Crossing Penobscot Bay
13 August 2015 | High Island, Muscle Ridge Channel, Mid-Coast Maine
CH/ Sunny, warm, good sailing winds
Again we were concerned about the weather. This time, not due to storms, but the lack of wind predicted for the next three days was a little disheartening considering we had a long way to travel back to Freeport and plane tickets to catch upon return. We knew it would still be gorgeous to motor, but it's just not the same.
After motoring just to get to Mark Island area of Penobscot Bay, we were pleasantly surprised with 10-15 knot winds. We hoisted up the sails, and this enabled us to travel calmly at about 4.5 knots directly in the direction we wanted to go -- Fox Island Thorofare. Last summer, Peter and I had biked from Pulpit Harbor to North Harbor, but we had never boated through it. Surprisingly, there were farms, wooded edges, cozy little coves amongst the busy boating traffic. We decided to get fuel as we passed the town since it was so close.
After the stop we cruised the Thorofare back out into the other side of the bay. Happily, the wind had picked up and we considered going even farther than to Dix Island in Muscle Ridge Channel. In the end, we were ready to stop, even though we were tempted to keep at it with the good winds. We anchored among several other cruisers, and there was a bit of a rock at the incoming tide, but all in all it was a calm night. Before dinner, we decided to explore High Island quarry. In the quarry was some fresh water we couldn't resist -- it felt so good to swim in the warm, fresh water. At one point on Dix Island there were 2000 quarrymen, towns, railroads, opera houses, etc! Funny to explore what seems like rock pile stories of a bygone era in this Maine wilderness.