1 On this day, I planned a day picnic and boat ride with my family and guests - it was a beautiful and clear day, and the waters were calm.
2 This is my boat, Skylands II.
3 I always love taking the children to see the seals on Bunker Ledge just off the coast of Mount Desert Island. Mother seals and their babies just love this spot. Unfortunately, it was near Bunker Ledge where my boat malfunctioned.
4 One of two belts came off - the rear belt that controls the water pump. Once the alarms sounded, we called for assistance immediately, and while we waited to be towed back, Mike and my daughter, Alexis, tried to fix the belt out at sea.
5 This is a nautical chart illustration of where we had the trouble. It's from a chart plotting "app" I like to use as an additional data source to the technology on my boat. I also use it to get the latest tide information.
6 One thing about being on the waters, is the camaraderie of the other boaters. Some nearby boaters helped tow us to where it was safe. Here was my property director, Mike, at the front of my boat as it was being pulled.
7 Mike and Blake, who are part of my crew at Skylands, soon came to our rescue.
8 They drove a little inflatable tow boat strong enough to pull my boat back to the dock.
9 They towed us back to the harbor and mooring. Again, Mike remained at the front of the boat to help guide it.
10 The children were all very good, and very calm. Once we got to the mooring, we all moved to the tow boat to get back to shore.
11 The children and their mothers went first - I was still on the boat, when I took this snapshot.
12 We all got back to shore safely. It was a big learning experience for the children.
13 It wasn't long before all of us were back on safe ground.
14 Thank you, Mike and Blake.
15 Later that afternoon, we were able to get a mechanic to help us make the necessary repairs.
16 Here was a close look at the engine of the boat and the belt which needed fixing.
17 The highlight of the day was when Mike went to pick up our lobsters, which we ordered the day before.
18 Our lobster man, Dennis, left us a crate of live lobsters in the water tied up to his boat.
19 The children were so excited to see the lobsters.
20 Jude, Truman, and Geoffrey's daughters, Madeline and Anna, watched as Mike pulled the crate of lobsters onto the dock.
21 The children anxiously awaited.
22 Mike pulled up the crate.
23 The children couldn't wait until the crate was opened.
24 They were very interested in learning about the lobsters.
25 Everyone was so eager to touch and hold the lobsters.
26 Jude was also excited to hold one.
27 All the children took turns picking up the lobsters.
28 Chef Geoffrey Zakarian was thrilled about the lobsters, too -- can you tell?