We left Lunenburg, NS unexpectedly last week and headed directly for Southwest Harbor, Maine. What I mean is, we had planned on leaving on Friday (August 25), but the weather forecast for the 32 hour passage changed and when we woke up on Thursday morning, we realized that the best day to leave was Thursday (August 24), so we took the dogs for a last walk in Lunenburg, lifted the dinghy, secured the boat for an offshore passage, and we were up anchor and headed out in to the Atlantic – all within an hour of making the decision to go.
The trip to Maine was perfect with light winds and calm seas. We even had clear, non-foggy skies for almost the entire passage and we arrived in Southwest Harbor just before Sunset on Friday. It was bitter sweet to be back in the US. We really enjoyed our time in Canada and hope to be able to come back next summer to explore the NW coast of Newfoundland and Labrador (perhaps a circumnavigation of Newfoundland???).
We’re getting ready to start a slow migration south to Florida. Our plans are very fluid, but we know we’ll be here until mid-September so that family can come visit, then we hope to spend 4-5 days in Boston to visiting friends in the area. After that we’ll go through the Cape Cod Canal which puts us within striking distance of Nantucket – a bucket list visit for me – and weather permitting and we might make a few other stops in the area (Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, etc.). From there, we’ll look for a weather window to make the 2 day hop down to the Chesapeake Bay, where we plan to spend the balance of October and perhaps some of November. And that’s the furthest out our plans go at this point!