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New England is the best for the summer. Why fly south if we have anything here. I met Daniele in the sailing camp - he came from Rome, Italy. Lucky me, I biked, hiked, wind surfed, and got on a cable car, but I did not take any airplane this summer. These are the places I have been:

- Old Orchard Beach, Maine: the only amusement park on beach front in New England, fireworks every Thurday;

- Portland Head Light House: the most beautiful light house/museum I've ever seen, and Williams Fort;

- Lake Winnipesauke: beautiful houses around the lake, 3-hour drive around the lake, Weirs Beach (waterpark only $10 at 6pm) and Meredith Marina (ice cream and fishing);

- Cannon Mountain: a winter resort, fun with cable cars and a Winter Sports Museum with real Olympic metals;

- Around Echo Lake: biking trial, hike to Artist'c Bluff and Bold Mountain;

- Castle in the Clouds: a beautiful stone masion sit top of a mountain in the Spring Castle (water company);

- Baddle Boston: http://www.paddleboston.com new rental places/posts along the Charles River to pick up kayaks from Kendall Square (Cambridge) to Nahanton Park (Newton/Needham) or the other way around;

- Boston Harbor Islands: a ferry from New England Aquarium, passed Castle Island (Independent Fort), got on Georges Island (Fort Warren), and then to Spectacle Island (at sun set), over looking at the Boston;

- Musuem of Sciecnes (MOS): robots to Mars, and hurrican presentations;

- and more!

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在2010 年9月1日上由Kid J添加的评论(11时48分am)
Sailing for My Helmsman

I ran down the stone path toward the boathouse on the bank of Charles River in Boston. I saw a lot of boats in the dock, but no sail was up. On top of the pole, a red flag was waving in the wind. This was the last day of my two-week summer camp on sailing. I had learned water sport safety, kayaking and sailing with a team.
A young man walked in and brought us to attention. He told us his name was Chris and he would give us a final test on sailing today. Chris talked about the strong wind. Helmsman tests could only be taken on red flag days (hard wind). This took my breath away and at the same time I felt hopeful. I could become a Helmsman on the last day at this camp.
Chris talked about the changing directions of wind. We were told to turn the boats around two buoys in the middle of Charles River like a figure "8" course. Soon we left the classroom to get our boats. We got our gears from the warehouse. I first put on a lifejacket, then took a rudder and a sail with a number 21 . I went down to the dock and found my boat.
I stepped on the boat from the starboard, and moved to the stern with the rudder. I slid the rudder on the stern. Then, I started to rig my sail onto the mast. I tied the lines to the boom and winch. Finally I pulled the halyard and raised the sail. I sat in the boat for a while until the others were done rigging. When the teacher said we could leave, I was the first person to leave dock. The moment I left dock I realized the teacher was right. I fought against the wind. I looked up and saw the sail going crazy. This wasn't good. If a sail started to flop around it meant you weren't going to move and if you kept it that way it would take a long time to get out. I decided to put all my attention on the sail to fix it.
As soon as I fixed it, I noticed I was speeding toward the Longfellow Bridge and less than 70 feet from it. At first I felt afraid. Then, a new feeling washed over me. It was the feeling of hope. I felt brave with determination. I felt as strong as 100 lions hunting as a pack. I worked as fast as I could, using a good trick that a previous teacher had taught me. I turned the rudder toward the wind and I turned the sail in the opposite direction of the rudder. It was working, but still too slow. My heart started beating very fast. I was 30 feet away from the bridge and felt like I was going at 20 miles per hour. Then, I used every ounce of my strength and tried to turn the boat with all my might. I couldn't look, so I closed my eyes. All of a sudden, I felt adredaline run through my veins. I imagined headlines on the news about the boy and the bridge crash. I thought "I'm too young to die!" But most of all, I thought of failing the test.
A good 30 seconds had passed although it felt like an eternity, so I opened my eyes. I looked around and found the Longfellow Bridge behind me. I was overcome with fatiugue and exhaustion, but soon I felt brave and strong. I rounded the next buoy with ease to make a figure 8. It was easier, so I started to look at the beautiful scenery. There were very few clouds in the blue sky. There was a motorboat zooming toward 3 boats that were stranded and were yelling for help. One sail was in the water, the boat was partially submerged. Chris came over and rescued them. I believed their test was over. I continued sailing in a figure "8" around the buoys 4 more times in the next 30 minutes and soon it was time to go in.
As I got close to the dock, the speaker said "Sail No. 21, please dock at the Longfellow side." So I turned my boat to the left, and tried to dock my port to the dock softly, but hit the dock with a small thud. I looked around if a teacher was watching, then jumped out as quickly as possible. I tied the boat to the dock with a night knot. Quickly, I got the rudder out and put it back inside the warehouse. I took down the sail and started to fold it. Then, I heard a voice. I looked up and Chris said: "I saw your tight turn near the bridge. The wind is strong today. I saw you handled it pretty well. I think you deserve to pass the test." I stood there speechless, then managed to stammer: "Th-th-th-thanks." He gave me back my card and I saw the box next to the Helmsman was marked. With a cheer, I said to myself, "I am a helmsman now." I finished folding my sail and took off my lifejacket for the very last time. I waved goodbye to my teachers as I was leaving the boathouse.
On my way home I was still a little stunned at the change of events. I thought I had learned a lot about sailing and life in one day. Now I know how to borrow the strength of nature and help me move the boat to the direction I want. One of the quotes from Civilization PC Game is: “You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails.”

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