Boating, Maine

Between Happy and Sad

I like many things about fall. Rich color and texture, the smell of wood smoke, falling leaves on morning walks, pumpkins and gourds, the feel of fleece against my skin, morning coffee in front of a fire all make me happy, BUT there are some things that make me sad.
img_2391Early October means putting Pipe Dreams into winter storage and that symbolizes the loss of something I love about being in Maine.
Among my happiest moments are those when we leave Rockport Harbor behind and go exploring. Sadly, this is the last outing and the memory will have to last through the winter.
As we venture out, I see sights that are so familiar yet manage to look different every time. In the distance overlooking Penobscot Bay is Beech Hill, today shrouded by mist.
Heading out to the bay we pass Indian Island with its now inoperable lighthouse. Changing light and shifting tides always make me think I’m seeing it for the first time.
Perry CreekOur plan is to spend the night on the boat so we go to Perry Creek, a favorite spot. It’s a popular boating destination, but tonight the summer crowd is gone and all is quiet except for a soft breeze blowing through the trees and the sound of water gently lapping against the hull.
That makes it very easy to relax while the hubby and I enjoy predinner snacks and a game or two of backgammon. Yes, life is good.
We called it a day beneath a star filled sky, but we woke to a world blanketed in fog and with its own kind of beauty.

Close by a heron lingered patiently as if waiting for it to clear.

After a while a gull left its perch to check things out.

We sat munching a simple breakfast and watching the tranquil morning unfold around us.

Times like this are such special gifts, but nothing lasts forever so when the fog cleared we headed back to Rockport Harbor, and I savored every glimpse of places that I love.

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Simple Things

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it comes to boating destinations, there are some places I never tire of.  One is Perry Creek, a peaceful inlet on Vinalhaven that is a favorite for our overnight get aways.

Perry CreekI love the quiet of the tree lined banks, 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe drama of a setting sun,

Perry Creekthe beauty of moonlight on the water

Perry Creek, fogand fog drenched mornings.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASometimes we are lucky enough to be the only boat in Perry Creek, but that doesn’t mean we are all alone.  No, we have for company a couple whose floating summer home is  eye candy.  Can you think of a place where plants could be happier?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASmall it may be, but there’s everything one could need for a simple life.  There’s no question these folks have got that figured out.  You know, there’s something to be said about keeping our needs to a minimum and focusing on what is all around.

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Let’s Go Cruisin’

It may be fall, but when there are blue skies and calm seas there’s still time for boating on Penobscot Bay.

A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast

There are so many places to explore on the Maine coast, and the best way to pick a spot is to refer to this book which is chock full of information that helps make every boat adventure a real success.  Our first copy was purchased more than 20 years ago, and we’ve had every updated version.

North Haven ferryThis day, let’s go to Perry Creek located in the Fox Islands Thorofare near North Haven.  On the way, we are likely to pass the ferry that transports people and vehicles from Rockland to North Haven.

SchoonerAnd, it won’t be surprising to see a windjammer loaded with passengers enjoying a couple of hours on the water.

Perry CreekArriving at Perry Creek, we are immediately struck by its tranquil beauty.

Perry CreekAhead we spot a floating cabin adorned with pots of fall color.  Don’t you love that extra touch?

Perry CreekWatching the sun set

Perry Creekand give way to a full moon is absolutely enchanting.

foodBecause it is so well protected, Perry Creek is a wonderful place to spend the night, so let’s bring out the food.

foodThere’s plenty for all of us, so help yourself.

Perry Creek, fogMorning introduces a whole new day, and don’t be surprised to be greeted by fog.

Perry CreekAs we say good by to Perry Creek, the sun is peeking out among the clouds, so it looks like another beautiful day for cruising.  Ready?

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