Saturday, August 9, 2014

Maine ... island time

 I'm sitting on our deck overlooking the harbor.  It's a beautiful August morning.  The pups peacefully watch as lobster boats come and go and the finches feed below.  A quiet moment.  It has been a busy summer up here in Maine.  We've had a number of visitors, a good number of puppy training classes, and lots and lots of doggy walks.  All of which I hope to share at some point.  But today, I thought I'd share our recent boat trip to Swan Island.  Our first of exploring the further islands of Penobscot Bay. The boat trip was put together by Rockport Yacht Club and about 8 boats from the club made the journey for the several day event.   We followed our friends who charted an excellent course for us.

Of course, we had to board the pups.  It would be their first experience with boarding and it was hard to leave my babies behind.  That's Harry above, giving me the stink eye.

It is amazing how much work it is to load a boat up for a journey.  Blankets and more blankets for chilly Maine evenings.  Food and more food in case you get fogged in.  Fleece and rain gear and sweaters for layering.  And of course chargers.  One must not run out of power for the iPad and iPhones!  We'd be lost without our Garmin BlueCharts.

It was a beautiful day to journey over to Swans Island.  We arrived in Burnt Coat Harbor mid-afternoon.  About a three and a half hour journey from Rockport.

 On the opening day of the Sweet Chariot Music Festival, 
the performers motored around the cove 
and serenaded all of us in the harbor.  

 It was delightful!

That evening we walked about a mile to the community center, 
passing a couple of lemonade/cookie stands with kids raising money for the local lighthouse care.  
The event has been held annually for the past 20 some years 
with many looking forward to it with great anticipation.
I sat next to a woman who has been coming all the way from Ohio
for the past 7 years!

Truly fascinating was the artist who was painting the backdrop scenery.  
It is done every year with an artist working each evening on the art piece, 
finishing it the last night to be auctioned off.

I have been to a lot of musical events but I don't believe I have ever been to one 
where the performers put so much heart and fun into their art.
We must do this again!

Come the third morning when we were to depart, 
we were greeted with rain and heavy fog.  
But by 8:30 a.m. it had lifted enough for a safe return.
And for some interesting photos.

We made a stop in the quaint little town of North Haven.  
Definitely a place to go back for more photos! 

So many cute houses and lawns 
and front porches!

By the time we were nearing Rockport again, 
the fog and clouds had totally cleared,
allowing me to capture this beautiful schooner.

I'm hoping not to be so neglectful of my blog going forward.
Harry and Lucy have been such a handful
and my camera has sat in its bag so much this summer.
Time to change that!

Hope your summer has been going well!
Later, my friends,


Country Girl said...

Oh my gosh - these photos are spectacular. When you said Burnt Coat Harbor before (previous post), I thought you meant Burnt Cove Harbor on Deer Isle. Sorry - I've never been to Swan's Island and told you I'd stayed there.
So glad you went with the yacht club. I was wondering when you said you were making the journey. What an absolutely delightful summer you are having. So many changes, so much happiness. I love it for you!!
I love that deck of yours, too. Hello to Ralph and the pups.

Brian Miller said...

sounds and looks like a cool trip to cool on that painting as well...neat to see it unfold over the event...and the memory of the event attached to it for the one that actually gets it.....

Out on the prairie said...

What a lovely trip. Tough to board pets, I have a sitter.I really need to get out there.

Sylvia K said...

What a great trip and I love your pics!! They're the next best thing to being there!! Thanks for sharing the fun, Reena! Hope you've had a great summer, it does sound like it! Enjoy the weekend and give the doggies a pat for me!!

Bill Lisleman said...

I especially like the schooner picture. The reflection and the background clouds - great catch.

Florida Farm Girl said...

So glad to hear from you, Reena. Maine is so beautiful and it just begs to be photographed. Oh, that festival sounds wonderful.

Rose L said...

Love the island photo and the last one of the ship. Both frame-worthy!!!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hello Reena! It's so good to catch a post from you--I need to pay better attention so I don't miss your amazing photos and glimpse into your fun and your summer, that I hope continues to be an enjoyable one!

Sabrina Steyling said...

Hello Reena! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos - I am just floored at how beautiful they are. God certainly made this world a wonderful place, what with all the colors and textures captured in your photos. The boat trip sounds like a neat idea, I've never gone on any boat except a ferry boat and the Spirit of NJ ship where my school had our prom. But I love taking pictures too, just like you do, and so maybe I have to put this type of a boat trip on my bucket list!

I am sorry your pups had to get boarded; Harry looks so totally adorable, though, even giving you the stink eye. <3

Daryl said...

such wonderful photos remind how much you are missed here online and in my life! I was hoping to get up there to visit but its not looking like it can happen ... maybe when you get back to Philly .. i hope so ..

Lisa Gordon said...

What a wonderful trip this must have been, Reena. The views you had are just gorgeous.

Seriously, could Harry be any more adorable????

Happy Sunday to you!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet shot of Harry!
I really enjoyed the photos from your boat trip.

Karen said...

ooh, that schooner photo is just gorgeous. And your adopted pup is adorable, glad all is going well with the dogs too.

Liza said...

Lovely post, especially those fog pictures.

bobbybegood1 said...

what a wonderful adventure! and i am sure the pups had a great time. pics are just spectacular reena. thanks for sharing. cheers!!

Pat Tillett said...

You live in such a gorgeous area.
Your photos are also gorgeous (as always!).

Unknown said...

What a totally gorgeous Woofer, err, I mean dog.

'The more you shall honor Me,
the more I shall bless you'
-the Infant Jesus of Prague

trustNjesus, dear,
and wiseabove to Seventh-Heaven.
God bless your indelible soul.

Unknown said...

What a totally gorgeous Woofer, err, I mean dog.

'The more you shall honor Me,
the more I shall bless you'
-the Infant Jesus of Prague

trustNjesus, dear,
and wiseabove to Seventh-Heaven.
God bless your indelible soul.

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