Kayaking Narraguagus Bay, Return

Wednesday, June 15: After landing kayaks on the beach yesterday, I needed to bring mine back around to the regular landing, where it’s a much easier carry up to the house (and the Roadtrek!) Aiming for high tide would make landing easier, so I set out well before the tide would be highest. First I paddled around the point, and out toward Pinkham Island where we’d been the day before. Wind was funneling through the slot between pieces of land, so I paddled back to the cove with the beach, and paddled around that – and that’s where the above photo was taken. If you zoom in, you can see the fish jumping – a school of menhaden (pogies) was being chased by seals. This is the first visit I’ve been able to observe this, but we saw it several times; the seals would push the school of fish (the dark area) into more shallow water, and they would try to escape becoming food by leaping from the water by the dozens. Or hundreds! I never did get a good photo of one of the seals, although we saw them many times.

Along the shore there were more lupines:

With more time before the tide was at its highest, I went as far up the creek as I could:

and then down, before hauling out on the flooded grasses.

My friends the homeowners have made some improvements since my last visit; the terns along the deck channel water away from the house quite effectively. I could have gotten a photo of them doing that – if I’d wanted to go out with my camera in the pouring rain! And I like how the shadows hit the columns when the  sun is right. There’s also a new weathervane on the roof.

On Thursday I headed for home, and will end with one photo taken from along the road – another fish! (A rockfish??) This one is high and dry, not far from Conway, New Hampshire.

Hanging Out in Milbridge, Maine

Saturday, June 11 – Monday, June 13: These days were spent hanging out, with a lot of knitting. The above is the view from my knitting chair on the porch. There was some rain, and a lot of sun; the rugosa roses were just getting going. These are different shades of pink, and white, and the area buzzes with pollinators and hummingbirds.

It is such a rough life! Those first few days, the most ambitious I was was to walk down to the beach with my hosts, and share cooking.

I think of these shaggy rockweed covered rocks at low tide as heffalumps, creatures from the “Winnie the Pooh” books.

One name of the full moon for this month is the “Rose Moon” – appropriate, given the great wall of them blooming now!

Another Day Trip: Schoodic Peninsula

The inspiration for this trip was US Bells – I have coveted their larger bells for decades, since I first heard the resonant tone of them. They are amazing – and the family now includes potters, fiber art, and I’m not sure what else – I was focused on the bells! I came home with this one, although I may have to find a windier place for it.US BellsThen we proceeded to wander through shops in Winter Harbor, Winter Harbor bouysand then around through that section of Acadia National Park, with great views of the water. I’ve been here before, both by land and by sea, and it never disappoints.

Kayaking Narragaugus Back Bay

Narragaugus Back Bay launchFriday, July 31: High tide was relatively early in the morning – and it was a beautiful day! The highlight was watching three otters cavort in the water along the shoreline – but that photo only shows a couple of heads. Here’s one that left the water, and scampered up the rocks. You have to look for the tail center right – its camo is good! Narragaugus Back Bay otterNarragaugus Back Bay deerNarragaugus Back Bay viewNarragaugus Back Bay view 2Narragaugus Back Bay accumulateNarragaugus Back Bay where feathers come fromWhere the feathers come from – for my favorite photo of the day: Narragaugus Back Bay featherAnd later in the day, an illustration of why one goes out around high tide! Narragaugus Back Bay dry launch

McClellan Park Day Trip

McClellan Park sign

Thursday, July 30: The household took a lunch break at McClellan Park. Another beautiful day, and the park is along Narraguagus Bay. McClellan Park view 4McClellan Park view 2McClellan Park view 3McClellan Park viewMcClellan Park view 5McClellan Park view 1Those more agile than I walked the rocks further, exploring tide pools.  McClellan Park Tasha & NatThis wood lily is one none of us had seen before.

McClellan Park fernAnother beautiful day in the neighborhood!

A Week at Springtide, Milbridge, Maine

Part 1 – because there are too many beautiful sights and views for just one post! I’m not including the kayaking pictures, as they are their own stories. I’ll start with a photo from the last post kayaking, though, of Springtide, the primary house, and Neaptide, the guest cottage/rental unit. Between them is my Roadtrek, on a campsite with plenty of privacy and a view of Sand Cove.

Sand Cove at high tide – especially an afternoon high tide when the water has come in over the sun-warmed mud flats – is a perfect sandy beach for swimming. At low tide, the mud plats provide clamming opportunities. From the beach:

Springtide sculptureSpringtide striationsAnd the rocky shore: Springtide view from pointAnd the deck:Springtide tanbarkSpringtide hummer

Springtide wooly mammothsI think of these as woolly mammoths, but maybe they are mastodons, or heffalumps…