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Reset!!!!!

My sister emailed me this morning to say we have been a bit quiet on the social media front! We agree! I will try to give you a quick update.  Thursday we beat Hurricane Michael to Easton Maryland by hours. Thanks to Melinda Finlay who found us not just any place to anchor our boat but at a private home!  We arrived in Easton and was welcomed to the home of Paul and Faith Carroll’s and they allowed us to moor our boat there for 4 days while we had a rest from boating, or may I say while I had a rest from boating. Poor Eric worked on the boat 2 of the 4 days we were in Easton.

I had to do some modification to the tensioning arm to make it fit.

 

 

New (proper) alternator installed. The old one did not fit and are belts every 50 hours or so. I had bought this one in Saint John but did not get the pulley until Staten Island.
Fan installed for warmer climate. Have not used it yet!

 

The days were definitely filled, Friday and Monday we went into Washington DC and spent some time in two of the Smithsonian Museums. One was the National Air and Space Museum and the other was the American History Museum. We really only got to see about ⅓ of the Museum after a full day. There was so many displays and so much information we left with our brains suffering from information overload. 😬We also walked up to the Lincoln Memorial and around  the National Mall getting the classic pictures in front of the Washington Monument.  That took 2 days and obviously we could have spent a week and not put a dent in the many things to see.

Saturday we did errands or necessary jobs that needed to be done. I got my hair cut (I told you Eric would NOT be cutting my hair) and glasses fixed and then got to Walmart to pick up a few things we needed there. None of this would have been possible but the Finlays lent us their van so we were able to get to places further than we could have been able to if we were walking.

Sunday we went to the First Wesleyan Church in Easton Maryland. We were given the warmest welcome, worshipped and received a great message to fuel us up spiritually for the week. Our hearts are overflowing with thanks, for 4 days we had no worries about the boat and for us we just relaxed and felt like a healthy reset happened for both of us.

Eric and I both felt that wherever we went on our 4 day hiatus the kindness and how quick everyone was to help us out was humbling and so heart warming. We want to thank Paul and Faith for allowing us to moor at their house, leaving Tevah there took all the stress off knowing she was safe and looked after. To Dave, Melinda, Juliana, Ty and Ethan a big thank you for your hospitality and making us feel right at home. Maybe we’ll see you on our way back!

 

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Here for a while

Here is a screen shot of the current weather. All the pink is weather warning zones. This runs into tomorrow sometime. I’m really not interested in going out in that!   We are located near Newport RI
Since we have arrived here just over 24 hours ago, there have been people fishing on this breakwater. I’ve seen them land a few fish too. Right now it is raining heavy and blowing about twenty knots. They are still fishing!
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Who are the people in your neighbourhood

A couple years ago I read a book called “Sailing away from winter” by Silver Donald Cameron.   This is essentially what we are doing.   I do remember as he went through Maine he remarked about several different kinds of people he came accross.  The one that caught my attention was “the Maine Automatic talker”.  While I have not met one of these yet, we did meet some interesting people today as we traveled via two busses from Northeast Harbor to Bar Harbor and then to Ellsworth and back.  All of this to get a SIM card so I could write this blog post.

Here are 6 amazing people that helped us today.  We applaud their hospitality and dedication to service.

Bar Tender at the Cherry Stone

Several years ago while camping at Hadley point in Bar Harbor we came into town and went to this place for lunch.   We had fun shopping and seeing the sights in BH.   As we got off the bus today I gravitated to this place and spied the bar tender getting the area ready for opening.   I asked him about electronics stores…nope.   Cell phone stores…nope   Hardware stores.. ah yes there was one of those.   He also gave the information about the possibility of a bus to Ellsworth but was unsure if one actually existed.   It seemed to be in the realm of a fantasy ferry tale but did direct us to the green bus building that held all the knowledge about local transportation.

the Gal at the True Value

We did a bit of a walk about and finally stumbled on the True Value store and found a clerk that lead us to the bundle buggie section of the store.   We were blessed by her offer to assemble the beast so we could wheel it out of the store.   Val commented that she was stunningly beautiful as well.

The bus office gal

Still unsure about how we would actually get to Ellsworth to get the magic “SIM” card we went to the green building on the village green in BAAAAA HAAAABAAAA   We met a woman who amazed us with her helpfulness and hospitality.    She dug out a schedule and then said that we should go for a walk because there were no actual signs but if she showed us where to stand (in the shade) the buss would stop and take us to Ellsworth.   She walked us accross the “green” and showed us the spot of dirt to stand on.    We were early so went on a bit of a walk about and then returned.

Bus driver 1 Norma

Norma showed up at exactly 1:04 and welcomed us aboard her bus to Ellsworth.  We stuffed 12 dollars into the receptical but were offered no reciept or proof of purchase.  When we inquired about the return fair she said that we just needed to tell Jeanne that we already paid Norma and that it was OK!    She dropped us off on the highway at “not a stop” between Remys and LLBean.    Val went to LLBean and I proceeded to our main reason to be in Ellsworth, to purchase a SIM card that might actually have coverage.

The Verizon guy Ivan

So I met Ivan.  He is from Peru and also a church planter… who is working at Verizon until the church is properly planted in Belfast.   I had to walk across the street to the Bangor Saving Bank to extract some actual cash because when you buy one of these pre paid SIMs you have to pay in Cash for some reason!!!!!   The good news is that for $75 a month you have unlimited data!!!!!!!

Bus driver 2 Jeanne

After we shopped at Shaws for a while and filled our bundle buggy Jeanee showed up right on time to pick us up.   She asked.. “did you pay?”  We replayed that we were told by Norma to tell her that we did.   We roared off to TJ Maxes were she was expecting to pick up two young boys… they were not there and after Jeannne had counted down the seconds according to her cell phone she tore out of the parking lot toward the Walmart.    Only moments later she got a call from the dispatcher saying that he had just got a call form someone who said they were waiting at Shaws and that she went right on by.    We had been at shaws so she wheeled around and asked us if indeed she stopped at Shaw’s and picked us up!!! We agreed that she did stop at Shaw’s and she thanked us.    By this time we were passing a pizza joint and after she paused for oncomming traffic she said something like “hang on I’m going for it” and spun the bus around in a 180 and proceeded to return to the Shaws…… where ther was no one waiting!     After calling dispatch again and talking back and forth about the possibility of some people that may or may not be waiting for a bus, we heard someone else break in on the radio (Norma) asking if they had picked up a man with a white beard and a woman with purple hair or not.     It took a moment for us to realize that she was talking about us!   Suddenly ther were two young men running toward us from the TJ Max.   At last the missing riders!   Off we went direct to the Walmart and then to BAAAA Haaaa BAAAA!

All in all it was a great day.

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