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In Florida Aboard Mary T

From afar, I saw my friend Angie as tough, responsible, capable, and knowledgable. I’ve only known her online, and so I also saw her as helpful, as she’d swoop in and be able to describe just about anything mechanical to an online friend in need. I’ve been watching her progress down the eastern seaboard with some wins and some tough times alike, but making pretty good time, and having a good time doing it.

Stop #2, #logan #airport #travel

It was a no-brainer last week when she lost her crew and sent up an internet flare. I don’t know what it was, but I felt personally called to come meet Angie in Florida and help her as crew to the Bahamas. I was going to take one of her classes… someday. Save up the fair going rate (tough for a gal like me) and take all female class with her in the Chesapeake. Hell, this way, I’d get to cross the Gulf Stream with her and soak up all that info in real life! I looked up tickets. She said, “WAHOO!”

Crewing was never going to happen at a time when it was convenient for me. I’ve been reading about opportunities here and there, and all of them normally want you to arrive within a week or two. One by one they fell away, with either the expenses being too great or the timeframe being too tight.

It was a lot of hemming and hawing, really. Excuses. But this? This was too much goodness to let pass by. I arrived earlier this week, four days after seeing Angie’s virtual flare, and I’ve been able to enjoy some warm weather during the coldest days this winter.

The anchorage where we're at. Public park in the foreground, Intracoastal waterway to the left. #sailing #cruising #ICW #Florida

Lake Worth is kind of odd to me, but warm with clear, clean water. Sprawly and difficult to enjoy without a car, but there is a large, free municipal beach and a close-by grocery store.

Yes please to that jaunty little house #boat. #lakeworth #Florida #travel

I think the best part so far has been meeting Angie in person, though. You don’t really see people in three dimensions when you just know them online, with their voices and the way they move about the world. But they are three dimensional, and complicated, and whole. Things you can’t see online: her thick Tennessee accent, her hospitality, her love of chicken prepared any which way, and her special talent of making people around her feel capable and confident.

Seriously. Chickens fear her.

As we make our way through the Bahamas, or shortly thereafter, I hope to write about and share photos of our adventures.

Perfection in a front yard. #palmbeach #Florida #travel #walking

What Sailing Sounds Like: Lord Huron

Beautiful visions of wandering and wide open sounds… Lord Huron has a sound that melts me every time. “Ends of the Earth” pulls every heartstring of mine. “Out there’s a land that time don’t command, wanna be the first to arrive…”

Rolling echoes of delay pedals, light jangley guitar, a smooth croon, and airy sentiments of living forever. Lord Huron’s “Man Who Lives Forever” is a song that sounds like sailing to me. I hear it in my head sometimes when I’m at the helm.

Catch their entire NPR Tiny Desk Concert in this video. They’re great live:

Scouting by Film: Mystic Pizza

We just had a nice long stay in Mystic, Connecticut at a couple of different anchorages there. Before going, we decided to scope out the town by watching a movie that featured the area as its backdrop. We did this before when we were at Cliff Island in Casco Bay which was the setting for The Whales of August.

Mystic PIzza

Mystic Pizza was a no-brainer for checking out Mystic, CT through entertainment first. It was neat knowing what the bridge looked like before we got there and we were excited about another town that might have a large Portuguese population (we just came from Vineyard Haven)… but that’s about where similarities with the real life town ended.

According to the film, it would appear that there’d be a decent working boat population there and that there are some people still processing fish right there at the docks. Maybe it was like that in 1988 but it’s totally not like that now. I can report that the pizza place is still there and that there are, as Julia Roberts finds out, excellently rich people living there or coming there as tourists. I think at this point there are so many well-cashed folk saturating the area that it’s impossible to get a meal for under $20.

Heck, there aren’t any useful stores downtown which is always a sign of gentrification or tourist-ification gone awry. No grocery, no hardware store. There was a really neat marine consignment store that even non-boat people would find interesting and there was a top notch A&P liquor store that had an AMAZING beer section.

At the very least the film was entertaining. Lili Taylor (below, center) has to be one of my favorites. Not just in this film, but in other greats like Say Anything and High Fidelity- she slays me when she plays the train that’s barely staying on its rails.

Mystic Pizza

No one reported Mystic Pizza’s pizza actually being a slice of heaven, and so while we were in town we had pizza elsewhere. I strongly recommend Pizzetta if you’d like a pizza in Mystic. The ones we ordered (because we kept going back) were gluten free, deliciously-topped, and could have been made vegan if we wanted them. We’re talking about really homemade stuff- they smoke their own chicken and have other fantastic toppings. Super great staff and a knockout seating area outside that’s dog friendly.

NYC is next. What should we watch? I was thinking Ghostbusters, Arsenic and Old Lace, or something like that. Of course I’ve been there before, but scouting is always good.