USA Bound – landing in MAINE
A more beautiful spot to reenter the states cannot be found than Northeast Harbor on Mt Desert Island. (Mt Desert is pronounced more like “dessert” – but that is a whole other story relating to the French early explorers!) Mt Desert is now home to Acadia National Park with dramatic Cadillac Mountain, Somes Sound fjord, and miles and miles of rocky shoreline. Northeast is a quiet version of the hectic Bar Harbor conveniently located a short Explorer Bus ride away. Thanks largely to LLBean, the buses run around the park and the island communities making this a very easy place to visit for those like us without four wheels.
The buses do accommodate two wheelers so we could have also taken advantage of the carriage trails that lace the park. However, we opted to do a little walking – a gentle trail skirts Elliot Mountain connecting NE with Jordon Pond House – where their famous popovers and tea (or Prosecco) can be had (and was) before walking the lake trail. After our physical exertions and therapeutic chats with Suzanne and Marty from Alizann, we took one of those free buses back to our dinks.
A ranger led boat tour of the Cranberry Islands, the museum in Islesford and a peek at Somes Sound Fjord might seem crazy for people who live on a boat, but was educational as well as entertaining.
It is easy to rusticate here almost in the style of those gilded age folks – munching on fresh lobster harvested from the working boats just a few floats away. We didn’t even mind that they left for work at 0 dark 30…..
OK Steve did not do much rusticating. He washed and waxed his heart out – shining up Erben Renewal after our salty crossing – 23+ hours from Cape Negro.
We did follow Alizann across and were glad to enjoy a few more days of their company. We a hoping to again see them down the line when they return from a “wedding break” and head south.
Until then, in clean and shiny form, we are set to wander in Maine, slowly heading toward the Big Apple by the end of the month….