Trip Start Jun 22, 2007
Trip End Sep 25, 2007

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

We left Rockport about 0900 under perfect conditions.  Seeing this unusual town from the water in the morning light was an additional treat.  There had only been a half dozen boats in the anchorage and in looking back we could see them disappear as we motored past the city back high on the cliff.  It was a nice sight and one we hope to see again as we liked this place.  We wished we had more time to perhaps get a tour of the place to better understand the history.  While were were only there for a short time, I would say it was one of the better new england stops.

It was going to be a 50 mile run across to P-town.  The day seemed perfect and it was.  We hardly saw a cloud and with only light winds.  Lobster traps, the nemesis of our travels in Maine were few and could set the autopilot and relax.  It was a great day on the water.

This was a pretty long, offshore trip.   We were 35 miles off shore...long past sight of land.  Some feel this is cause for concern, but it is indeed a beautiful sight to see the sharp line of the horizon all around you.  By 2pm we could begin to see a faint outline of the lighthouse at cape code begin to take shape. 

We were just beginning to see Cape Cod when it happened.  Whales!   Not one or two but three or four hump back wails blow hard within a mile of First Forty.  Soon we could see a "thar she blows" every minute or two.  We turn the boat to head to pod.  We get closer and we begin to see these 50,000 pound monsters rise and then dive deep with their small dorsal fin pass over the surface.   This was an amazing sight and then more.... a breech...the whale jumps hight out of the water a half mile from the boat.  then another...then another.  We see at lease six breeches in the course of a half hour.  We are fortunate enough to see several other hump backs come fairly close to the boat...rise and then dive....tails high.   We had seen a little of this in Alaska several years ago but seeing it in your own boat is a kick.

By 330 we are approaching the breakwater near Province town.  The first thing you see is a high stone towner rising from the center of town.  To me, it looks a bit like a masque but it clearly isn't.  This is the monument to a landing by the Pilgrims landing in 1620.  I had always thought that the pilgrims landed in Plymouth Mass, but it seems the landed first here in P-town. 

So we pick up our mooring ball in flawless fashion and we are ready to go to town by 430.  We get in and find what we had expected- a new england "Key West".  P-town is full of art galleries, all kinds of restaurants and quaint buildings going back two hundred years or more.  Like Key West it is very remote and like Key West there is a significant amount of gay and lesbian residents and visitors.  Its definitely a place to watch people as there are really some strange agents here.  Its all in good fun and Sue and I enjoy watching the parade.  Its easy to see drag queens pitching shows and even a ground of very good looking guys in loin cloths pithing their show "Naked Boys Singing"....playing at the local cabaret. 
We have a great meal at one of the many restaurants.  It was a terrific day.
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