Brilliant Days

29 August 2017 | Buckle Island and North Haven, ME
27 August 2017 | Northeast Harbor, ME
25 August 2017 | Frenchboro, Long Island, ME
22 August 2017 | Hurricane Island
01 August 2017 | Dix Island, ME
31 July 2017 | Tenants Harbor, ME
24 July 2017 | Penobscot Bay
11 May 2017 | Camden, ME
09 May 2017 | Georgetown, ME
08 May 2017 | Rockport, MA
07 May 2017 | Onset, MA
02 May 2017 | Barrington, RI
30 April 2017 | Duck Island, CT
29 April 2017 | Stamford, CT
28 April 2017 | Sandy Hook, NJ
27 April 2017 | Atlantic City
26 April 2017 | Cape May, NJ
23 April 2017 | Delaware City, DE
21 April 2017 | Annapolis, MD
19 April 2017 | Annapolis, MD

Wending our way West

29 August 2017 | Buckle Island and North Haven, ME
Rich
We did visit Thuya Gardens overlooking Northeast Harbor early yesterday and found them as beautiful as we had remembered (see picture). After lunch on board we made our dinghy outboard happy by filling its tank at a neighboring marina, one of two we have found in Maine that offers ethanol-free gas, and then departed. We anchored yesterday afternoon off privately owned and uninhabited Buckle Island, along with three sailboats. The island's owners allow visitors so we beached the dinghy on shore this morning and hiked around the small island. Highlights were great scenery and a series of fairy houses left by previous visitors. After lunch we continued west toward Camden and moored for the night off North Haven village, where we had a truly excellent meal at the Nebo Lodge restaurant that we have been meaning to try for several years. Tomorrow we will head for home.

Touring Acadia

27 August 2017 | Northeast Harbor, ME
Rich
We finished up on Little Cranberry yesterday with a morning visit to the island's artist coop art gallery, the recently opened Ashley Bryan "Storybook Center" and the island museum which had a new and interesting exhibit on the history of the island's long term summer and year round families. After lunch on board we transited the four miles to Northeast Harbor and moored in time to spend some time on the porch of the Asticou Hotel enjoying drinks and snacks and a revisit to their Japanese garden. Today we took the free island bus to Jordan Pond (pictured) in Acadia National Park where we hiked the three mile path around the pond and again enjoyed some drinks and snacks in their outdoor restaurant overlooking the pond. Jordan Pond is one of the most popular attractions in Acadia and unlike our solitary walks on the islands we were joined by a small throng of tourists from various states and countries. Tomorrow morning we will revisit the Thuya Gardens on the hill overlooking the harbor and then depart for a meandering three day trip back to Camden.

In Search of Lobsters

25 August 2017 | Frenchboro, Long Island, ME
Rich
We got underway yesterday morning for a week of cruising with a forecast of continuous clear dry weather with daily temperatures in the high sixties and low seventies for the entire period - we shall see. Our first destination was Lunt Harbor in Frenchboro on Long Island, about 30 miles east of Camden. Rich's sister Andrea and her husband Ben were also out on his boat, Gizmo, and we planned to have lobsters together on the harbor dock at Lunt's Lobster Deli. Unfortunately when we arrived ashore together at 5 pm we saw a handwritten note on the door saying that for the next two weeks they would only be open for lunch until they close for the season on Labor Day. We then decided to meet there for lunch today and this morning discovered a new handwritten note saying closed today due to no help available. We did enjoy a very scenic two hour hike around the island during which we learned from a local that today was the one day that two ferries were scheduled to and from the island so that the Deli help was probably taking advantage of being able to shop on the mainland and return on the same day as there is no shopping on the island. Rather than wait to see if the Deli would really open tomorrow we moved on to Little Cranberry Island this afternoon and had a really nice meal at their Dock restaurant with our neighbors from Camden, Evelyn and Harvey, who live here in the summer. The picture is looking southeast as we hiked around Long Island.

More Summer Adventures

22 August 2017 | Hurricane Island
Rich
We have spent some time entertaining friends and neighbors on Brilliant this month. On the 10th our friends Dave and Kate joined us for a trip to Searsport where we used a free town mooring and revisited the excellent Penobscot Bay Maritime Museum. On the 15th we planned a day trip with our neighbors Len and Jeff and former neighbors Dan and Sue but dense fog for the entire day resulted instead in a long and enjoyable lunch on board tied up to our mooring in Sherman Cove. Beth and Jared also came to visit for a few days last week but on the two days that Beth was not working remotely the weather again precluded a planned overnight boat trip. Jared and I did spend one day in the outer harbor taking turns in our kayak and dinghy - his first time solo driving the dinghy - and a good time was had by all. Yesterday we (Hildy and Rich) cruised to Hurricane Island, off the southeast side of Vinalhaven, where we moored overnight and spent this morning hiking around the island. It is privately owned but the owners only use one end of the island where they have a fairly impressive unique looking house. The remainder of the island was used for years by the Outward Bound program, which moved to the mainland a few years ago and it is now used by the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership which is a nonprofit for marine research which runs summer programs for teen students and workshops for teachers and adult learners in the fall and spring. Apart from all that the island was a granite quarry and polishing center until the early 20th century and has spectacular scenery and hiking trails that we thoroughly enjoyed. The picture is of a granite outdoor oven and stove used by the program with Brilliant moored in the background. More pictures will be added to the gallery.

Another New Spot

01 August 2017 | Dix Island, ME
Rich
We left Tenant's Harbor after a lazy morning and breakfast and cruised several miles north to a group of small islands at the north end of the Muscle Ridge Channel. We anchored between Dix, High and Birch Islands. High and Dix Islands were granite quarrying sites in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the attached picture gallery is a picture of one of the two granite wharves on High Island that were used to load massive pieces of granite onto ships before the days of heavy machinery. Granite was shipped from here to, among other things, build post offices in New York, Philadelphia and Charleston. At its peak there were more than 2000 quarymen and 150 buildings on Dix Island. Today it is owned by a private association with a few houses, no electricity and hand pumped water. We did walk around the island, heeding the sign shown in the picture and saw some great views of the surrounding islands. I'm adding more pictures to the attached gallery of our latest travels. At the end of the day we headed back to Camden, arriving as the sun set over the Camden Hills. We chose not to stay out another night as thick fog was (correctly) predicted for the next morning.

A New Spot

31 July 2017 | Tenants Harbor, ME
Rich
Taking advantage of another spell of beautiful weather we headed to Tenant's Harbor off Muscle Ridge Channel, about 18 miles south of Camden. We had passed by there many times on our way to and from Rhode Island in the past but had never stopped. The harbor is full of a mix of lobster boats and summer cruisers. We took a mooring and then spent a few hours walking around the harbor, chatting with people in three of their four stores (a food market/gas station, a gift and antique shop and a small book store in a house) and visiting their excellent new library and an art gallery. Tenant's Harbor is in the town of St. George, hence the sculpture of St. George and the Dragon outside the town hall. After a pleasant supper and night on the mooring we will explore some islands we have also bypassed in the past on our way back to Camden.
Vessel Name: Brilliant
Vessel Make/Model: Grand Banks 42
Hailing Port: Camden, ME
Crew: Rich and Hildy Itkin
Brilliant's Photos - Main
Summer 2017
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Created 24 July 2017

Who: Rich and Hildy Itkin
Port: Camden, ME