Breaking Patterns

maine windjammer, windjammer cruises, schooner Mary DayGood morning everyone. It is easy to get into routine patterns with any job even when one drives a schooner to work. Not that all patterns are necessarily bad as you can see in this beautiful piece of driftwood. But there is nothing I enjoy more than trying to see each trip as a new adventure…which, by the way, it is. You would think that after 30 years of poking around the coast I would have seen most everything. Not yet! Breaking patterns is not always easy or even intentional but as these few photos may suggest it is well worth the effort.

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As you can see, even patterns in the rocks sometime experience abrupt changes.

We discovered yet another very cool beach for a lobster picnic at an island I have been to many times. I don’t know why I never saw this beach before.It was like I saw this little hole in the wall cove for the first time. Of course the wind was from a direction I had never experienced at this particular island which makes everything look completely different. I have bushwhacked across

maine windjammer at anchor, maine schooner, schooner Mary Day, schooner cruises, windjammer cruisesthis island on a few occasions and to find a trail through the woods I never knew existed was a huge surprise and quite the bonus. Will wonders never cease!

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.



  1. It’s so easy in our everyday busy lives to overlook the little things that truly make life so amazing. The dew on a blade of grass, the honey bee working hard to collect all the pollen on a flower. Yet, these are the simple things that make our lives full. As Thoreau said, “simplify, simplify.” As you are out on the water, on that beautiful ship revel in the small simple things.
    Miss you Captain Barry

  2. I loved these pictures. I need to tell you that you folks truly stopped time for me while aboard the Mary Day. And in reference to changing patterns I left there believing that crewing on a boat like that would be a great way for a disorganized sort like me to change some ineffective habits. I think you should start up another boat with longer trips to do just that. How about a Peaceful Navy? Thank you all for such a great trip!

  3. Beautiful patterns, structure of the universe shown in something so trivial that if you’re preoccupied with something else, you would just pass by.

    But then again, breaking a pattern is a pattern of its own, right?

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