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4 days and 3 nights was enough

So after a 3 hour sail in windy choppy swelly water we have arrived in one of the prestigious sailing ports on this coast.    We passed 2 12 meter yachts as we entered the inner Harbor, and as we walked up the hill to the grocerie store we saw the Church where JFK was married.     They were selling tickets on re-enactment displays and live music to relive the Camelot era event.  Hopefully tomorrow the Small Craft Advisory will be down and we can make the run to Mystic.

Two of the 12 meters that are normally here
One of the best loved America’s Cup 12 Meters, Intrepid

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Church the good & the bad.

On Saturday we walked into Tenants Harbour to look around the little village and to find the Church. We walked in one direction and finally met someone we could ask where exactly the Church was and they seemed a bit vague and unsure but turned us around and off we went. Again we walked a bit and asked another person if we were moving closer to our destination and again they weren’t sure but encouraged us to continue on. About 6 buildings on there was the Church! I found it confusing that people weren’t sure where it was, since the community is no bigger than Norton and the church was on Main Street. Odd…..
So we got up on Sunday morning and walked to Church, I have let Eric decide when we should leave the boat to be on time but he chronically gets us there at least ½ hour before the service begins….. can we say Reverend?? Oh well it gives us a chance to meet the local community and chat a bit. We were engaged in a conversation with a gentleman when this elderly lady walked in and interrupted the conversation to talk with me. When she found out I was Canadian she swiftly went into a rant of how we were no longer allies and glad Trump was throwing tariffs our way. She felt we deserved it because how we unfairly trade and steal from the US. Oh can you guess she LOVES Trump and thinks he is outsmarting everyone! She also had a few choice words regarding Obama. Arghhhhh! I did correct her in that the last I knew we were still Allies with the US and when she had spoke of Obama in less than complimentary words I commented that she was not speaking very Christ-like and then excused myself. I think I will give her the Crusty Award of the week. Oh my, it is so hard for me to keep my mouth shut! I had a chance to exercise grace and self control,(and for me I did a bit 😬) which is not a natural place for me or any us for that matter and I did try to be as gracious and not engage in a heated political conversation before Church started.
Church communities are a pot of individuals in different stages of personal development just like the day to day world but we have different expectations. We expect a little less hate and a lot more love but that isn’t the reality is it. We can choose to be angry, bitter, and ‘crusty’ even when we believe that Jesus is who he says he is. We hold onto hurts and refuse to let go of the past pain because so and so doesn’t deserve our forgiveness and grace. So I guess on this trip there will be lots of opportunities for me to work on being gracious and joyful. I must say, the rest of our visit at Tenants Baptist Church was wonderful with a great sermon and an invite to stay for their annual church picnic. Really it was a great visit with fellow believers along our journey. The sweet pastor is a full time ‘lobsta’ fisherman and a Vietnam Vet who loves the Word of God and the people in his community.

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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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End of Day 2

Heading through the falls at 08:45. Thanks to all the folks that came down to see us off. Thanks too to Sharon and Paul who brought us coffee at 0630 just befor we dropped the mooring line in Renforth
Ross Phinney and David Peer came down through falls with us and took some great pics. No that wasn’t a long selfie stick!

 

Arriving in St Andrews on Saturday. Thanks Scott Langelle for the picture.
At the customs dock in Eastport waiting with Q flag for the clearance.
We were in Eastport just in time for the Annual lobster crate challenge. I shot some video and will try to post it.

Well our journay has begun.   Two days in now we are sitting on a mooring in Eastport Maine.    Tomorrow morning we will head up the back side of Campobello and the turn south again down the Grand Manan channel bound for Roque Island.    There are big rains predicted for Tuesday so we will probably just hang there till it passes.

It was a treat to watch the lobster box run.   This involves about a dozen empties lobster crates that are tied together and then end with an inflatable air mattress.   The object is to run over the top of the boxes and then land on the mattress.   Obviously the crates will not support any amount of weight so you must be flight of foot!   We saw a couple of the under 12 kids make it.

 

 

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