June Pictures






Amy doing the navigation for our trip to Block Island.....Milo asking Amy if she realizes we'll be crossing the New York Shipping Channels at 2:00 am.











 Sunrise after our first night.












The next day's sunrise was different. Block Island, our first glimpse of New England terra firma in a while.
We'd also been away from fog, cold mists, and grey skies. Not sure we missed it that part. 












Channel into the Great Salt Pond.











The start of our car tour and the fog was still with us. Sun playing tricks with the skylights in the fog.











Our first stop on our car tour was the hair salon for Miss Amy....what do you think?











Block Island's Southeast lighthouse has been moved 100 feet back from the cliff.
Must have been quite a job but worth saving such a classic structure..












Lighthouse and fog.













more lighthouse












Short haired version of Amy going down to the beach in the fog.












Block Island has many beautiful fresh water ponds.












 Rodman's hollow is below sea level and it's clay keeps the water out.












Much beautiful grassland













Just looking out at the fog












Another fresh water pond












The lighthouse at the north end of the island. It is not yet threatened by erosion.












 Our walk on the Clay Head preserve took us  by this working farm. The owner like many other Block Island  land owners has deeded the development rights to the island trust. 42% of the island is now safe from development. The 174 acre Clay Head preserve is also safe.  












The Clay Head preserve afforded wonderful views of the sound.
This is the Block Island ferry.












Clay Head reminded me of its neighbor, Gay Head,
on the Vineyard 













More vistas from our walk












No roadtrip is complete without a flower shot.













 Our first view of the Massachusetts coast, the Elizabeth Islands, as we ghosted up Vineyard Sound











On the other side of Vineyard Sound, Gay Head on Martha's Vineyard.












A nice way to arrive in home waters.... 6 knots through the water, wing and wing, in light air with a .6 knot push up Vineyard Sound between Cuttyhunk and Gay Head   











 We've come to really enjoy our whisker pole











After the afternoon crowd left we had Tarpaulin Cove almost all to ourselves












We also had a nice sunset













The next day, one of the strangest sites we saw on the whole trip....the Nuns out for a day of fishing leaving Falmouth Harbor













Our friend Bill Zammer checking out Shango after catching up and having a great lunch at one of his Cape restaurants.












Very happy while the wind cooperated during the first part of our sail from Falmouth to Nantucket.













Entering Nantucket....Tim, is that an Alden 44?












Entering Nantucket. Brant Point Light












Handsome boats all around













Floating on the water like a bird













Jim Bushek....isn't this Mike's sailboat's name?













 Another beauty













The beachcomber exploring downtown Nantucket













Nantucket downtown












A Methodist church built around 1760













A reminder of our recent French trip to the region of the same name













 These 3 brick homes are viewed as the most reminiscent of Nantucket's former whaling glory












 The scene directly to the left of the above 3 homes. A very lovely setting.













Head of the Harbor












An interesting house on our way to the beach.













 Our walk along the beach













Only in America. ( The dog that is.)













A beach house being moved back from its eroding shore













Shango all by herself at anchor across from downtown Nantucket












Our view of downtown.













Next stop, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard. Another handsome boat and  lighthouse.












The famous On Time car ferry from Edgartown to Chappaquidick













 Downtown Edgartown













No home should be without one













Again, only in America. The quaint Vineyard home of auto dealer car Ernie Boch.













Edgartown's downtown













 Amy couldn't resist sampling one of Jim Bushek's favorite varieties of wine












Milo and Roger reading about the Battle of the North Atlantic during WWII.
Two facts amazed me. First, 60,000 American and British sailors perished  and second, nearly 8 out of 10 German U Boat submariners never returned home. I had no appreciation for the scale of the tragedy.










Our final island stop, Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard












Vineyard Haven has it's share of beautiful homes as well












Our welcoming committee to the Cape Cod Canal













Mass Maritime Academy













The weather did not cooperate for our visit to Provincetown















 Amy looking at the Thatcher Island light houses as we get ready to round Cape Ann (Gloucester/Rockport, MA) before our final 12 mile stretch to Newburyport, MA















 It's absolutely amazing how often the rounding of Cape Ann results in dramatic weather changes. Our last leg of our trip home was no exception.















Despite the weather change, we arrive safely at the  the mid channel buoy for the entrance to Newburyport Harbor.
















A familiar view, looking back to the clubhouse and the dock from our mooring at the American Yacht Club. It's been almost 9 months to the day of our departure.


















We like to  imagine that Milo senses that he's home
as well. If he does sense that he's home, you can bet  he's a lot happier to be home than we are!!!
















We spend the night on the mooring and awake to a beautiful morning. Although our house is only a 3 block walk to the left, it still feels like a long, long, way away.








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