Monday, September 5, 2011

Sailing Along the Connecticut Shore

Happy Labor Day, friends.  Today marks the unofficial end to the summer season here by the shore.  To celebrate the end of the season, Hubby and I spent a day sailing with friends.  You might think we spend a lot of time on boats since we live in a shoreline community, but we actually don't.  A day of sailing was a treat for us and the perfect way to mark the end of the summer season.

As we pulled away from the dock one of the things we noticed was how salt spray from Hurricane Irene has caused premature browning of the shoreline trees.

Trees along the Shore

In just the few days since the hurricane the leaves have turned brown and are starting to fall.  It's looking like we won't have much color, at least by the shore, this fall.

It was a lovely day.  The sun was shining brightly and the wind was blowing at 10 to 15 knots, making it a great day for sailing.

A Perfect Day for Sailing
We visited Mystic, CT, a shoreline community that is a great place to visit any time of year, but it shines in summer.  Sailing up the Mystic River we got an up close view of the Mystic River drawbridge,  a bridge with an 85 foot span that opens ans closes once per hour.

The Mystic River Drawbridge

Sailing up the Mystic River also gave us a unique view of the Mystic Seaport, also known as The Museum of America and the Sea.  Founded in 1929, it is the nation's leading maritime museum where visitors can explore American maritime history first-hand.  When you visit you can climb aboard historic tall ships.

A Mystic Seaport Tall Ship

The Charles W. Morgan, America's last surviving wooden whaling ship,  can be seen as it is being restored, a project that will take several years.

The Charles W. Morgan

You can be one of the more than 300,000 people who stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village.

Mystic Seaport

You, too, can tour the Mystic River, on the Sabino, the last remaining coal-fired steamboat in America.

The Sabino

If modern day boats are your eye candy you'll certainly get your fill by sailing the Connecticut shoreline.  Everywhere you look there are boats, one more spectacular the prior.

A Yacht

As the sun set we reflected on the beauty of shoreline and the historic significance of the surrounding communities.  It was another great daycation for us.   

Sunset
How are you spending your Labor Day? 

1 comment:

  1. Mystic is a hidden gem in our area. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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