...which is the first destination of our 'short' (10-12 day) cruise. We'll return home after that for a week, then go out for 4-5 weeks, downeast to the Maine coast.
It's absolutely gorgeous here.... bright sun, clear skies, a pleasant 12-15 knot breeze... a little cool, just enough to add a light jacket or sweatshirt, but wearing shorts.
This is really a magical place, for the cruising sailor. Great Salt Pond is a large natural harbor, with a narrow entrance from the west. A portion of the harbor offers good anchorage... another portion offers town-operating moorings, with lime green balls. The harbormaster is very friendly and comes around in the afternoon to collect the $40 fee. Unlike Nantucket and Martha's Vinyard, Block Island is not nearly as developed and touristy, and the terrain of the island is much more attractive: rolling meadows and wooded areas, none of the scrubby pine vegetation of the other islands.
Honeysuckle grows profusely on the southwestern shore of the harbor, and the air is perfumed by it's scent.
This weekend starts Race Week, and the 'go-fast' boats are trickling in... but the harbor is largely empty. Perhaps it's the fact that this is a big social weekend, with Fathers' Day, graduations, etc.... but it's a rare weekend that the mooring field isn't completely packed, so we're grateful for the emptiness.
This afternoon, we'll partake in our greatest lazy pleasure; we'll dinghy over to the beach that runs along the southern side of the entrance channel, set up sand chairs and an umbrella, and watch all the boat traffic streaming in.... many race boats of various types, like PHRF racer-cruisers, J boats, and the like. I'll probably cast my rod into the channel; I've seen others pull up flounder or fluke, although I've never been lucky enough to catch one here. I'll listen to my iPod, crack open a new book, and just enjoy the crystal clear sunshine and fresh breeze.
Speaking of the summer reading list, I just finished Lee Iacocca's book.... fabulous. Here's a guy who is a blunt and plain speaker, an industrialist and capitalist all his life, who talks about leadership from a position of having been one, and a successful one. The book contains a great deal of plain ordinary common sense.... and ought to be on everyone's must-read list, if they care about America.
If we snag a wi-fi in whatever other ports we hit, I'll give y'all an update.