We are now moored in Lunt Harbor, Frenchboro, Long Island. This seemingly remote island lies only 8 miles from Mount Desert Island but could be a world away. Apparently there are about 70 islanders who live in this lobstering community year round . We can only guess what it must be like here in the Winter - it certainly seems remote and wild enough in the Summer. There is a lot of activity on the lobster wharf, a cluster of houses around the harbor and not much else. There is a seasonal restaurant providing lobster rolls to visiting boaters but no general store. A ferry to the mainland runs every other week! Otherwise the islanders have to be self sufficient. Most of the island is undeveloped and is now conserved land. A wonderful system of trails has been cut and is maintained by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. We have spent a happy two days here hiking the trails, buying fresh lobster to steam on Osprey and eating lobster rolls for lunch - we feel we have to do our bit to help the island's economy!
Photo is of the Isleford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island
If once you have slept on an island,
You'll never be quite the same;
You may look as you looked the day before
And go by the same old name,
You may bustle about in street and shop;
You may sit at home and sew,
But you'll see blue water and wheeling gulls
Wherever your feet may go.
You may chat with neighbors of this and that
And close your fire keep,
But you'll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell
And tides beat through your sleep.
Oh, you won't know why,
And you can't say how
Such change upon you came,
But once you have slept on an island
You'll never be quite the same!
Sept 7, 1929
Sutton Island, Maine
Poem written for William Otis Sawtellle,
Founder of the Isleford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island
Had just a short trip over to this wonderful small island today. Here we are securely tied to a "Town Guest" Mooring. This means it is free! How brilliant is that? As far as we can tell there are three such moorings and we can only imagine they are placed and maintained to encourage visitors to this tiny community - we are happy to oblige.
As we traveled to our destination today we were rewarded with amazing views of Mount Cadillac. At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and is the first place to view the sunrise in the United States from October 7 through March 6. It is one of over 20 mountains on Mount Dessert Island that were pushed up by earth's tectonic and volcanic forces millions of years ago. Were it not for the huge glaciers that sheared off their tops, they would be even higher than what we see today. The mountain is largely composed of pink granite with forests of spruce and pitch pine. It was named in honor of the French explorer and adventurer, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac. This gentleman went on to found Detroit and the Cadillac automobile is named after him!