3500 Travels

Salty Dogs

Thursday, October 8, 2015

It has been a mixed day, with the hope that all will end well. I’ll explain below but will start with the undeniably good stuff.

Last night I decided to take the canoe out for the first time this morning. For the last couple of days the water on Flat Bay has been like glass. It reminds me of the time Bob Agazzi and I were paddling in his canoe around Hog Island. That was part of my bachelor party. Anyway, high tide was at 8:33 this morning so I timed it to be in the water a bit before then. Cathie gave me a shove and off I went. It was a lot of fun and let me see things from a new perspective.

Just off shore on Flat Bay.

Just off shore on Flat Bay.


Looking north back to the house.

Looking north back to the house.



Gliding on the bay.

Dogs running along the shore.

The dogs were wondering what was going on and following from shore. Up until now Cap had not been willing to go swimming here in Maine. He swam at home in the Rio Grande. I don’t think it was the salt water because he didn’t want to swim in the pond either. Reg on the other hand was happy to retrieve sticks thrown into the bay. I had tried baiting a stick with peanut butter but Cap would not be fooled. However, today with a whistle from me in the canoe he took the plunge. Of course Reg came along too and Reg likes to fight in the water. You can hear me call him off in the video.

I came back to shore and we loaded Cap into the canoe. Needless to say he was nervous with the rocking and strangeness. Still, with some coaxing and a hand to prevent early egress, we set out. I kept pretty close to shore so if he did jump ship he would not have too far to swim. I think he did really well and we will go again. The picture of Cap sitting smartly in front of me has made the Facebook rounds, but for the few of you that don’t Facebook, here it is.

Cap, a salty dog

Cap, a salty dog

Another recent activity is – dogs following alongside a bicycle. Cathie started this a couple of days ago with both Reg and Cap. Apparently they are taking to it as evidenced by the video of Cap. I understand that Reg is doing well too. I have also been told that chipmunks and deer can be major distraction. By the way, the tawny colored dog way out in front is Leo, Richard’s and Susan’s dog, a very nice pup that tolerates ours.

So now I’ll explain the mixed day reference. While the truck performed flawlessly for nearly 8,000 miles it developed a transmission problem a few days ago. I may devote a whole post to this because a couple of you may be interested, and I could use the post as a kind of catharsis. I ordered a part via 2nd day UPS and put it in today. No Joy and damn. I then went to plan B and Richard was kind enough to detour to a Napa store for an ignition switch. Huh, what does and ignition switch have to do with a transmission? A lot I hope. So it is working now but the afternoon was warm and it worked two days ago in the same warm pm. Tomorrow morning, when it is cold and damp, is the real test.

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