We spent two nights at anchor between High Island and Dix Island. On the Fourth of July we went exploring by dinghy and took a nice walk along the beach on Birch Island, another of the many islands we were anchored close to. Of course we had to barbecue to celebrate Independence Day. There were a lot of fireworks displays we could see from the boat but they were all too far away to really enjoy so we didn't spend much time watching them. This morning Bill got up early and took the great picture, above, of the sun rising with a little fog from the cockpit of the boat.
We left this morning and spent part of the day motoring and part of the day sailing. This afternoon we crossed the track we made coming into Penobscot Bay when we first arrived. I guess we can say we have circumnavigated Vinalhaven, although I don't think that is any big deal.
The area we are in now is so densely populated with lobster pots. It is very hard to avoid them, although we do our best. Luckily our boat's bottom and propeller don't have as much a problem if we hit them as a more modern boat would. We were going through all the lobster pots and had almost gotten to our anchorage and a woman was sailing by in a smaller sailboat and she yelled something to us. We couldn't really hear her very well but she was not going to stop until she was sure we had heard her. What she said was "Watch out for that lobsterman, he is crazy!" I guess she must have gotten too close to some of his pots. Luckily we did not experience the crazy lobsterman!
This anchorage is really beautiful. It is always so amazing seeing the difference in our surroundings at high and low tide. The tide is about ten feet here and that is quite significant but common for this part of Maine. The land next to us which was walkable when we got here at low tide is now three separate islands.
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