It’s that time of year when one by one boats are pulled from the water and stored for the winter. Pipe Dreams goes into hibernation this week so we must get in that last boat ride of the season.
As we leave Rockport Harbor, I take a long look at Indian Island wearing its coat of many colors. This is an image that will be in my head through the winter, a reminder of what I will look forward to next year.
As we cruise Penobscot Bay, we wave to folks on a schooner enjoying a sail under a perfect fall sky. It won’t be long until these vessels are shrouded in plastic or headed south for warmer climes.
Now, here is a sight we don’t see too often in the bay, a big freighter heading who knows where.
In the distance, we see the mainland that is Camden, Lincolnville and Northport
and the islands that characterize the coast of Maine.
As we tie up at the Belfast dock, we are welcomed by this familiar sign and notice that the patio is full today of people eating and basking in the warm sun.
Belfast, another of those cute little Maine towns with a charming main street, is one of our favorite destinations for lunch and browsing.
It is crowded today with visitors from a ship that takes passengers on leaf peeping cruises.
No way can we come to Belfast without having lunch at Chase’s Daily, always worth the wait. The menu is vegetarian and most of the offerings are made with ingredients fresh from the Chase farm.
The rear of the restaurant, appealing as the menu and filled with seasonal produce and flowers, is also an exhibition space for art, so there is plenty on which to focus.
On the way back to the boat, I can’t resist a stop at a few of my favorite places where I am sure to find something I can’t live without!
After a very satisfying visit to Belfast and a perfect day for this last cruise, we return to Rockport and the harbor that welcomes us home.
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