12 Metre Majesty
Hoping everyone on the east coast stays safe from Hurricane Irene. This was taken on a better day watching the 12 metre boats -- an awe inspiring sight. Amazed that I took this with my iPhone - better quality than I expected. Of course, what kind of photographer leaves her camera in the hotel room when wandering around the waterfront in Newport, RI? 2nd boat over, the Columbia, won the America's Cup in 1958.
Of course the photo doesn't really do it justice but the pinks reflected in the lake were pretty too. The storms missed us as they skirted the north edge of the lake and moved to the east. Cool!
David drags me across the yard after dinner to see this "spider" that he found. A black and yellow garden spider, female, considered harmless, despite their large size and ominous appearance. They have a peculiar habit ... they can oscillate the web wherever they are with large gyrations ... we thought the wind was blowing her until I read that as a defense mechanism, they swing the web back and forth several inches when disturbed. Apparently taking her photo disturbed her ... so sorry! I HATE spiders! What was David THINKING???
Reasons To Be Commuter Cruisers!
On the return trip from our regatta/national park east coast explorations, we stopped to babysit for grandson Rowan while Dad was in a wedding. What fun! Tonight we just got back to the lake and now we're looking forward to seeing Gilly this week!
One of the most beautiful sights I've seen while just randomly driving along a road to reach the place we were staying!
Bubble Rock, Acadia National Park
Bubble Rock perches seemingly precariously on the side of South Bubble Mountain by a retreating glacier forever ago and it still balances looking like the slightest shove will send it tumbling. But David gave it his best shot and assures me it's not going anywhere!
Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA
Who knew there were gorgeous sand dunes and lighthouses in Erie, PA! If you're in the area be sure to spend a bit of time in the Presque Isle State Park - it ranks right up there with my favorite parks anywhere! I just wish we had more time .... too much to do, too little time.
Our first hike today, Little Long Pond, Acadia National Park. Beautiful reflections of nice scenery, complimented by all the lily pads in the water.
Luckily today we had planned on exploring the Schoodic Peninsula, a part of Acadia National Park seldom visited on the mainland. The views across at Mt Desert Island and Cadillac Mountain were spectacular. Unfortunately it's another one of those instances when the photo doesn't do it justice - it's a constantly moving, constantly changing view! One minute you can't see a thing, the next minute the sun is shining brightly! The fog horns sounding and the bell buoys ringing rounded out the symphony! Oh speaking of symphony, there was some guy sitting on a boulder playing his french horn at full blast -- all alone in the middle of nowhere. Different!
We took a whale watching expedition out to the "Ball Park" offshore Bar Harbor Maine and saw several humpback whales! Since the only whales David or I had seen before today were pilot whales in the Sea of Cortez, we were amazed! Great day!