On The Mailboat Run

IMG_4630Kish is a savvy traveler.  She does her homework, and finds bargains and options that other people just don’t know about.  I happily enjoy the fruits of her labors.

We wanted to get out on the water in Portland, and she suggested the mailboat run on the Casco Bay Lines.  You could take a private cruise, I suppose, but the mailboat run is a lot more interesting and probably cheaper, besides.

IMG_4600For only $13.50, you board an actual mailboat that takes mail and other supplies out to islands in the Casco Bay.  You sit up front with the locals while the crew works their tails off to the aft, offloading mail and pallets of supplies.  For more than two hours you steam along, stopping at Great Diamond Island, Long Island, Cliff Island, and finally Great Chebeague Island before the boat turns and heads back to Portland.

If you’re lucky enough to have good weather and sit next to a friendly native of Great Chebeague Island you can enjoy a lovely cruise and pick up some of the local lore, too — like how the Bay was outfitted during World War II, why the clouds tend to stay above the land while the sky above the sea is blue, how lobstermen guard their trapping territory, and why locals despise the ugly abandoned power plant smokestack that mars the view back toward the mainland — but also use the smokestack as a marker when they’re fishing.

Casco Bay is a lovely area, and the homes on the islands are stunning.  Kish and I came back with sunburns and a slightly deeper understanding of what it must be like to live on an island in the sea.IMG_4644

We’re No. 722,981 (Or No. 1,765,985)!

URL Metrics somehow tracks all of the websites in the world and then ranks them by number of visitors, pages read, and trends, among other measurements.  The information helps companies decide where to place their internet advertising dollars.

IMG_4561So, where does the humble Webner House blog rank, according to URL Metrics?  In a pretty humble position, actually.  URL Metrics places our blog at number 722,981 in the United States and number 1,765,985 worldwide.  In short, we’re not exactly setting the world on fire, here.

Even more embarrassing, URL Metrics somehow calculated our “value per visitor” metric (whatever that is) at $0.06, and our overall “estimated worth” at $1,378.79.  Our value to our readers therefore is less than the value of the loose change you would find behind the average American couch cushion.  Whoo-hoo!

There is some good news, however.  Our 90-day trend lines apparently are positive.  We’ve moved up 9,396,814 slots on the worldwide rank and more than 10 million slots in the crucial “daily page views rank” metric.  I think that basically means we’re kicking the butts of millions of recently abandoned websites across the globe.

Thanks to all of our patient and loyal readers for sticking with our little six-cent venture!