Every May I am hit with a wave of wanderlust. Perhaps because we have moved so many times in the summer (4 of the last 10 summers). Perhaps because in the years we didn’t move we did big summer camping trips. In any case, my mind and heart are dreaming about travelling.
The kids want to return to Acadia this summer. We love Acadia — the tidepools, the sleepy fishing villages on the quiet side, the rugged coastline, the beautiful hikes, the sailboats. I have a weakness for sailboats. When we go to Acadia I can spend hours sitting by the water and watching them.
One afternoon, as we watched the sun set from the summit of Cadillac Mountain, a boat sailed out of the harbor and the setting sun caught her sails. Gearbox and I both immediately remembered, “there’s a schooner in the offing with her topsail shot with fire.” We had memorized Richard Hovey’s Sea Gypsy when he was in first grade:
The Sea Gypsy
by Richard Hovey
I am fevered with the sunset,
I am fretful with the bay,
For the wander-thirst is on me
And my soul is in Cathay.
There ‘s a schooner in the offing,
With her topsails shot with fire,
And my heart has gone aboard her
For the Islands of Desire.
I must forth again to-morrow!
With the sunset I must be
Hull down on the trail of rapture
In the wonder of the sea.
Are you sailing off on an adventure this summer?
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[quick ink study of a sailboat — Wonderland, Acadia NP, Aug. 2011]