Monday, August 18, 2008

SMI Sailing ship Fundraiser

I'm sure you all know that my favorite (small non-profit) charity is Science with a Mission or SMI for short. (If not you can read more on my August 12 post. ) Yesterday, they had a fundraising Tall Ship sail on Boston Harbor on the Poincare. It was an absolutely beautiful day. Blue skies with some nice white puffy clouds and temperature in the low 80's with a nice breeze. There were about 40 people and it was just a great afternoon. We drove in on the Southeast Express way, found a parking garage to park our car and off we went. To get our sea legs started there was about an 80 yard walk on floating docks to the boat. Then a floating gang plank to the boat, then a rocking ship to our seat. They say the ship was rocking because it was at the dock and the harbor swells made it a bit "unstable". I found a seat and did not walk around much. There really wasn't much room to walk around but the aformentioned harbor swells kept me pretty still. Once out in the harbor it was much smoother. I was able to get some nice pictures. Boston Harbor is very nice place for pictures from the Charleston Navy Yard, Old Ironsides, the new Zachem Bridge, Bunker Hill Monument, Old North Church, Logan Airport, and of course lots of boats of all sizes. It was fun to watch them put up the sails and take the them down.

There was only a three person crew. The captain and two others responsible for the sails and some sight-seeing announcements. We were back at the dock in about 2 hours and the 80 yard floating dock.

Oh, yes, the little house is a house for ducks. Kind of hard to see them but they are really enjoying their house. All in all it was a great fun day.


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