Sunday, July 22, we pulled into Blue Hills after a very nice but stressful sail down the Eggemoggin Reach. The first half was no sweat as there were very few lobster pots, but the last part was pots all over the place. The wind was between 15 to 20 knots and we were dodging pots for about 2 hours.
Finally got to Blue Hill, Mane where Jane and Alan Birk live. They live in Blue Hill in the summer and next door to us in New London the rest of the year. We took the yacht club tender to the clubhouse and were just sitting around charging up our electrical items when this guy sat down and starting talking to us.
His name is Dr. Jeff Milliken and he is the grandson of the founder of the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club, also know as KYC.Being an avid sailor, he knew we needed two things, a shower and some food. So he invited us over for a lobster feast ( for Joy, chicken for Joe) at his house. I guess he does this all the time because when Karen , his wife, was told, it was like, Business as usual.
So off we went to their house. Besides us, there was Scott, Jeff's brother, Robin, Karen's sister, their son, Noah, his girlfriend Castine, and Rebecca, Castine's friend from Philly. Think I have all the names with correct spelling.
Before dinner, the ladies had a wicked game of croquet fueled by some Cosmos. Joy and Karen were declared co winners as Joy was poison, knocked out Karen but after hitting Karen, Joy's ball rolled through a wicket. If there are any croquet rule judges out there, let me know the proper ruling for this situation.
Had smoke mackerel, some cheeses, lobster, steaks, potatoes and salad. Finished up about 9:30 or so.
We had left the anchor light on for High Spirits along with the steaming light so we were able to find her in the total dark harbor.
This afernoon, Monday, July 23, we are going over to the Birk's house to climb Blue Hill, and then out to dinner and a steel band concert. Will have some pictures later.
ps We stayed the night before Blue Hills, in Bucks Harbor. Joy is writing more as that is where Robert McCloskey, writer of Make Ways for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, and One Morning in Maine lived. Here is a photo of the outdoor showers at the Bucks Harbor Marina