I have written before about how living in a harbour town is a good time. It’s not all about the people that come on the boats, though. . . sometimes it’s about the boats themselves!
When I first moved to St John’s I lived up by the Avalon Mall, depressingly far from the harbour. I was downtown fairly often, and so got to see the harbour fairly often. . . but always under the cloak of darkness. Would take walks along the water front, and admire the big shiny boats. . .
As impressive as these big shiny boats might be when they’re asleep, I was super pumped when my dad and stepmum were up for a visit and we got a gorgeous sunny day. Perfect for a stroll down the water front! That same awesome big ship I had seen at night was fifty million times cooler on a sunny afternoon. . .
I don’t know what it is about big boats. It’s probably right up there with lighthouses. I love them because they come along with the ocean, and the ocean makes me happy.
A few cool boats have come to hang out in the St John’s harbour since I moved here. This was the first one I got to see, back in July 2009. It is the Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern, built in 1926, and apparently is the 2nd tallest tall ship in the world. People could go on and meet the crew and such, which a lot of people did. . . but dad, Penny and I were not curious enough to deal with the line up. It was enough just to see it up close.