Dear Diary of Elli

(We were recently asked to host a “Flat Stanley” for Jodi’s 3 yr old niece. This is the character from a children’s  story book that is accidentally flattened, and thus gets to travel by mail. Our job was to take our “Flat Elli” for a week, and return her and her story to Amber. )

Dear Diary Aug 12, 2013
Miss Amber, my daycare mom, mailed me to my host family today.  It was a little scary to get stuffed in an envelop and then leave, but exciting to see new places and meet new people.

Dear Diary Aug 16th, 2013elli dinghy Bar Harbor ME
I arrived in Bar Harbor Maine.  I was worried I would not make it.  The mail truck broke-down in route to my destination.  Miss Jodi and Gary arrived at 11:00 to pick me up.  I had only been at the terminal for 10 minutes.

Jodi explained to me that they live on a sail boat and to get there we have to ride in a dinghy.  Miss Jodi had a lifejacket for me to wear.

After a tour of their boat and my home for the elli boatnext week, we had lunch, then  back into Bar Harbor to take a bus ride to see the mountains.  Bar Harbor is in the Acadia National Park.   When we arrived in town, we ran into their friends, Lauren and Brian who are also living on a sailboat.  They joined us for the tour of the park.

We rode bus #3 to the visitor center.  Then we got on bus #4 The Loop, to go to the  riding stables.  We were given a tour of the stable and horses.  elli busAfterwords we got back on the bus to head to Jordan’s Pond.  At 5:00 we jumped on the next bus to get back to town and went out for pizza.   Once we were done with dinner we said our goodbyes to Brian and Lauren and put our life-jackets on and dinghied back to the boat.

My stateroom (bedroom) is in the forward part of the boat.  I slept in what is call the Pullman bed.  I even have my own head (bathroom).

Lights out at 9.

Dear Diary Aug. 17, 2013

We got up at 6 and readied the boat to set sail for Canada.  All items that we out, had to be stowed so they will not fall over while under sail.  Miss Jodi said I didn’t have to wear the lifejacket on the sailboat unless it was rough seas.  We pulled the anchor at 7:15 and put the sails up and headed out.

We passed several lighthouses on the way. elli lighthouseThe lighthouses help guide the sailors into port or to miss rocks that are sticking out of the sea.

12:52 we entered Canadian waters at the Bay of Fundy.  We spent the night in Seal Cove which is an island in the Atlantic Ocean.    In Seals Cove they have salmon fish farms or weirs as they are called.   I am now 1,120 miles from home.elli chart

Jodi called customs to check into their port to let them know we are in their country.  We told them we were only spending the night and then going back to the states.

Lights out 9:30.

Dear Diary Aug. 18th, 2013

We got up early to pull the anchor and head back to the states.  We put the sails up and headed south.

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Humpback whaleelli buoy

About 2 hours into the sail we saw dolphin and whales. These mammals are hard to get a picture of so Jodi sent a picture from the internet.

We have to keep an watch out for the lobster buoys, we do not want to hit theses as they will wrap around our keel.  We missed one and it got caught, so Gary had to put the boat in reverse to unwrap it.

When sailing you use charts instead of maps – there are also channel markets we had to look for, red should be on our starboard side (right) and green on our port side (left).

We arrived in SouthWest Harbor at 6 PM and we picked up a mooring ball for the night.  A mooring ball is just that a ball that is anchored to the bottom of the bay.

Lights out 8:30

Dear Diary Aug 19th, 2013

Gary had to work this morning,elli Coast Guardmen so Jodi and I washed the enclosure windows.  Later in the day we went to SW Harbor to look around the dock area.    We met 2 Coast Guardsmen at the station, Sammy & Steven (on the right) who takes care of all the lighthouses, he makes sure that they light up. He has 26 to look after.

When we returned to the boat, we saw a seal in the channel.  it was so cool.  His head was the only thing above the water. Then he was gone.

It is low tide this afternoon.  elli sunsetThe tides are ruled by the moon.  With an almost full moon tonight it was really low.  The moon and sunset were beautiful.

Gary and Jodi have internet on the boat so we were able to watch a show tonight “McGyver” .

Lights out 9:00

Dear Diary Aug 20th, 2013

We awoke to a very warm morning.  Sun was shining with not a cloud in the sky.  We went to the main town SW Harbor and walked around all the neat little shops.  We even stopped by library, post office and had pizza on the sidewalk.

Low tide ---  High tide

Low tide — High tide

It was high tide when we were in town today – so we took a picture to show the two tides.

Today was bath day.  Country Dance has 200 gallons of water on board.  We take a shower with 2 gallons of water.  Get wet, soap up, wash hair, rinse off.  We will get more water when we go to the fuel dock to get diesel (gas).

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