Taking It All In

I never tire of what I see of Maine from the water, and today I paid special attention knowing that it’s the last boat outing of the season.

The destination is North Haven, one of the more than 3,000 islands off the coast and one of the 15 or so that can still claim a year round population.

North Haven has the feeling of having been there for a very long time.  The post office, the American Legion hall, the church have seen generations come and go.

The permanent population is less than 400, but in the summer that number swells considerably with the return of families who’ve had  seasonal homes on North Haven for years.  Getting there can be done only by boat or ferry, and if you take the ferry you don’t want to miss the last one.

This day was a quiet one on the island.  Most of the people from away are gone and residents are getting ready for the oncoming winter.

A shop or two is still open

and the island eatery is serving its last sandwiches and ice cream.  As you can see, the choices are limited!

Lobstermen and women are still at work, and at the end of the day they take time out for a few laughs and easy conversation about the day’s haul.

Leaving the island behind and heading back to Rockport Harbor, I take it all in.  

The Camden Hills are hazy in the distance,

islands are lit by the afternoon sun,

the wind turbines on Vinalhaven sing their song,

the shoreline makes me think of a painting.

Best of all, ahead, Indian Island is welcoming me home.  This is the picture I will see in my mind through the winter months.

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21 thoughts on “Taking It All In

  1. i never made it out that way when i lived i maine. just made it as far as boothbay. i need to get back east some time.

  2. Linda,
    This is beautiful. I’m aware of how much is told with a photo; you have taken us on a lovely journey. And, welcome back! Stephanie

  3. This comes to you from Dallas, Linda! I am here for another week before heading back to wonderful Rockland. Great photos, especially that “happy flag”! Sure explains the reason why we live in Maine.

    1. Aren’t we lucky to have both places to enjoy!

  4. Looks beautiful. Wish I was there right now.

  5. Great pictures.. I spent some time in Maine. My sister-in law ‘s parents live at Old Orchard Beach and we spent some time there. and my son-in law was statationed at Portland with the Coast guard. Beautiful place.

    1. You are right about Maine being a beautiful place, and I’m glad you’ve had a chance to experience it.

  6. Oh my love this area I can see that already and I have never been. ENLARGE that wonderful picture of the lighthouse and look at it often. It is a slice of heaven. Thanks for sharing this wonderful place.

    1. Maine is a wonderful place, full of wonder.

  7. Happier Than A Pig in Mud October 23, 2011 — 6:06 pm

    Wow, that looks like a great day! Beautiful pics, love the first one-enjoy:@)

  8. Oh this post brought back wonderful memories of vacations spent in Camden & a windjammer cruise out of Rockport.

    1. Bliss is right! Did you go out on Heron?

  9. So nice to be surrounded by such beauty. Wonderful place to spend your summer. Happy Seasonal Sunday.

    1. Black Walnut when I get back to Houston.

  10. Can I come see you guys next fall?

  11. It’s beautiful! No wonder you spend your summers there!

    1. I don’t know whether we will ever live here full time, but I cherish every moment I spend in a place I love. It’s not just the place, it’s the people as well who make it so special.

  12. So picturesque! Every time you share a bit of Maine it makes me want to hop on a plane! Love your flag flying behind your vessel~

  13. Thank you for the boat ride along your magnificent coastline. I love the ocean and get there so seldom. Cherry Kay

  14. I enjoyed seeing your day and feeling the love you have for this area. It is beautiful and you describe it well. Look forward to the next phase of your musings.

    1. I can promise you that musing will get a lot harder when I go back to Houston. While that is home, I don’t feel the same connection.

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