At 12:15 on June 17, 2009, N46 07.86’ W063 06.43’ the S/V “Pot ‘O’ Gold” crossed her own wake in Hillsborough Bay, at Charlottetown, PEI, and both Mary Beth and Joe Amelia were still aboard.
After plugging into a heater at Port Hawksbury for a couple days, it was a gentle sail back to PEI, Georges Bay and the Northumberland Strait were unusually quiet, with a 10 knot S wind, making for a fabulous sail, and ending to our trip. We anchored for the night at Woods Island, beside the Holiday Island Ferry, then another sail to Charlottetown, where we are tied up at a dock to unload the boat, I will then sail one more trip to Souris where the sturdy old “Pot ‘o’ Gold” will go on the hard and over the next few years will make her ready for another voyage to ?????????????????
This trip has taught us a lot about people, a lot about our family, and a lot about ourselves.
Jim Angel (“Blue Angel”) says it best, “Life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “holy cow……..what a ride!”
We completed approximately 130 locks, including this last, last one in Nova Scotia. We went under something like 600 bridges. We did 7 overnight sails including one double overnighter, all in the open Ocean.
We anchored on the Mississippi River in a 5 knot current.
We travelled 6,354.3 Nautical Miles (that’s 7312.3 Statute Miles for you landlubbers) in 1479 hours.
We spend 87 nights on mooring balls, 38 nights at free docks, 92 nights at anchor, 15 nights tied up at locks, 113 nights in marinas, 28 nights in Drummond Island in our tree house, and 7 nights sailing.
There were too many highlights to list them all, and with each action that we do for the next year or so, a memory will come back of our trip. When we pick up a magazine and read an article, a memory comes back. And each conversation we have brings back a story. Each and every memory and story involves a person we met on the Loop, with all but one being a wondrous event that we will remember always.
To everyone we met on the Loop (and extra to those special folks to us, you know who you are), THANK YOU!! The trip would not have been the same without you.
To the AGLCA, without whom we would not have been kept updated of all the events and issues on the Loop (and who certified us official “River Rats” due to Ike), THANK YOU.
To the Canadian Power Squadron, where both MB and I completed our Boating Course over a winter, and I completed the Piloting Course, VHF operators certificate, and weather course, then printed two articles in their national magazine, “the Porthole”, which makes me an author, THANK YOU!
To my SPOT watchers, Karen Harding, Mike Amelia, Peg Gallant, and Jim Thompson, which gave us a degree of comfort, especially on overnight sails, knowing we were being watched, THANK YOU!
To all those who followed and read each blog posting, and made the blog fun to write and keep up, THANK YOU!
To Colin and Pat Hay (“Lady Margaret”), you are special folks to us, and we hope to stay in touch forever, THANK YOU!
To all those who said I was going to die at sea, or be boarded and marooned by Pirates, or sink to a rocky death, I say BALDERDASH! I’m still alive, and will remain so.
This trip will provide us memories and stories for a lifetime, and we will read our blog with fondness forever.
Still yet to come: MB’s daily journal. MB kept a daily journal, much more detailed than my “Captain’s Log”, and she will be typing it out, funny, when I read her journal; the stories don’t always match my own.
For now, the land doesn’t sway right, everywhere I look there are people, neighbors and dogs. The grass needs cutting, there are way too many rooms in this house, and there is no wind generator to hum me to sleep.
Joe & Mary Beth Amelia
S/V “Pot ‘O’ Gold”