Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sailing Off the End of the Earth

Today we leave our known universe and motor into unknown waters. We had docked last night at Clyde, NY, which we had visited three weeks earlier, on our "shakedown" cruise. Today we continue east, and for the first time enter waters we have never seen before.

Of course it's hardly like the days of Magellan, or even Lewis and Clark. We have a GPS and marine charts and we're following a channel that has "daymarks" (the nautical equivalent of roadsigns) every few hundred yards. But it's still exciting to see new landscape.

Today we'll navigate past the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Bald eagles nest here, and we've seen several already, plus an eagle chick poking its head from a nest in a canalside tree.

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