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Back to Maine

“Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be Happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.” –Steve Jobs
We’re back in Maine, except for a drive through on our way to New Brunswick in 2019, we haven’t spent any time here since 2016. We love Maine and it feels wonderful to be back. We’re here this time with our family to spend a week relaxing and exploring the Camden area. 


July Updates

“Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” -Terry Pratchett

Besides the trips we took to Clayton and Niagara on the Lake we spent a lot of time in July listening to music around the area.

One place we seem to always go each year is Six Mile Creek Vineyard. It’s a small place, but the wine is good and the bands are always entertaining. We took a picnic dinner with us, bought a bottle of wine and enjoyed the music.CONTINUE READING HERE…»

It’s a Way of Life Not a Vacation

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own, but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We love the life we’re living and many think it’s a perpetual vacation. I’ll let you in on a little secret…living on our boat isn’t like being on vacation. We live on our own boat, not a cruise ship with a full staff. We still have to do maintenance on our home(s), pay bills, get prescriptions filled and make doctor appointments. Just to name a few of the normal life things that have to get done. Everything we do is done in a very small space…less than 600 square feet, which includes our outside space. We have no washer and dryer, no dishwasher, our refrigerator is dorm size with little space for frozen food, our shower is 3’x2′ and we have no comfortable furniture to relax on. Are you ready to join our crew yet?


July 12 – Niagara Falls

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~Aldous Huxley  
On our way home we visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. During our first visit to the falls in 2012 we spent most of our time on the American side. We walked along Queen Victoria Park and were amazed again by the power and size of the falls. Queen Victoria Park was opened in 1888 and offers the best views of the falls.


July 10-12 Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

“Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul.” -Jamie Lyn Beatty 
July 11 was our 41st wedding anniversary so we decided to celebrate it by spending a little time in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s one of Canada’s prettiest towns, located on the Niagara Peninsula at the point where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. The house we rented was in the Heritage District, which is full of colonial-style buildings, cast-iron planters bursting with flowers and horse-drawn carriages. We felt like we’d popped back to the 19th Century. The town had tons of cute boutiques, coffee shops, ice cream shops, bistros, parks and museums to explore.


July 10 – Exploring Along Lake Ontario

“Stay close to the serenity of a lake to meet your own peace of mind.” -Munia Kahan

On our way to our anniversary getaway in Ontario we drove up to Rochesters to check out a few waterfalls and lighthouses. We cruised through Rochester in 2018 when we did the Western Erie, but we couldn’t see much from the canal. It seems like a very industrial city, but it does have some beautiful parks. Rochester is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state. Nicknamed “The Flour City,” it’s best known for its unique and impressive history, educational resources, and industry leaders in manufacturing such as Eastman Kodak and Bausch & Lomb. The settlement began in the late 18th century, and the city flourished with the opening of the Erie Canal. From Rochester we drove along the lake and checked out a few more lighthouses and beach parks.


1000 Islands Getaway

“The older I get, the more I understand it’s okay to live a life that others do not understand.” ~Anonymous
One of our favorite places we’ve traveled on The Pearl is the 1000 Islands, Clayton being one of the best ports. We haven’t been in the area since 2018, so we decided to take a little road trip and revisit the area and stay in Clayton.


June Updates

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” –Confucius
Wow it’s hard to believe the summer is flying by. It seems like we just got here and now two months have gone by. Besides spending a lot of time with our family we’ve been getting out and enjoying the great weather and a few of our favorite places. We’ve also enjoyed catching up with some cruising friends we haven’t seen in several years.  


June 16-18 Graham’s Visit

“Some of our greatest blessings call us ‘Mimi’ and ‘Poppy’.” ~Anonymous

Each of our Pennsylvania grands get to come and spend individual time on the boat during the summer. This was Graham’s sixth year. Wow, has he grown and changed during that time. The little toddler who came the first year has turned into a lanky self assured big boy who loves to explore and eat. 


June 8 – Buttermilk Falls State Park

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” —Joshua J. Marine

Ithaca’s slogan is ‘Ithaca is Gorges’. The town of Ithaca has four gorges that were carved out by glaciers millions of years ago and there are more waterfalls through these beautiful gorges than a hiker can count. Reports say there are over 150 waterfalls within 10 miles. We’ve seen many and have literally stopped counting. Welcome to the land of gorges, waterfalls and outdoor beauty. To a community of academics, artists and adventurists. We have truly fallen in love with this area of New York.