A Wedding with Waddles


Waddles was the perfect wedding host. For those of you who have not met, Waddles has been the beloved international mascot of Megan Ginsburg – Capt. Rick’s niece – for the past 15 years.

Congrats to Megan & Mike Newton, who got married on August 21 in Ann Arbor, MI. As you can see, the bride is gorgeous, and that dress – absolutely exquisite. The groom, with his charming smile, was truly handsome 🙂

Megan and Mike
Proud papa, Capt. Rick’s brother, Scott Ginsburg

It was an exceptional gathering of relatives traveling from the states of California, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maine, and a few more. For Capt. Rick in addition to seeing the familiar members of the extended Satterfield and Ginsburg family, it was a rare treat to spend time with the fashionable Aunt Sally and Uncle Ernie Waxman, who never show their age!

For all of us, it was a sweet reminder that family will travel many miles to celebrate life events, and, that the bonds are timeless.

It is absolutely fascinating how the family dynamics never change, no matter how much time passes between visits. Some siblings misbehave. Some tend to cry with joy, several times. Some just dance, all night long, happy to enjoy life!

Grandpa Rick

Family gatherings are the most precious when Grandpa Rick gets to spoil  three grandkids at the same time!

Grandkids are a joy!
Leo, Grandpa Rick, Abby
Tyler and Grandpa Rick – dapper dudes.
Grandkids Abby, Strawberry the Moose, and Leo.
Pajamas from Maine. Thanks, personal shopping consultant Gail Bernstein!
Mary and Rick, photo by Jamie Hendry.

Portland, Maine

Arriving back at the airport in Portland we had a special sighting.  A Moose! But wait a minute – something is extremely odd about that moose. 

First a little background to establish credibility. Moose are so common in Alaska, I could not possibly tell you have many hundreds I have seen (I lived in AK for nearly 40 years).  Even Capt Rick has seen several of them up close. 

With a wealth of experience in this matter, this stuffed moose was absolutely ridiculous! Why?? Because moose are NEVER this groomed! (Useless Factoid from Wikipedia: To become a taxidermist, only 28 states require a license, and Maine requires two exams, but there is no requirement for “experience”) Moose are ugly, their hide is a mess, and they shed like crazy.  Was the taxidermist from Los Angeles? To me, this moose looks like it just won a contest for Miss Moose International.  Good grief!

DiMillos Marina – Portland Maine

While it rained heavily for several days, Exhale was safely docked at DiMillos, a walkable location with exceptional staff.  Sorry, there were no great photos taken at this location. 

Wentworth by the Sea

Photo by Capt. Rick

This hotel is reminiscent of the Grand Hotel on Makinac Island, MI – celebrating sweet memories with Gypsy and the Gillespies. Hello Doyles! Thanks for making the drive. It was nice to see you again.

Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, NH.

The ladies (Gail, Carol and MS) went to Portsmouth, NH to explore Strawberry Banke, the oldest neighborhood in New Hampshire. No surprise, the community is built on a “bank” of elevated ground and strawberries were once abundant.

With 37 restored buildings from the 17th to the 19th centuries (that’s crazy old), ranging in size from very small to mini mansions, all but one rest on their original foundations. Amazing.

Magnificent furniture for Mija.

This photo proves tiny houses date back hundreds of years.

Strawberry Banke

Sunrise Photo

This is for Dave and Holly Lubs – we got up way before breakfast to take this photo for you!

Sunrise at 6:15 am, heading to Boston

Next up: Boston, MA – Donna and Steven with a “v”, you should be here.

Spoiler alert for Megan– special guests from the Boston Aquarium!

A friend for Waffles

Lobster Lady

YES! That’s the name of one of our favorite restaurants in southwest Florida, where we often order the seafood tower with a generous portion of lobster, mussels, clams, crab and so much more. So yummy. But this is an introduction to a REAL Lobster Lady.


Say hello to Lobster Lady Allyssa (Ah-Liss-ah).  She works 5 days a week as a crew member for a well-established lobster fisherman.  Born into the trade, from a long line of lobster men, she is the only female on the crew. 

Just One More

Even more impressive, this 36-year-old mom (2 kids) told us she owns 140 lobster traps that she manages and harvests solo, and, on average, one out of every four lobsters are keepers.  Her boat is named “Just One More” and she is a strong, tough, cookie. 


This sleepy little village was a surprise. Enjoy this beautiful landscaping.


Spectacular schooner in the fog.

If a summer in Maine conjures up an image of relaxing outdoor activity, this pic is for you.

Maine canoe


Yes, it’s been a long time since Maddie got a haircut.

What are you looking at? Yes, I ran in the mud, again …

Rockport, again

Some of the places we have visited have been so spectacular we decided to visit again!

Rockport, Maine

Port Clyde, St George

Port Clyde was so small the family owned grocery store closed at 3 pm. Yet, with a little help from guests on board Tonto’s Reward – Brenda and Phil – we discovered some wonderful local hangouts. On the theme of Lobster ladies, this restaurant worker shared the technique to safely secure and boil lobsters.  Note to self: remove the rubber band before cooking.

Lobster prep for the dinner crowd

Mooring ball math

We know there are a few of you out there who hate math. And we know a few more who don’t like to disclose your exact age, conveniently subtracting a few years … so maybe it was just a harmless little rounding down. When the mooring field limits the allowable size of the boat, 50 something is close enough.

It’s well known that cold water causes shrinkage, especially in Maine.

Moonlight Magic over Tonto’s Reward

Moonlight Magic

Linekin Bay Resort

From the mooring ball we took a launch (think water taxi) to the resort. Maddie loved this long ramp.

Linekin Resort

Established in 1918, the Lin-e-kin Bay Camp was once a “Healthy, Happy, Saltwater Camp for Girls on the East Coast of Maine.” That’s a quote, verbatim, from the camp brochure. Considering the time period, it might have been a very progressive school.

Bath time for Maddie

Thanks, Dad. I needed that.

Special thanks to the extremely kind and talented Faye Turke, Treble in Paradise, who patiently groomed Maddie the very next day!

Back to BoothBay Harbor!

Another repeatable location is BoothBay Harbor. This time we selected the marina on the northwest side of the harbor. Another small, family run marina. Kim, the Dockmaster, was amazing! We will be back for sure.

Boothbay Harbor Marina

New Friends

Guests on Tonto’s Reward, we sincerely enjoyed the company of Phil and Brenda, except for that one time, when he decided to take a video of someone dancing in Rockport …

Phil and Brenda (not pictured) hosted dinner!

Next Stops – Portland, Maine; Ann Arbor, MI (family detour); Wentworth by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Baa Haabaa or Bar Harbor?

Hap-bee birthday Mija!

Bar Harbor ME

As we entered into Bar Harbor with the distressed sailboat in tow, Gail from Tonto’s Reward pointed out we would soon be close to Silver Shalis, again, the yacht belonging to Larry Silverstein. The unique powder-blue hull makes her stand out from a distance. Along our journey we have seen her several times.

Silver Shalis, 180-ft yacht. Owner, Larry Silverstein. Newport, RI. Photo by Gail

After rescuing the sailboat without a scratch, my Bar Harbor story now includes a very rare and special viewing of Mr. Silverstein (my friends refer to him as my “uncle” Larry, although we still don’t know if he’s truly related). 

It’s my story, and I am sticking to it.

We spent the first night in Bar Harbor on a Mooring Ball, peacefully surrounded by a myriad of boats, large and small. The next morning – as we were enjoying our coffee with the rolling waves – off our bow Capt. Rick noticed a small rowboat closely followed by the familiar blue tender from Silver Shalis. 

Gentleman Rower escorted by Silver Shalis tender

Admittedly, the person rowing may or may not have been Uncle Larry.  As pointed out by David Bernstein, the rower had on a large hat, making it impossible to see the face of the person.  The rower, small in stature, was progressing slowly with intermittent rest breaks along the way. 

On the bow of the escort tender a uniformed crew member from Silver Shalis stood guard, ready to dive in and rescue if need be.  Impressively, the rowing continued for more than an hour.  If indeed it was Uncle Larry – reported to be 90-years young – I say BRAVO!

Introducing Mr. Hospitality

The 2nd night we managed to get space on the town dock, where we rocked and rolled, a lot. With that said, we enjoyed this spot, and stayed for a total of 4 restful days. This picture is for all our Looper friends (especially Misty Pearl, Houlegan, and Gypsy). Yes, it’s Herb Seaton on our “back porch.”  Thanks for the memories.

Herb Seaton

The sunsets are award winning in Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor sunset

Outdoor movies in the Park! Great way to enjoy the view.

Wednesday Night Movies in the Park at the Harbor

Moose in Agamont Park

Neon Moose

We find it interesting that although it is heavily marketed, you never see a moose (unlike in AK where they interrupt the flow of traffic and gladly walk across your lawn). Guessing the moose don’t get royalties, either.

Frenchboro, Outer Long Island

On to another remote location. Lunt Harbor is well known for its Dockside Deli. Accessible by dinghy, it was a treasure.

Lunt Harbor, ME

Frenchboro is a quaint, picturesque town. This First Class Outhouse was up the hill from the deli.

Lunt Harbor, Maine

Hollywood News

We interrupt this story with a shameless bragging moment from this very proud Mama.

“Production begins in Buffalo, New York on Alejandro Monteverde’s ‘The Untitled Cabrini Film’. Christiana Dell’Anna, John Lithgow, David Morse & Rolando Villazón star in powerful true story of unknown American legend, Frances Xavier Cabrini … Costume Designer: Alisha Silverstein”.

Yep. That’s my daughter!! Want to know more about the movie? click here!!

The story is based in the 1890’s, and the costumes are spectacular! Wow, Mija.

Alisha Silverstein, Costume Designer; Austin Maurer and Carly Maurer.

Not only is Alisha the Costume Designer extraordinaire, she made a cameo appearance in the movie (her first ever) and she scored a roll for two of her Alaskan cousins who spent a VERY memorable week in New York. Here’s an unauthorized photo of their restaurant scene! Happy Birthday Carly (August 6) and Alisha (August 19).

Afternoon tea in Buffalo, New York c. 1890
undisclosed, Carly Maurer, Austin Maurer, and Alisha Silverstein

North Haven

The Maine Event Story continues. We found yet another adorable little village, and stayed an extra night in North Haven. Check out this community billboard, better than Facebook, especially when there is virtually no Verizon cell service, again.

Social Media, old school

Local artists flourish

Stone Carved Elephant

Sadly, the ice cream sold out before Capt Rick arrived.

Capt Rick is sad.

Devil Island

We anchored near Devil Island, with little to no visibility AGAIN.

Devil Island surrounded by Fog

As the fog slowly lifted we could see the water was like a sheet of glass.

Devil Island, ME

We leave you with a trendy drink for Tyler :-). See you soon!

on the label: “It’s SODAsgusting – Totally Gross Soda”

Celebrating Milestones: Birthday: August 19 – Alisha Silverstein, August 23 – Matt Jackson; Anniversary: August 19 – Sandra and Danielle Ginsburg; August 20 – Howard and Ann Freedman; August 22 – Wedding Nuptials – Megan Ginsburg in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Next stop: Anchoring out in Merchant Row, Maine

Pay It Forward

Doesn’t that sailboat look a little close to you?

Exhale and Halcyon, photo by Gail Bernstein

August 2, 2021

On the VHS radio we heard “Slow moving trawler just off the lighthouse, could you give us a hand? Tow boat US is not answering our call.” 

The Hinkley sailboat was tangled up with a Lobster trap, rendering their prop immovable.  Before calling for help the hardy sailor plunged repeatedly into the brutal Atlantic waters, reportedly for over 30 minutes, attempting to cut the lobster trap free, to no avail. 

With a successful toss of a line from the bow of the distressed sailboat to Exhale (good catch, Mary), reinforced by Eagle Scout-worthy marine knots from Capt Rick, Exhale had the 48-foot sailboat nervously under tow, roughly 75 feet off our stern, with heavy seas jostling her to and fro. 

Milbridge 2:54 pm

Stationed in the cockpit of Exhale, communicating with Capt Rick via my trusty eartec headset, my job was to monitor and report on the lines as we traveled toward the next port.

After nearly 3 hours of rocking and rolling with the waves, I jinxed the moment with something stupid like, “looking good from here” followed by a sudden “Oh, Shit!”

The line snapped free – no longer secured to the bow of the sailboat.  Capt Rick dropped the engines to idle. A rush of adrenalin fueled my desperation as I frantically pulled the heavy sinking line into Exhale’s cockpit – the worst possible outcome would be entanglement in our prop – leaving two boats dead in the water. 

With the line retrieved – courtesy of a serious cardio workout – the next major challenge was safely reconnecting.  First, Exhale had to maneuver as close as possible to the sailboat. Then, someone had to accurately toss nearly 100 feet of HEAVY water-soaked line from the stern of Exhale to the aggressively bobbing bow of Halcyon.  That someone was Capt. Rick, placing me at the helm of the boat.  We needed to get as close as possible to the sailboat, without injury or damage. The task was far worse than parallel parking on a hill – with a lot of blind spots – coupled with a critical line toss! Major kudos to Capt Rick who gave steady direction and remained calm and collected during this tricky operation.

Commercial Break – Deja Vu

Here’s a little deja vu / throwback moment from 2018, when we flawlessly executed a certain bread and cookie exchange – in motion – with Bushranger!

Cargo trade. Heather’s fresh bread. Apalachicola handoff, November 8, 2018

Back to our Story

Capt. Ned opted to add 50 feet of heavy line – by tying in two other lines – to increase the separation between the boats and reduce the strain on his bow cleats that secured the lines.

Extended tow line

Exhale tentatively throttled forward as the crew (Maddie and me) resumed watch.

Winter Harbor, 4:06 pm

Our destination was the mooring field of Bar Harbor.  We all breathed a sigh of relief as the harbor came into view. In total, we towed Halcyon 21 miles, over the course of 4 hours. 

We were greeted by Scout, the dinghy from Tonto’s Reward.  Aptly named, the tender served as a Pilot boat, guiding Halcyon to the open mooring ball and helping them get secured.

Bar Harbor, 7:32 pm. Mary and Ned from Halcyon

An hour later, Ned and his wife Mary paddled over via their little rowboat. It was delightful to finally meet them. When asked if they could sponsor a nice dinner for our troubles, Capt Rick smiled warmly and said thanks, but no thanks.  Instead, he asked, “Do us a big favor, when the time is right – pay it forward. “

By the way, Ned, a VERY experienced sailor, never seemed rattled by the ordeal. It turned out he had borrowed the 60 year-old, pristine, sailboat. Excuse me, but WHO loans out their classic Hinkley? Clearly the owner was very chill, evidenced by the definition of Halcyon:

halcyon [ˈhalsēən] ADJECTIVE denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.”the halcyon days of the mid-1980s, when profits were soaring.” synonyms:serene · calm · pleasant · balmy · tranquil · peaceful · temperate · mild · quiet 

Finally, a shout out to Heroes Jim and Susan, who paid it forward when they rescued a boat in distress during the loop; and towed it for miles and miles and miles. On the continued theme of pay it forward, we leave you with the t-shirt of the day:

t-shirt of the day

Next Stop: Bar Harbor, Maine


We are enjoying life, at a much slower pace than we are accustomed to – due in part to the lack of cellular service for Verizon customers . . . So far, the Maine Event has been absolutely unforgettable. Ah yes, that brings us to flower question from the prior blog post.

Forget-me-nots. Girdwood, Ak. From my brother Sam’s yard.

Thanks to everyone who responded. Special mention goes to Grant.  We know your forgetful buddy Archibald loves to clown around. Next time consult with Betty, who would advise you that the Forget-me-not is the official state flower of Alaska, my beloved home state.  Winner, winner, winner – my dearest hometown friend Adnerb, miss you so much!

Pretty Marsh

We have been spending more time at anchor – capturing beautiful sunsets.

Pretty Marsh, July 24, 7:50 pm

Maine is well known for it’s Lighthouses, like this one in Tremont

Tremont, Maine, July 25, 2021

Seal Cove

Aptly named, we anchored out next to the seals. These seals departed when the fishermen arrived. (8 second video to be added at a later date …).

Southwest Harbor

Capt Rick has been on a quest for the best soft serve ice cream, which is not easy to find. So far, the winner is in Southwest Harbor where the chocolate actually tastes like chocolate!


“What’s up, butter cup?” One of Capt. Rick’s favorite sayings – although this might be the first time he has ever seen a field of the flowers!

Buttercups, Southwest Harbor

Little Cranberry Island; Islesford, Maine

A dink ride to Little Cranberry Island took us to the popular Islesford Dock Restaurant.

The food was good, the service was even better. We took a brief stroll up the hill, in quest of the local post office.

We heard some crazy trivia about how this post office ranked #1 in the sale of postage stamps in the U.S, I am guessing per capita, which would not take much given the resident population is a mere 65 (Wikipedia: 2013 data).

Vintage Mailboxes

Look at these antique mailboxes!  True Story:  A long time ago, I served as an unpaid high school intern at the local Post Office. In Seward, AK we had the exact same kind of boxes, with a spin combo or maybe three letters.  Yes, we read every postcard that we received, and yes, it was like Mayberry, where the post office staff gossiped all day long about the comings and goings of the whole town – resident population roughly 2,000.

Seward’s Lydia Jacoby Wins Gold!

On the topic of Seward, AK Congrats to Olympic swimmer Lydia Jacoby, she won gold in Tokyo for the 100-meter breaststroke.  The 17-year old athlete is Alaska’s first Olympic Swimmer!  You are right, swimming in AK is not a common sport.

Bravo Lydia!!

Roque Island – Lobster Mania

White Sands in Maine!

Not on the original itinerary, we heard about this secluded island from Sean at KYC.  Rarely crowded, it was a quiet haven, with a white sandy beach – a rare sight in Maine.

Lobster boats, Roque Island

These lobster boats were rafted together – a strange site, indeed.  As we drifted by with Maddie in our dinghy, the friendly fishermen told us there were LOTS of freshly cooked Lobsters on shore, “Please join in and eat as much as you want.”. Wait, what did you say?

Most of the folks were done eating and had moved away from the food tables as we were offered to partake in their “leftovers”. Then we saw the GIGANTIC steaming pot – with more than 20 cooked critters remaining. Next to the pot were the carcasses of more than 100 lobsters that had already been devoured. wow. Wow. WOW! Let’s just say our Maine Lobster craving was more than satiated.  Sorry I don’t have photos – trust me, it was a delicious buttery mess.

Happy Place

Now Capt Rick is raving about how Roque Island, Maine is “the very best gunk hole, ever” possibly de-throning Cayo Costa from its long-standing perch (Don’t’ worry, Donna, Caryl and Gail; Pelican Bay is still #1 for me).

A New York Minute

Happy birthday to my beautiful niece Carly – so excited you and Austin are in New York supporting Alisha’s latest movie project! Mija, your costumes are absolutely exquisite, of course!!

Alisha Silverstein, Costume Designer extraordinaire; Carly Maurer, costume by Alisha
Austin Maurer, costume by Alisha

Celebrating Milestones. Birthdays: Andrea Davis and Carly Maurer, August 3; Weston Wayne Sumpter Straley, August 4;  Tanja Elliott, August 6; David Hendry, August 10; Romeo and Ruby, August 11. Anniversary: Mike and sue Gillespie, August 13.

Next Stop: Bar Harbor