harwich Port mirrored the heat and the sky.

9) Sailboats frolic

Our connection to this place is a strong, physical thing, a continuing presence in our hearts.

Cape Cod endures as we hope that we shall, too.

10) Wandering back roads at sunset


5 Comments leave one →
  1. William permalink
    June 15, 2012 3:55 pm

    “Speculator” was built by one of the most respected yards in the boatbuilding industry, Merritt’s Boat and Engine Works in Pompano Beach, FL. They are the pinnacle of boatbuilders in the sportfishing industry, and build each boat with cutting edge materials (fiberglass included, along with a whole lot of wood) to an almost impossibly-high level of finish.

    Powerboats or fishing boats may not be your thing; however before referring to a given craft as a “god-awful plastic contraption”, you may want to do some perfunctory research first to figure out exactly what you’re looking at, before passing judgement on it…..

    • June 17, 2012 1:45 pm

      Thanks for your comment. While indeed the boat may be well-built, it’s main function seems to be an affirmation of crass consumerism and to serve as a “look how rich I am” ego boost. A highly polished, wood-trimmed and gilded clorox bottle is still a clorox bottle.

  2. skipper permalink
    August 10, 2011 2:53 am

    kit, look me up next time your in town. skipper

  3. Sharyn permalink
    July 21, 2011 2:03 pm

    I have not experienced much of the Cape, but love the look, thanks for sharing

  4. Bruce permalink
    July 20, 2011 10:55 pm

    So wonderful I can almost smell it.

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