Hardship and Deprivation

Good morning everyone. Al and I were talking back by the wheel yesterday about the hardship and deprivation associated with a windjammer vacation. I think it takes a very special person to endure the kind of treatment one is subjected to out here. Yesterday morning the captain did not let us get ashore. Instead we had to go sailing under the majestic 600 foot cliffs of Somes Sound, the only fjord on the East coast of the US. The captain is a little bit of a whacko. He enjoyed sailing right up to the edge of the cliffs and marveling at how deep the water remained. I guess that is one good thing about a fjord. We did not know which way to turn our heads for all the natural beauty around us and many had stiff necks from looking up. I wish they would get some new birds up here. All we ever see are bald eagles.

Then the “old man” made us haul the yawl boat and sail out into the open ocean. He had all the sails set once again and the westerly breeze took us quickly offshore to see the Great Duck Light. Even the loom of Mt Desert Rock was seen by the time we tacked back in shore. I don’t know what the hurry was but we were going 9 knots the whole way. I wish they would do something about this sun. I am going to run out of sunblock soon. Poor Al had to hide under his shirt in the rocking chair for any relief. He looked like camel rider from the Sahara and claims to have learned the trick from a dear friend back home who knows about these things. My hair was a mess by the end of a day of sitting out in all that wind. I don’t mean to whine but the Captain is a lazy man. He makes his guests steer the boat.

Last evening was the final straw. The “whacko” at the wheel parked us off this beach out in the middle of nowhere and forced us to sit on the beach and eat lobster. The cook had to walk around and force the last few lobsters upon us. Aren’t there laws about this kind of treatment. No malls, no stores, no nothing. The sunset made the rocky hills of Mt Dessert all golden colored. Of course, Cap had to park that darned schooner in the foreground spoiling the picture. Several folks went swimming and claimed that the water was really warm. You can’t fool me. Finally, the crew rowed us back and we got rid of the last of the cookies. Those things are dangerously addictive. I don’t know if we will ever be the same after a week of this hardship and deprivation. Ed, Al may be a little fragile when he gets back to the office so just humor him with the thousands of pictures he is taking with his new camera.

Have a great day! Be well. Do Good.


  1. I must be a masochist for I am desparately hoping to be added to the 15 September passenger list (we ar eon the waiting list) and to suffer the misery and deprevation doled out by the “wacko” captain. I can imagine he has enough lobster to make my husband suffer or enough sea and Mother nature to adequately torture me. We’ll see.

  2. Elizabeth, I hope you get your wish. I’ve been suffering this hardship and deprivation yearly since 2002, and I can’t wait for September to get here so that I be tortured again. 😉

  3. I have been suffering the hardship and deprivations of vacationing on the Gulf of Mexico in a little place called Fort Morgan on the coast of Alabama. My mornings start with several hours fishing from the beach. Yesterday I caught 4 sharks, one catfish and one lady fish. All were released without prejudice. Today it was 6 lady fish and one shark again all released. But when I reel in my line I never know what will be on the hook. Early this week I pulled in a porcupine fish.

    No bald eagles but plenty of pelicans, gulls, egrets, terns, and Black skimmers.

    Next week will be re-compressing and pre-decompressing as Al returns from the wilds of Maine and I get ready to undergo the deprivations imposed by the wacko schooner captain.

  4. Maybe by September I’ll have developed the habit of checking my posts for misspellings before publishing! I am so looking forward to our trip – even if we don’t make the passenger list (but we shall, of course!) – I’ll climb Mt. Battie and watch the Mary Day set sail without me! We presently live on the Gulf Coast and, like Ed, I appreciate the herons, cranes, egrets and alligators in my back yard – but any hardships or deprivations we can experience with escapes to our future home (Maine!) are wonderously anticipated!

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