• Outer Brewster Island

    Outer Brewster belongs to the group of outer islands in Boston Harbor that sometimes are called just the Brewsters. One of them, Great Brewster Island, we explored the year before. Just like it, Outer Brewster is called by the name of its former owner William Brewster (ca. 1566–1644), the elder and spiritual leader of the Pilgrims, who came to the New World in 1620 on the Mayflower.


  • Georges Island

    One day in September we were meandering around in Boston Harbor under sail. In the boat with me were my esteemed Father, who had just come over from Moscow to visit us, and was looking for new experiences, and Sergey, who had graciously agreed to help us with sail handling.


  • Snow, The Flying Santa

    As I write more and more about the islands and lighthouses of Boston and beyond, it is inevitable that I'd mention one very colorful character: Edward Rowe Snow (1902–1982), Boston maritime historian, author, lecturer, activist and enthusiast.


  • Sailing As Not Only A Metaphor

    After talking a lot about sailing, and also introducing the concept of slow life, I think it is a good time to talk about them together.


  • The Soft Music Of Spokes

    A few years ago I did my longest solo, self-supported bike trip: nine days from Boston to Niagara Falls. When I approached the Niagara River, I crossed into Canada. The border crossing was on a multi-lane divided highway in front of a bridge across the river; there was no way around it. So I merged into the highway, feeling somewhat out of place among all those cars and trucks. The Canadian border guard looked at me and my bike with a clear suspicion.