"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain


>> Tuesday, May 22, 2012

We have seen some exotic places that few people will ever see by schooner. Coming from the Caribbean back to the USA has been an interesting transition. From the small tropical islands to the cities and towns we have stopped in along the way, my favorite location has been Maine. Our first stop, or northern-most point of the trip, was just off of Jonesport, at Mistake Island. Even though at high tide we could see a small part of Jonesport, it was peaceful and secluded. All around us were small, spruce tree-covered, rocky islands. It was beautiful in a New England way. When we first arrived at Mistake Island it was foggy (typical Maine weather, even though Captain Smith won’t admit it) and we couldn’t see much of the surroundings at all. By the next morning the fog had lifted, and we saw the scenery. Rocky shores, islands everywhere, and seals sleeping on rocks. We got to explore Mistake Island, finding cool things in the intertidal zones like fish eggs and nudibranchs, and of course crabs and lobsters.
            The next day we spent a few hours alone, spread out on different islands. I was sent to Knight Island, which was the biggest island full of spruce trees. Some other people were on not much more than a rock. John was on a small rocky island not far from the boat, all by himself. While there were other people on Knight Island with me, I heard no one for the two hours I was there. Once our solo time was over, Captain Smith came by on Sherman (our skiff) to pick up the maroons. The next day we left Mistake Island, but I will remember it as my favorite stop on the trip, even after making the icy plunge into the water on the second morning.  I have enjoyed each place we have been, but none as much as Mistake Island.

Zack, Newberyport, MA


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