Monday, August 16, 2010

Sean’s Visit, Somes Sound and Southwest Harbor

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Sean got to the boat around dinner and we had a nice grilled flank steak dinner on Rickshaw.  On Saturday morning we left Northeast Harbor for a tour around the southeastern shore of Mount Desert Island, visiting some of the highlights we had seen from the bus, such as  Thunder Hole where the incoming water rushes through a cave in the side of the shoreline and gets funneled through a hole producing a great display of  ‘thundering’  water.  We didn’t actually get to see it thunder; guess we didn’t hit the tides at the right time. 

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Sean enjoying the scenery

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                             Thunder Hole is big with the tourists, the whole park was packed

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Some random shots of the coastline and pretty cliff dwelling homes

DSC04749A Maine fly on our navigation display.  He is about 1 1/2 long!  Luckily, we didn’t experience any bites from him or his buddies

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Different levels of hikers and climbers were all over the park


See what we mean about lobster floats all over the place?

We also cruised up the entire length of Somes Sound which is the only true fjord in North America, so the guide books say.  Amazing scenery …! 


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A couple of homes in Somes Sound had their decks cantilevered right over the water.  What a view they have!

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Some of the beautiful scenery in Somes Sound and Sean enjoying the view

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Sean taking over the helm and getting some help through the lobster floats

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               It was a picture perfect day                                        A small waterfall

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We saw a sign on the side of Acadia Mountain, in the sound, and went over to investigate.  It was fastened to a rock wall so as to be visible only from the water

We ended up in the small village of Southwest Harbor, again on a mooring, and enjoyed an early lobster dinner at Beal’s Lobster Pound, which has been a staple here for nearly half a century.  Can one have too much lobster? 

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Entering Southwest Harbor.  The Clairmont Hotel and the ‘little house’ on the Clairmont property where we stayed 13 years ago

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       This was a picture within a picture!                       Going to Beal’s Lobster Pound

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                                                                         Yum…enough said!

We got back to Rickshaw after that fabulous meal and we had to teach Sean the game of Mexican Train dominos.  We learned the game from our buddy boat friends, Norm and Vicki.  We each won a game and then Sean finished it off by winning the fourth game and becoming the Rickshaw champion (for the night)!   

Yesterday morning, Sunday, we took Sean in the dingy back to Northeast Harbor, about 3 miles by water, where his car was.  We were sad to see him go but delighted that he was able to come and cruise with us.  He had a 5 hour trip back to Boston and he is a working stiff after all so he had to leave!

We took the dingy back to Southwest Harbor and went to the town dock and walked around some.  Below are some of the sights.

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                                                          Very interesting house


   Lobstermen aren’t allowed to fish on Sunday so I guess they use the day to do chores

We learned from the park ranger on Little Cranberry that the Maine lobster authorities just mandated that all lobster trap “warps” … the line from the float to the trap … be of a certain material by the end of the year.  Currently the lines are either nylon or hemp, so we have learned.  We’ve seen several lobster boats with lots of new line/rope aboard.  So, maybe the boat above in the picture was also in the process.

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                                                                   More pretty gardens

DSC04849                                                      Instead of yard art, I’d call this dock art

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                                                      Southwest Harbor and Rickshaw

DSC04855As we were sitting on the aft deck this guy rowed by with a line to a model sailing ship.  We guess  he made the model and was testing it out!

We are spending a rainy, foggy Monday on Rickshaw.  Today we will be planning our trip back which we will start tomorrow.  We still plan to be in the Hudson River around the 3rd week in September and then back home to NC by mid-October.  What a great trip we have had so far.