Come Sail Away, Come Sail Away...Come Sail Away with Me
by Guest Blogger Sara
Imagine a hot, humid evening with a bright, cloudless sky. The sun hasn't quite decided to head for the horizon yet and a strong wind continues to blow over the water. It's a Sunday night, so some people are sitting on their porches sipping a glass of wine and calmly preparing for another week of work. Others are headed to Pusser's water side bar for a drink and maybe a meal. Alongside Pussers, another type of crowd starts to gather - they begin to form a line. By 6:30 the assortment of people, young couples, old couples, good friends, families are invited one by one to present their tickets. Excitedly, the crowd moves forward.
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They say, and I'm not sure who 'they' are but they say it frequently, that pictures are worth 1000 words. I could easily (ok, maybe not so easily) continue as above and attempt to describe the schooner, the people, the sails and the sunset but thanks to the marvels of modern technology and digital cameras I have a wonderful evening documented in photographic form. So, to save myself several 1000s of words, I'm going to change tack here, or "come about" and begin a photographic journey. Let's say I was headed East before with the wind on the starboard side, I'd now like to head West. West, in to the sunset.
And to put you in the mood if you're landlocked or if you happen to like the Styx, something to listen to as you peruse the pictures:
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I'm Sailing Away, Set an Open Course...
A few notes now that we're back on land and feeling slightly "land-sick". The Woodwind II shown in several pictures was featured in the film Wedding Crashers way back in 2005. If you don't believe me, watch the movie...come to think of it, I should re-watch it too, it's been a while. If you happen to find yourself in Annapolis (lucky you) and want to go on a sunset cruise, check out this website for Annapolis Schooner Woodwind Cruises. Finally, for those landlubbers amongst yee that are wondering what exactly a "schooner" is and for those sea-savvy folks who may wish for further nautical enlightenment, click here.
Only a hint of sunlight remains on the horizon now and Annapolis is bathed in a warm glow as its inhabitants and visitors go about their night-time activities. A family of four disembarks the Schooner, Woodwind and heads towards home.