Before shutting the boating season down though, we had a final outing to one of our most favorite Maine islands, Brimstone. It sits well out to sea, and from its summit one can see far in every direction. Looking out across the Atlantic, it is possible to imagine Europe in the distance.
There are strong currents around Brimstone making it very important to choose the right time to go, otherwise securing a firm anchorage can be a real challenge. If the anchor line spools out too quickly and gets a kink in it, anchoring can be even more exciting. Ask me how I know that!
A dinghy is a must for going ashore, and the climb from the beach is steeper than it looks. It is made a bit more difficult by the rocks that slip and slide beneath your feet as waves roll in and out. Once on the island, however, all thoughts of the challenges disappear.
Hiking through the grasses to the summit has its rewards as on a clear day it is possible to see Isle au Haut, Cadillac Mountain, Vinalhaven, the Camden Hills and lots of small islands the names of which are unknown to me.
Yes, Brimstone is a little piece of heaven, and during the winter months when Maine seems so far away, it’s one of the things that makes me anxious to return.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind