On to Maine
21 July 2018 | Seal Bay, Vinalhaven, Maine
We spent a day on the Gloucester waterfront, seeing the famous fisherman's memorial and the beautiful flowers and parks. We also had lunch at the Sea port Grill, and I would highly recommend it. I had the best seafood stew ever, enough for both of us. The next day we were off to Portland, another spot we had wanted to stop to see but never had taken the time. By now we had decided to visit Maine first since Chris and Beryl were forecast to stir up the waters off the Canadian Maritimes. We had a motor sail up and got into the harbor planning to take a mooring but found that they hadn't gotten them in yet so we anchored off the Portland Marine Services docks. We spent a couple of days sightseeing the town and sampling the local cuisine. It's a very scenic place with the waterfront docks full of ferries, schooners and fishing boats. We weathered a thunderstorm there that had a microburst of 58 knots and laid us over on our beam and put the rail in the water. Thank goodness the anchor held and all was well. Several other boats didn't fare as well with several dragged and some capsized. Then we sailed up to Quahog Bay and spent a couple of days lounging in the beauty of that place. It was also a convenient place to wait out some weather passing by. The next stop was Southport to visit old Whitby friends, Bruce and Maureen. Southport is near Boothbay Harbor, a touristy place, but is removed from all that and is a really laid back Maine community. Their boat was out of the water, so they were kind enough to let us take their mooring. We enjoyed catching up and had dinner at the local dining establishment. We also joined them for a memorable dinner at the yacht club for a lobster bake, which included not only lobster, but chowder, corn on the cob, potatoes, baked beans, steamed clams, BBQ chicken, BBQ pork, and potato salad. No hunger after that. We were also joined by Jack and Carol, more Whitby friends for a wonderful beach hamburger cookout on Spectacle Island. We hated to leave their hospitality, but we needed to move up to Rockland and Penobscot Bay. That day was so foggy that we missed all the sights on the way and the fog only lifted as we entered Rockland Harbor. We spent a couple of days enjoying Rockland and waiting out a frontal passage. Molly got to her favorite bookstore and I made my mandatory stop at Hamilton Marine. We enjoyed the delights of the local cuisine at a couple of the many good restaurants. Then we went over to Perry Creek on Vinalhaven Island, to see old friends Allan and Cathy of Evening Star. We had met them and their son when we were out cruising with Lisa in the 90's. Those two never change. They and their boat seem in a time warp and are just as they were when we first met them. It was great catching up and telling stories. Now we are sitting in Seal Bay on Vinalhaven, a remote bay and as you might imagine full of seals. It's one of our favorites and we really enjoy watching the antics of the seals. We are waiting out another batch of weather. Hopefully, today after the fog lifts, we will move over to Belfast for a visit with Molly's sister Ann and family. We have no Internet here, so I'll post this via radio and post the pictures later when we do have internet.