Rockland/Warren Island/Bucks HarborCathy
Sunday we left Rockport and headed back to Rockland. We decided to go out for dinner at the Samoset Resort to celebrate another great month on the water. The Samoset is absolutely beautiful and the meal at the La Bella Vita restaurant was delicious. I had the lobster ravioli. I am still not sick of eating lobster. I haven't had my steamed lobster dinner yet; I am waiting for the Lobster Fest in Frenchboro. My friend Edie says it's great and the best part is the homemade pie the ladies on the island make for dessert. The fest is the second weekend in August.
We left Southwest Harbor on a clear, but windy day and made our way to Stonington, which is at the southern tip of Deer Island. The trip was fine despite the wind and we made it in good time. We took a mooring at Billings Diesel and Marine, a working boatyard. Stonington Harbor is reserved for lobster boats and there were thousands of them. They say the loudest and fastest lobster boats can be found here and they were not kidding. The guidebooks said that they can be a bit rude to pleasure boaters, but I have found just the opposite. This is the only place that the men on the lobster boats actually wave to me, that usually does not happen.
Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert IslandCathy
Well it turned out to be a rainy, windy day after all in Bucks Harbor and we never left the boat. We did some boat chores, but it was a lazy day. You need one of these days once and awhile to slow the pace down. On Sunday morning the sun was out and it was a beautiful day to head to Northeast Harbor at Mount Desert Island. We left Bucks Harbor with Gypsea not far behind us around 10:00.
Belfast and Bucks HarborCathy
We headed to Belfast on Monday as planned and the trip was an easy one. The bay was as smooth as glass. We did notice a lot of debris in the water, branches and logs, but not as many lobster pots in Belfast Bay. Belfast is at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River and if you continued up that river you would end up in Bangor. It certainly is a change going from a secluded state park to a city. We stayed at the Front Street Shipyard, which works on very large boats. Denise and I watched them haul out an 80-foot boat and they did not even use the largest travel lift they had. We are on a harbor float dock with Seaquill on the other side. Gypsea is a few floats down. I do like floats better than moorings, as we do not swing with the tide when we are on these. Troy also likes these so he can jump off the boat and visit with Seaquill.
Camden/Warren Island State ParkCathy
We spent four great days in Camden. It is a beautiful town to walk around in with nice shops, restaurants and pretty homes. We loved being on the harbor float with Seaquill; even Troy thought it was great because now he had two boats to walk around on. He could only jump on Seaquill when Jack was not aboard, as Jack is allergic to cats. We had a great spot to watch all the activity in the harbor, boats coming and going, boats being commissioned over at the marina and the schooners taking tourists out for a sail.
07/08/2015, Rockland to Camden
The Sawicki party on Silver Lake in New Hampshire was a lot of fun. It was a very long drive but we are so glad we went. We had a great time with all of our family and got to visit with ones we haven't seen in years. George had fun driving Jim's new party barge around the lake he grew up on. Troy was so happy to see us when we returned in the early evening. He does not usually stay on the boat alone that long, but I am sure he slept most of the time we were gone, or sat up on the NAV station looking out the window at the boats and seagulls.
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