We arrived in this pictuesque town early one morning, eager to spend the day at sea on a three-masted schooner. We walked around until it was time to meet the crew and fellow guests at the dock.
Soon we were on board -- here's our very capable captain at the wheel.
We passed Captain's Row, where gentlemen sailors once waited in their stately homes for a call to captain a ship.
We passed other schooners and boats,
some with crews busy at work.
As it would happen, the Charles W. Morgan had just been launched the previous week
so we got to see her in the Mystic River! She is a 172 year old whaling ship.
You can read more about her history by clicking here.
Lowering back down...
There was also a train track running across the water and as I watched an Amtrak train go over it, I wondered how that bridge worked!
Out in the sound, we saw islands
and houses on the water...
And then the wind picked up and the water began moving!
It was time to raise the sails!
We had packed a picnic lunch and kicked back!
It was a little overcast, but that kept us a bit cooler than if the sun had been beating down.
This post is getting quite long, so stay tuned for the rest of our day at Mystic!