Life's Adventure

Late September Getaway

We had the last weekend in September circled on the calendar for at least six months. Our dear Austin friends Jake and Peggy were scheduled to come in for a long weekend cruise…

Mrs. Horne, The Captain, Peggy, and Jake

Not only that, but Sunday was also the date for the Coop deVille Pig Roast and Band on a Boat. I was working on weather contingency plans on Wednesday afternoon when Mrs. Horne read the text on her phone:

“Jake and Peggy have to cancel. Peggy needs an emergency root canal.”

What a heart break! I know they really wanted to see Relentless and enjoy our cruise. And we always treasure the time we spend together.

The Cruise Must Go On!

After exhausting all the options for rescheduling their visit, Mrs. Horne and I finally accepted the inevitable and started to piece together an alternative plan.

The forecast for the next few days wasn’t great, but I had two nights of credit at Provincetown Marina and the dockmaster told me it was “use it or lose it” time.

The original plan was to take off Friday morning for two nights in Provincetown and two nights in Oak Bluffs, but before we turned in Wednesday night, Mrs. Horne said “Why don’t we take off tomorrow?”

It was blowing 20+ when I got up in the morning, so I figured we weren’t leaving Thursday. Around 10:00, it seemed to be dying down and with Friday looking worse, we decided to take off. We also decided to bring our little dog Daisy…

It was a weird south southeast wind and after checking buoy data I concluded the roughest spot would probably be leaving our slip in Mattapoisett.

Mattapoisett Harbor is well protected in almost every wind direction except southeast and backing out with a near 20 mph cross wind was a little dicey.

Once I spun Relentless around and headed dead into the wind, I found head seas that made anything over 20 mph uncomfortable. Of course nothing bothers me more than eating $725 in “use it or lose it” dockage, so we pressed on.

As I suspected, the closer we got to the canal, the flatter the seas and once we passed Bird Island I took her up to 30.

Needless to say, the canal was smooth and the entrance to Cape Cod Bay wasn’t as bad a Mattapoisett Harbor. We ran at 25 for the entire trip with a beam sea of 3-4 footers…

Back to The Lobster Pot

We didn’t actually shove off until noon and by the time we tied up and washed down Relentless, it was 2:30. We were both famished and decided to grab “Dunch or Linner” at the nearest restaurant we could find – The Lobster Pot.

When we were in Ptown in June, the Lobster Pot was still requiring masks despite the lifting of the National mandate. And in July, Provincetown reinstated the mandate following a Fourth of July outbreak. We didn’t have masks and we agreed that we’d go to The Squealing Pig if they made us wear masks.

As we walked up the door I spotted this sign…

I also saw that the hostess at the door was mask free and we happily entered.

We got a great corner table upstairs and enjoyed a variety of appetizers…

It felt too early to go back to the boat so we decided to stop at Tin Pan Alley and hopefully find a little socializing with some locals. We lucked out and ended up meeting a couple of very interesting bartenders…

Mikto
Kelly Kelly

At first we couldn’t believe Mrs. Kelly could have ever have named her son Kelly Kelly, but he insisted it was true.

The Best Biking on Cape Cod?

I know I’ve praised the bike paths on the National Seashore before, but I’m going up that and flat out declare themselves to truly be the best of Cape Cod.

Mrs. Horne took Daisy for a walk to town while I biked down Commercial Street and out to the bike paths. I love the paths on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, but most of the time your running parallel to a street with cars zipping by.

The paths on the National Seashore are mostly dedicated to bikers and magically weave their way among the dunes. To illustrate this, I shot a brief biking video…

Return to The Squealing Pig

I reunited with Mrs. Horne and we decided to go back to one of our springtime favorite spots for lunch – The Squealing Pig.

We sat at the bar (again hoping to socialize with locals) and once again met success. We chatted briefly with a couple from Plymouth. A few minutes later we decided that our blonde bartender was the same brunette who had waited on our table in early June…

Raddi at The Squealing Pig

Her name is Raddi and she’s incredible. Not only does she do her job well, but she’s charming, witty, and very knowledgeable about all the unique dishes on their menu.

The Pig does have a bit of a Dive Bar feel when you first enter, but as reported before, it’s a totally legit Gastropub. Not only that, but it’s also a first glass Raw Bar…

We sat across from the Shuckmaster and watched as he crafted our Wellfleet Oyster tray…

We also split a fish sandwich and sweet potato wedges…

Sweet Indulgence

Mrs. Horne and I were very proud of ourselves for sticking to a light lunch and decided it would be okay to have a few sweets.

Provincetown has plenty of fudge and candy shops, but one caught my eye – The Cabot Candy Shop…

They feature homemade taffy along with a “Taffy Bar” where you can fill your bag with the taffy’s of your choice…

They also offered homemade fudge and brittle…

Along with obscure nostalgic “penny candies” (that no longer cost a penny)…

The highlight for me was the display of handmade chocolates…

As a man who’s eaten enough Murdoch Fudge to last a lifetime, I’m not a “sweets guy” anymore. But Cabots is such a confectionery experience that I’m sure to return.

Our shopping spree didn’t quite reach a pound and at $8.95/pound, it turned out to be quite a bargain. In fact, it took us four days to eat it all!

Back on Relentless, we watched the Americans annihilate the Euros in the Ryder Cup…

New Provincetown Restaurant

One of the nice things about autumn cruising, is being able to enjoy the restaurants you can never get a reservation at during the summer. Friday night Mrs. Horne and I finally ate at Spindlers.

It’s actually a hotel restaurant with a variety of unusual dining venues…

Courtyard Dining at Spindlers
Private Greenhouse Dining at Spindlers
Cafe Dining at Spindlers

We ended up being seated in a rather romantic corner booth surrounded by curtains…

The food was excellent and although we didn’t recognize any of the wines on the menu, we went with the server’s recommendation and we weren’t disappointed…

I highly recommend starting with the Charred Bread service ($5). It’s totally unique and although you can taste the char, the bread is warm and fresh inside.

Detour to Vineyard Haven

We were booked in Oak Bluffs for Sunday night and planned to stay in Provincetown until then. The run from Ptown to OB is over 60 miles and rather exposed in a heavy southwest blow. Friday night I noticed that the wind forecast for Sunday morning was quickly deteriorating, so I went to Plan B.

Having used up our two night credit at the Marina, “we were free to go” Saturday morning. My first thought was to go to OB and before I went to bed I put in a request on Dockwa.

Unfortunately I awoke to this…

I immediately requested Black Dog and called the dockmaster who said “No problem, there’s only one boat here.”

We left Provincetown around 10:00 with a plan to get to the Black Dog Tavern for lunch around noon. It was a gray day with pockets of heavy rain in Cape Cod Bay…

After three days on the boat Daisy was starting to get comfortable…

The 60 mile run was quite smooth as the sun teased us in the canal…

We knew Tom and Terry were in Edgartown for their anniversary so Mrs. Horne suggested we invite them to meet us at the Black Dog.

They said “Sure,” but we’re coming by bike.”

They were a little nervous about the rain. When we pulled into the Black Dog is was gray, but dry. Terry sent me a text…

About ten minutes later Tom texted that they were sitting under a doorway at MV High School waiting for the deluge to pass. Mrs. Horne and I locked up and as we approached the Black Dog I said “They’re here.”

Mrs. Horne said “How do you know it’s them?”

I said “Do you think anyone else would be out on bikes in the rain?”

We enjoyed a late lunch…

We went back to Relentless to watch the Ryder Cup into the wee hours of the night (10:00 PM)…

Pig Roast Sunday

The ride from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs is stupid short. We tied up, cleaned up the boat, and enjoyed a beautiful warm September Sunday…

We’d heard that the music started at 2:00 so we went over to grab a good seat around 1:00. Of course we ordered the Pig Platter, some wings, and of course a brewski…

The music actually started around 3:00. It was as great as ever led by local musician Mike Benjamin. You can read more and watch my 10 minute compilation by clicking HERE.

Mark Your Calendars for September 25, 2022

This is one of the best times of the year on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s always held on the last Sunday of September (9/25/2022).

Here’s a few random photos from the day…

Owner Petey and his Pal
Terry trying out a new puppy
The Usual Suspects
Jeff, Aubrey, and Mrs. Horne
Even Daisy made the show

As you might imagine, after 5 hours of sun, fun, and beer, Mrs. Horne and I were beat. Rather than go out to eat, I went on Yelp and found a place called Wolf’s Den Pizza that delivered to the Marina (click here to order on Yelp).

We got a small pizza and a hot Italian grinder to finish off our autumn vacation with happy tummies…

Hopefully we’re not quite done with Oak Bluffs and we’ll be back for the final cruise of the season in late October..

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