We’ve loved Mt. Desert Island since the first time we were here 10 years ago, and, like a decade ago, we are spending weeks rather than days here. We’ve been in the same anchorage for 2 weeks and we aren’t showing any signs of getting ready to head out. Once we arrived we didn’t see any more of those pesky flies, we had remarkably nice weather, and our friends Jage and Bob aboard Beach House were here for company - all making it easier to stay!
We have been anchored in a calm and wildlife rich spot near the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor. A majority of the Acadia National Park is on Mt. Desert Island and there is so much to do here. We can hike breathtaking coastland or magnificent woodlands, bike miles of pleasant carriage roads, and browse the museums and shops of the park and the quaint coastal towns. We aren’t quite as connected up here as we were just a few miles south - we don’t have wifi or TV at anchor, and we don’t have predictable cell service at the boat or even in town. So, at the moment we are sitting in Southwest Harbor’s charming library, where the wifi is free and plentiful.
We aren’t quite sure what we’ll be doing with our next couple of weeks. There are really only two choices, stay-put or move-on, and we haven’t quite decided. We thought that if we came here we might be ending our chances of getting to Canada this year, and this is the case. Our Canadian courtesy flag will just have to stand by for another year.
What we are sure of is that we are planning on meeting friends further south in mid September and then moving on down to Annapolis around September 23. We’ll stay at Woodsback Marina again this year while we work the boat shows. We are planning to drive down to NC at the end of October for a quick visit before sailing down to the Caribbean in November. We’ll be leaving the boat for several weeks in December while we go to Austria for the holidays. Rockhopper will be ready for Caribbean guests by mid-January.
44°16.770N 068°18.549W; Southwest Harbor, ME; 18Aug16…
It has been a long time since we’ve posted any photos, so here are a few:
|A foggy morning race|
|You are right Denise, once you start looking, owls ARE everywhere!|
|Echo Lake and Somes Sound behind it were formed by glaciers|
|A carriage road bridge|
|We really appreciate the beautiful gardens.|