Jump to the Maritimes
02 August 2018 | Shelburn, NS
We moved over to Belfast and decided to take a mooring in the harbor near the town dock since the weather was going to be snotty while we were there. We had a great visit with Ann and family and got to see the grandkids. Then we headed back to Rockland to get fuel as they had the best prices we found. It has continued to be foggy most of the time with occasional clear times. We moved in the fog over to the Wooden Boat School on the Eggemoggin Reach for the night. We left there in the morning, again in the fog, and over to Mount Desert and Somes ville at the head of Somes Sound, the only true fiord in the lower 48 states. The fog had cleared in the sound and we had a nice run up to the anchorage. It is one of our favorites with a quiet setting and good connections to the Acadia Bus system. It is sponsored by LL Bean and is a free bus service throughout the park. We really enjoy hiking in the park and the bus lets us explore the entire place. We went down to Southwest Harbor to get some of the great walnut raisin bread from the Little Notch Bakery and a few things from the hardware store. The next day we rode over to Bar Harbor and rented bikes and road the carriage trails, something we’ve longed to do for years. It was a lot of fun and allows you to see the park from a different perspective.
The next day we took a hike and wound up in Northeast Harbor for lunch at the Docksider Restaurant, complete with an excellent piece of blueberry pie. On our final day we hiked to the summit of Penobscot Mountain and then down to the Jordan Pond House for a late lunch. They are famous for their popovers and I had a bowl of excellent chowder.
We came back to the boat and moved back down the sound and anchored outside of Southwest Harbor, staging for an early departure for Nova Scotia. We got an early start at daybreak, timed to catch a fair tide at Cape Sable off the southern tip of Nova Scotia. We threaded our way out the Eastern Way south of Mount Desert Island through the many Lobster pot markers. It was a clear day to start but soon we were back in the fog. We were in and out of fog banks as we headed south east and as the sun went down the fog became solid. We spent the night dodging fishing boats, motor sailing in calm seas. We rounded the cape and turned northeast toward Shelburne. It was hard to believe it was the first day of August as we had on winter gear because of the cold damp fog. As we rounded Cape Rosier, the fog lifted and we had a beautiful ride up Shelburne Bay to the town of Shelburne. We picked up a mooring at the yacht club and I went in to clear customs and immigration. As it was last time, it was a painless phone call to do the formalities and the agent was very friendly. We walked to the phone store and got a SIM card for the local cell service and although fairly expensive, we were able to get a data connection for 2 gigs, and 100 minutes of calling to the US for around a hundred bucks Canadian, hopefully enough for the time we’re here.
Our plan is to sit tomorrow and do some boat chores and wait out some weather. Then on Friday we’ll head east toward Newfoundland in a couple of big jumps. Look for some pictures in the gallery.