“Taken with an iPhone 5s”

5 am in Cuttyhunk
5 am in Cuttyhunk

Yep, this was “Taken with an iPhone 5s”, no edits, really!

Last night we anchored in the outermost island of the Elizabeth Island chain just south of Buzzard’s Bay in Massachusetts.  It has a natural harbor that protects you from almost all sides.  We were told by a friend that on weekends a fishing boat will motor up to anchored boats and sell seafood (clams, lobster, etc.) from their fishing boat. That would have been a sight to see.  Too bad we were there for only one night and it was a Tuesday.

This is my favorite photo so far on this trip.  I happened to get up just as the sun was rising.  Popped my head up through the companionway.  It was a crisp, cool morning; the overnight dew coated the deck. So peaceful, not even the occasional buoy bell was ringing.  I tiptoed up onto the deck and turned around and saw the reflection of the sky on the water.  The water was so calm, it was like a mirror.  I love these moments, watching the sun rise, hearing the birds singing the world slowly awake.

 

Log Book Day

Denali National Park from above
Denali National Park from above

Today was “Log Book Day” for Tortuga.  Janet and I formatted and printed the plethora of pages that are needed in the Ship’s Log.  We have places to enter passage planning, engineering information, required parts, to-do lists, as well as the ship’s insurance papers, FCC paperwork, etc.  Many countries use electronic logs, but the United States Coast Guard still requires written logs on all U.S. flagged vessels. To be honest, it feels more in-line with maritime tradition to hand-write logs.