August 19 The parents left mid morning and our friends Rick and Julie Palm arrived in mid afternoon. We were all headed for an Ocean Cruising Club weekend rally in Maple Juice Cove on the St. George’s River west around the corner from Penobscot Bay. All was fine till the fog rolled in and we had to slow down to dodge lobster pots all the way up the river to the cove. After arriving safely and anchoring, we had dinner and played Mexican Train dominos.
August 20 It was sunny but breezy. Rickkand Julie lived nearby and had left their car at a friend’s house so they took us to Camden for lunch at their informal yacht club. We sat outside in the warm sun with a great view of all the activity in the harbor. Then we went to the market for a few thinga and to see their home. Then it was time to get back to the boat to get ready for the cocktail hour. Three sailboats rafted together in our harbor and everyone descended to their decks with drinks and hors. It was hard moving about but we did manage to visit with many of our friends. We invited two of them to join our happy band on Windermere for dinner.
August 21 It was sunny and less windy and the morning started slowly as Saturday mornings should start. Late morning, we went to the hosting home on shore and helped set the luncheon up for the rally of now 150 people. It was fun being able to talk to old and new friends and move about freely on the lawn. Later, Julie and I had fun making crab cakes for dinner and we all played dominos.
August 22 Rick and Julie left to go home and we headed for Pulpit Harbor on North Haven Island because a storm was heading our direction. Two other friends boats, Chessy and Annie B, joined us in the harbor and later came over for a long cocktail “hour”.
August 23 The sky was just a bit gray but no rain yet so we all walked into the little grocery store on island and picked wildflowers on the way home. Later in the afternoon, between sprinkles, the gang arrived with pot luck dinner and we played dominos for the rest of the evening. It was fun getting a chance to know these sailors better. We had always seen them in a crowd.
August 24 Sunny but windy so we moved up the bay a bit to Islesboro to a protected anchoraged for the next storm. We anchored off of a friend’s house and called them with the cell phone. They wanted to see the boat so we oblidged and they then took us to lunch at their yacht club. Once again, we got to really talk to people we usually saw briefly in a group and get to know them better. Back on the boat, we played cards (I am loosing terribly), had dinner and watched a movie in bed.