Day 04 - To Maine

Trip Start Jun 26, 2008
Trip End Jul 14, 2008

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

We woke up this morning without any overnight experiences! I slept on the side closest to where the murder occurred and it never bothered me.  At breakfast, we talked about the couple that left.  We were all cracking jokes.  The other couple wanted to have something happen so they could tell the stories to their friends, so did we, however, no paranormal activity occurred.

Our breakfast was to be the same as the Bordens had on the day they died.  It was Johnny cakes and three day old mutton.  The Johnny cakes were very thick and dry pancakes.  Thank God that they substituted bacon and eggs for the mutton!  When were finished, the owner came in and told us her stories.

Today was our anniversary.  I kept telling myself last week that I was not going to leave Kim's gift in my office.  Sure enough, I forgot it.  I am very grateful to Q who found the gift and FedExed it to the Lizzie Borden house just in time for me to give it to Kim.  It was another pearl necklace.  For some reason, I love to give these to Kim.  I had the owner put it around my neck and waited for Kim to see it.  It didn’t take long.

Once we packed up the Escape and headed for our next destination.  We arrived at Hammond Castle, close to Gloucester MA.  Hammond has the most patents and inventions, next to Edison.  He used his wealth to build a castle to house the many works of European art he had collected over the years. I had been there before, but I wanted to show Kim.  When I went before, you were on a programmed tour.  Now you can explore on your own.  More rooms are open than when I was there before.  The great room was very beautiful.  The guest bedrooms were also beautiful. 

We went into Gloucester to get lunch.  I had wanted another bowl of lobster bisque.  When we got into town, the traffic was bad.  As we went through the center of town, it was obvious that some sort of festival was going on.  We could see signs of a parade about to start.  Kim wanted to shop before ate and we walked the downtown area.  We went to two places before gave in and ordered a quesadilla.  I cannot believe we were in Gloucester and could not find lobster bisque.  Before our food came, the parade started.  I speculated that it was a 29th of June party, but Kim said that didn’t make sense.  The second float was a religious statue.   It didn’t sink in that this was a religious celebration until the other religious statues went by.  We never figured out what celebration was about.

We were in a race to get to the big LL Bean store before it closed.  I had forgotten to pack a jacket, so I had to shop for one.  Once Kim saw all of the other outlet stores, she disappeared.  I wish I could have taken her VISA card before she ran off.

On the way to the ship, we stopped in Wiscasset, ME to eat at Red’s Eats.  The lobster rolls are supposed to be the best in Maine.  I made a wrong turn and Garmie flipped out.  I thought I had broken her.  She kept saying over and over, "Make a U-turn now, Make a U-turn now …"  I was scared for Garmie, but she recovered when I finally made a U-turn.

Red’s Eats is a shack at an intersection of two streets.  There was a short line and we decided to stay.  The lobster roll was good.  How could anyone mess up lobster meat in a bun.

We finally made it to the ship in Rockland, ME.  We had a lot of baggage to carry to the ship.  Our room was much smaller than we had anticipated.  Kim and I cannot stand in the room together.  We have a sink and a bed.  There is storage below the bed and some hooks around the door.  We only have electricity after 9:00 pm.  It lasts until 7:00 am.  There are no 110 volt outlets.  We have a 12 volt cigarette lighter outlet in the room.  We are only to use it for charging batteries.  I may have to use it to power this computer.  It took some work, but I managed to get everything stored.

Our ship was the American Eagle.  She is a two mast schooner that is 92 feet in length.  She was built with a motor, so when the wind is low, we can still get underway.  She was built in 1930 and was the last fishing vessel to be constructed in Gloucester, MA.  She was originally called the Andrew and Rosalie.  Her name was changed to the American Eagle in 1941.  She was originally a fishing vessel that worked up until 1983.  Captain Foss and his crew worked for three years to get her seaworthy.  Her crew consisted of a first mate, Eric, a second mate, Adam, and an apprentice, Logan.  Heather helped **** the crew and in the Kitchen.  Donna was the cook.

I was glad to see that two of the passengers had their cameras out and were taking pictures of the evening gathering.  I knew then that I wouldn’t look like a geek taking a thousand pictures during the cruise. (Jon thinks this will make him appear normal, but it is my feeling now I’m stuck on a ship with three camera geeks)

We went topside to meet the other guests on our trip.  It turns out that half of the guests have been here for this cruise many times.  One passenger has been on this cruise for the last seventeen years.  This cruise includes the Great Schooner Race.  The entire fleet of local, and even some out of town, schooners participate.

As we talked to the regulars, there was much speculation on when we would race and what would happen during the trip.  All kinds of things were thrown out, but there was no plan.  They say that is common.  It all depends on the weather.  We were told many times that no matter the weather, this will be a great experience.  There must be something to that or these regulars would not keep returning.
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