I can imagine that it may get old listening to me drone on about how unbelievably awesome it is to live here on Cape Ann, but forgive me, because I’m about to do it again.
Last night, onboard the Lannon, I had the pleasure of meeting some people throughout the evening that I had never met before and whom I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with. There was the “always trust a Burnham” friend who insisted that my super moon photos are inaccurate (whom I hope to prove wrong with a photo of the moon near the Annisquam Yacht Club that I’ll attach in a minute)…the “excuse me ma’am” friend who, while he made me feel like I was 90 years old, also made me smile each time he walked by…..a possible new dentist….a really nice gentleman and FOB who used to live in the same home on Pebble Beach that my husband grew up in, etc. I love meeting new people and each of those conversations enhanced an evening that was already pretty phenomenal because of the company of existing friends, a gorgeous evening, and an amazing venue. Ummm….and a rum drink in a coconut. Come on, really! Several people asked me the same question…”What do you write about for GMG?” I found myself at a loss for a decent answer at first, but at the end of the night, I found myself saying, “I cheerlead for how crazy cool Cape Ann is.” Seemed like a good enough answer.
So, for kicks, allow me to recap the last seven days….as if anyone really needs me to highlight how crazy awesome this community is.
In 7 days’ time, we have gotten up close and personal with no fewer than 20 humpback whales (both on the Hurricane from Cape Ann Whale Watch and a smallish center console boat courtesy of some very good friends). We spent a super fun evening with those same friends to celebrate my husband’s birthday, took their boat around the backshore (some of the most beautiful coastline in the world if you ask me), had lots of delicious food and drinks at The Studio, stopped at the Mile Marker, and saw an incredible sunset over Thacher’s Island on the way home. Two days later the kids joined us as we all enjoyed a day that took us out of Rockport Harbor, around the backshore again, into Gloucester Harbor, out to Stellwagen Bank, to the Cape Ann Brewery, down the Annisquam River, for a evening swim at Wingaersheek Beach, a “meet and greet” with Tyler on the Pin Wheel from Wicked Tuna (who came over because he thought we were having boat trouble when he saw the kids waving to him…How nice is that?!), around Halibut Point, and back home into Rockport. My boys have hauled lobster traps with “Uncle Dave”. We have spent time at what the boys call “our beach” right at the end of our road. Meeting friends at Old Garden Beach is always one of our favorite types of summer day and never gets old. To see my boys growing up alongside the children of good friends and playing with them summer after summer…all carefree and sandy is too good for words. We have gone on the Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle…twice….with two different groups of friends…and the boys were thrilled to help impart a bit of their knowledge of the waterfront. Both of those harbor tours ended with fun meals and laughs on outdoor decks. Does it get any better? We spent an afternoon at Capt. Carlos and another one at the Studio (which will never get old). We had a play date at Maritime Gloucester for probably the thirtieth time… and loved it as if it was the 1st. We’ve ordered smoothies and simply driven around town…because, for some reason, that NEVER gets old for the boys. We’ve watched boats unload and watched fisherman mend gear. We’ve walked through Rockport, hung out with United States Navy, had a few ice creams along the way, bought cupcakes at Rockin’ Cupcakes on Bearskin Neck for Freddy’s b-day, and sat by our new fire pit at night. Oh, and of course, took an incredible evening sail on the Thomas Lannon. For real…quite a week.
I write this not to bore you with a-week-in-the-life-of-the-Schraffts, but rather to demonstrate how a completely normal week can unfold with ease in one of the world’s best communities.
Go get your summer on, peeps. Embrace this place for all it has to offer!
The Studio Restaurant
Gloucester Water Shuttle
Cape Ann Whale Watch