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

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…

Kayaking Narraguagus Bay

Thursday, July 30, to the Narraguagus River and return: It was a beautiful early morning, and I caught the high tide (one cannot launch a kayak from the mud flats easily, so high tide is when you take a boat out!) to explore up the creek that’s mud most of the day:  Narragaugus R. in  creekNarragaugus R. tree blocking creekNarragaugus R. out creekThat tree limits progress upstream; I was hoping to get to the bridge that carries the drive to the house, but it was not to be. Then out to Narraguagus Bay, which is what the house looks out on. Narragaugus R. viewNarragaugus R. rock, Sand CoveNarragaugus R. point/reflectionSitting on Crow Rock was an eagle – being harassed by terns, which were being harassed by crows. Narragaugus R. eagle on Crow Is.Narragaugus R. cormorantsOn around to the mouth of the Narraguagus River, admiring this pretty little sailboat,Narragaugus R. sailboat 1this mysterious man standing around, Narragaugus R. mystery manand on up a little way until I could see the village of Milbridge. Narragaugus R. MilbridgeBack past the cove with the sailboat, and a view of the lobster boats across the river:

and return, with a view of the houses, and past Sand Cove. The big rock is a landmark – you know you’re almost home. Narragaugus R. Spring and NeapNarragaugus R. Sand Cove reflectionNarragaugus R. our rock

Kayaking around Pinkham Island, Maine

Pinkham Island Preserve signSunday, July 26, Milbridge, Maine: My two friends and I went out in the kayaks, to circumnavigate Pinkham Island. Before we’d gone far, we saw three of the eagles that apparently nest on Pinkham Island – at least, one is not supposed to hike the island until mid-August, so as not to disturb them. Pinkham eagleOur goal was to pick up trash from along the shoreline, with particular attention to lobster bouys, with which to enhance the bridge – photo some future post! There is way too much plastic littering the shoreline, and we loaded all three kayaks. IMG_8947 (1)IMG_8943Pinkham rock w/ferns

Pinkham Is. return, TashaTosha was very happy to see her people return!

Roadtrek Roadtrip, More Maine

Thursday, September 5: It was windy again, and the others had other things on the agenda besides taking boats out. I spent time with my knitting, and blogging, and catching up on e-mail, but the best part of the afternoon we spent on the beach. Mat even went swimming! Springtide in waterSprintide sunset/moonFriday, September 6: This was my departure day, heading on north and east. Besides a stop for fuel, my first real stop was at Cathance Lk signwhere I put kayak on water. It was windy – and it’s a large, open lake, so I started out staying close to shore. This was about as open as I was willing to go, until the wind mellowed. Cathance lk viewThe island to the right seems to be public land. Cathance lk no fires

Cathance lk red berriesCathance lk tall shipCathance lk  crossingBack to the Roadtrek, loading up, and heading for the Canadian border at Calais. Canadian flag

Roadtrek Roadtrip, Springtide Continued

Wednesday, September 4: The weather was not as perfect, with more intermittent fog and more wind and less sun. I spent more time walking the grounds, looking at the views, checking out the rugosa roses, walking the beach.

Springtide rocky beachSpringtide beach treesSpringtide beach viewIt is rare, on the coast of Maine, to find a true sand beach. There are too many rocks! But this is one of them – beautiful fine sand. Going out to mud flats at low tide, but that means that when the tide comes in over the sun-warmed mud, the water is warm – at least for Maine! Those mud flats also grow clams; Matt went out and harvested enough for a generous pig-out for one of our meals.  Before and after: Springtide clams beforeSpringtide clams afterDriftwood texture:Springtide beach grainAnd there were more of the rocks that looked like someone drew paint lines on them. Springtide rock art 1There are no photos of the rough water when I took the kayak out – I went around the point to a more sheltered area. Beaver Meadow Brook is actually multiple branches, and I explored them, going to the ends of two. But the camera went back in the dry bag, and the spray skirt went on the kayak, before bashing my way through the white caps rolling over my bow on the way back!  Beaver Meadow Brook startBeaver Meadow Brook viewBeaver Meadow Brook boat/cormorantBeaver Meadow Brook shackBeaver Meadow Brook return

Roadtrek Roadtrip, Springtide

SpringtideMonday, September 2: It was time to say goodby to Lise, and go a few miles up the road, through Milbridge, Maine, and on out to visit Springtide, the house on Narragaugus Bay belonging to my friends Nat and Matt. As I approached, Matt popped out of the woods, thinking I was a lost stranger, I think – he wasn’t expecting the Roadtrek. Over the next three days, I took a few pictures of this view over their rugosa roses.  Springtide foggy viewSpringtide foggy viewYes, the islands are out there – one must have faith the Maine fog will lift! Springtide sunset/islandsThere’s a place to launch kayaks in a sheltered cove behind the house – Springtide launchalthough about half the time, the tide is too low to launch there, so we planned our outings around that.

Tuesday, September 3: Our adventure of the day was to paddle around Foster Island, a good sized island across Narragaugus Bay. It was very calm, with good visibility, and an easy paddle.   Springtide NatSpringtide tree sculptureSpringtide Matt

The natural veins in these rocks looked like someone had painted them – especially the one on the right, which looks like a person to me!   Those same islands, from a different point of view:Springtide view to seaRockweed:  Springtide rockweedA seal poked its head up –  Springtide sealSpringtide view over rocksSpringtide admiring viewSpringtide sandpipersReturning to the house, there were lots of butterflies flitting around the perennial gardens.

Springtide butterfly on hydrangea

Roadtrek Roadtrip, Coastal Maine

Labor Day Weekend, August 31: My friend Lise’s family has had a small cabin on the Maine Coast for decades, and I was invited to join her there for the weekend. I pulled in late that morning, and the rest of the day was spent sitting and walking along the rocky shore, sitting on the screen porch, knitting on the porch and on the shore, and eating, of course! This chair settled on the carpet of moss is one of the first things I noticed.Wagner moss chairLocal wild cranberries:  Wagner cranberriesWagner buried floatWagner indian pipeThe view from the porch – it is through the screen, so not as clear as outside. Wagner view from porchViews north and south: Wagner view northWagner view southWagner lobster boatWagner rabbitAnd in the evening, back down to the shore for evening light. Wagner eveningWagner Petit Manan light, evening

Sunday, September 1: We went out for lobster rolls, headed for Corea. Along the way, we stopped to admire this occupied osprey nest.  adventuring Corea ospreyadventuring Corea ospreysIn all, we were able to see two adults and three teen chicks – a huge load for that one nest! All the birds were gone as we drove out after eating lunch. But first, we walked as much as we could of adventuring Corea Heath signWe should have heeded this warning: adventuring Corea Mosquitoadventuring Corea Heath blueberries

This was the highest point on the trail – but downhill a bit, and we came to where we’d have to wade to get through.

adventuring Corea Heath rocky

adventuring Corea Heath open wateradventuring Corea Heath wet trailThe boardwalk is not enough to counter what they say is beavers working!

Then it was on to adventuring Corea Lunch signfor traditional, and delicious, lobster rolls. Eating is mostly outdoors, with spectacular scenery – adventuring Corea lunch viewadventuring Corea harborThen we drove to Winter Harbor, where Lise knows people; we visited Harriet and her daughter – and the art gallery where they live, and Wendilee (www.whopaints.com) creates amazing artwork.

Taking a different route back, we stopped at Pinkham Bay, where the bridge over the river looks like it serves as a dam; upstream is a lake, but downstream, the outgoing tide was rushing through. All of these photos were taken from the boat ramp there, looking down bay.

adventuring Pinkham Bay southWe also went to All Souls Chapel, in an enclave reached by driving through the wildlife refuge that is just beyond the cabin. We stopped at this charming place where her sister was married. adventuring All Souls Chapeladventuring All Souls Chapel insideBack to the cabin, and another walk to the shore – Wagner's heron at dusk