Gotta love the snow!

snow 1We were not the only crazy ones to decide that a visit to the beach on a windy winter day was a good idea.   My step daughter, Aria, is visiting us for the first time, and we want to share the sights and sounds of Georgetown with her.   We were not all that surprised to find at least half a dozen cars in the parking lot at Reid State Park – it is a popular spot year round.    The setting is quite amazing.

snow 2The wind was blowing pretty hard, so we did not stick around too long.. just long enough to take some pics and to soak in some of the beauty…

 

and to play in the driftwood hut 🙂

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Aria is already talking about another visit during the summer…

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Time to get out the cross country skis

When we were first given a tour around the property here in Georgetown, my mind raced ahead to winter and saw wonderful opportunities for cross country skiing..   and now, here we are..  with beautiful snow all around  and some neighbors with the same idea.. how nice is that.. they actually broke a trail earlier in the day.. all we needed to do was follow!ski 1heading out to the trail…

ski 2this is a road in the summer, but we do not plow it in the winter..  a natural setting for ski trails…

ski 3nothing like a little downhill to get one excited..  great as long as we stay out of the ditches along the sides!

ski 4turn around spot..  great place to stop and take in the view no matter what time of year…

ski 5headed back towards the meadow…  and home in the distance…

ski 6our effort was rewarded with pretty light from the sunset – taken from our deck….  well, not exactly.. we could have skipped the exercise , made a cup of tea and sat down and watched the very same sunset.. but it would not have felt quite so good!

Living on an Island

Ok.. so there is a bridge, and, if you blink, you might not even realize that you have crossed over to an island, but  we do live on an island in Maine, and from the time that I first visited the state more than a couple of decades ago, I thought that it would be pretty cool to live here on an island… and I was right!

We are 14 miles from Bath, the closest town Center and a great place to visit – nice library – great cafe  – and a warm downtown feeling.   And we are getting to know some folks  where we live in Georgetown.   The Robinhood Meeting House  has an open mic every Tuesday – a small but supportive crowd of musicians who have graciously encouraged me to perform my rather limited ukulele  repertoire !

But the focus of this post is water..   living on an island means constantly being reminded that we are surrounded by water.. as a guy whose fascination with boats took root at a very early age,  that is totally cool!  With some regularity, I  have the opportunity to look up from whatever task I may be tackling to check out various boats making their way past the property.   I guess I am in my element 🙂

Over Thanksgiving we hosted a few different sets of friends, and we spent time sharing the natural beauty of our town with them..

We are about 12 minutes from  Reid State Park which boasts one of the nicest beaches in the state  (although, the folks who frequent Popham beach , just across the kennebec river, might argue that fact)…   the day we visited the ocean was pretty rough…

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we also visited Phippsburg  where Popham Beach is located… at low tide you can make your way out to a small rock island.. we timed our visit so that we could visit the island

popham beach 1 this was taken from the little island.. not much time to visit it…

popham beach 2this is the sandy area that is only exposed at low tide… lots of rocky areas off shore!

We also visited  Morse Mtn,  a preserve in Phippsburg  that includes a  mile hike into the beach..

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a beautiful, quiet spot where you will run into like minded outdoor enthusiasts who are willing to endure  the opportunity to hike to the beach!

and finally..  a pic from home..  our friend Kreg  looked out the window around  15 minutes before sunset and commented that he did not think that the the sky held much potential  for  a nice picture…  what a difference 15 minutes can make!

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We are certainly beginning to feel settled..   our cars now bear Maine registration plates and we have Maine driver’s licenses in our wallets…   We have books on the shelves from the Georgetown library ( which closes for the winter and encourages folks to take a bunch of books for the winter) ,  and we are beginning to recognize some of our neighbors..    And soon, we will be in the midst of a Maine winter..  nothing like that to earn our spot in the community..  although, we will be forever  “from away”

 

Season Finale

It is pretty quiet at Mount Desert Campground  tonight.  I am the only one left, and tomorrow I will finish packing and head to Georgetown, ME,  three hours down route 1 where my wife and I will settle into our new jobs as farm care takers..   We are excited about the opportunity to live and work on a beautiful piece of land and to remain in Maine full time, but we are also a bit sad to see this, our final season at the campground come to an end.   Five days ago, every site was occupied for the Columbus Day Weekend holiday.. How quickly things change!   The squirrels have already begun to take over until May of 2018 when workampers return, energized, and ready to prepare the campground for another season.

I thought I would share some photos from the past few days …

a pointI paused to take this photo as we were cleaning sites on the “A” point at the beginning of the week.. the tide is out and there is some color showing near the tree that holds an active eagle’s nest which we observed throughout the season.

albino deer I caught this albino deer venturing across the road leading down into the campground… she has been a constant resident since we arrived for our first season, but we don’t see much of her once the campers arrive.

six hour canoethe boat project that the campground owner’s son and I have been working on… I put what i hope is the final coat of epoxy on  this week..  I will return later in the fall to help fit the gunnels, and then it will be time to test it out!

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Sunny, our cat, waiting under the covers till i got home for lunch… my wife left early, and I am now the  cat caretaker…  he tolerates me just fine as long as a refresh his food and water and clean his litter box…

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Site B7, just across the road from us… how nice when it happens to be vacant… the view is wonderful!  But we do enjoy the company of the campers, and it is a bit lonely to drive down there now with out a single neighbor..

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Today was my final sail aboard the Margarett Todd… it was a beautiful day, but the wind let us down.   I did the last two trips of the day..  It was a lot of fun to get back on the schooner these past few weeks.. it has been a neat opportunity to sail aboard a 4 masted schooner… surely the fulfillment of a boyhood dream of mine…

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Tomorrow, I will winterize our trailer, pack the remaining bags in my truck and say good bye to Mount Desert Island.  We have been blessed in so many ways these past three seasons.. enjoying working with great people,  exploring Acadia National Park, living in a beautiful setting, meeting interesting people…  but as this chapter draws to an end, we are also eager to begin a new one in an equally stunning part of Maine, taking on new responsibilities,  learning new skills, making new friends…  stay tuned!

 

Sunsets in Bar Harbor

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The past month or so, I have had the opportunity to fill in as a deck hand on the Margaret Todd, sailing out of Bar Harbor.  Most of the trips that I have been on have been the 2 hour ( more like an hour and a half at this time of the year)  sunset cruises.

A musician joins the crew for these trips, and the passengers are often treated to beautiful sunsets ( when the fog does not roll in) …  this post is simply a small collection of some photos I took during the last few cruises.

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taken from my position, tending the fore sail sheet…

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passenger taking part in the sing along part of the evening.. hope she turns around to enjoy the view!

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sails have been lowered, dock lines secured, and the last passenger has disembarked.. another beautiful evening on Frenchman Bay…

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Mount Desert Campground activities- revisited

We are always looking for new adventures, but there are so many hikes and camping activities that we enjoy year in and year out… can one ever really have enough smores?   Our opportunities to hike here on the island have been limited this season, but we were certain that we wanted to hike the Precipice Trail .. again  (and maybe yet again later this year)    Last week the owner of the campground and his son joined us on the Precipice Trail..  the weather was picture perfect, so I will let the pictures tell the story…

precipice1obviously, near the start.. lots of energy left.. no anxiety 🙂

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these ladders used to bother Janet..

precipice3great views all along the way… if you are not too focused on where to take the next step…

precipice6at many points along the trail, it is a good idea to be focused on where to put the next step!

precipice5the Porcupine Islands off in the distance…

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sometimes it is hard to decide.. hold on?  or grab the phone to take another picture 🙂

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getting close to the top..  that is the  Holland American Line ship  Maasdam   at anchor in Bar Harbor.. the same ship that brought us to Bar Harbor on our Honeymoon 11 years ago.. precipice8

made it to the top.. not exactly in record time, but we did just fine for the first significant ascent of the season..

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Bar Harbor off in the distance..

Other events worth revisiting…  Funnel Cake Friday!

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we had the opportunity to join our fellow workampers last friday at a waterfront site that just happened to be open that evening  for funnel cakes…  this is a favorite .. I am sure that we will do this once again before the end of the season…

The Margaret Todd..

last year I worked part time as a deckhand aboard the MT… not much time for that sort of thing this year, but I did get a call to see if I could fill in for a trip, so last night I joined my former crew mates for a sunset cruise…MT 2

Unfortunately, we did not see a whole lot of sun, but we did enjoy a nice breeze with plenty of time of sailing along with no engine…  it was nice to once againe feel the deck beneath my feet, to enjoy the activity of tending the sails, to chat with passengers, and to rejoin the members of the crew for an evening..

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We will never tire of visiting Mount Desert Island … so much to see and do…

jt    cp23_1983@yahoo.com

August Light

august light 1There are all sorts of clues which remind us that the summer season is quickly drawing to a close…  Last night the temperature dipped into the 40’s, and we felt compelled to turn on the heater in our RV for a while this morning.   Kids are talking about the upcoming school year, and a family who was camping next to us had to leave earlier than planned because the father had to attend an event at the school where he works.   The swarms of mosquitoes ( ever present in Maine)  seem a little smaller, and the bees have made their presence known.. perhaps a bit more than in years past…

But one of the most striking signs is the light..  of course, there is less of it…  the sun vanished well before 8 pm last night, but we have enjoyed that special glow that is a hallmark of August Sunsets… and last night was particularly special.   The picture above is looking from our site across the road to B7 and to the sound beyond…

I took this as we were leaving for a walk around the campground.   We took a detour down to the docks and spent way more time there than we imagined… doing what we so love.. talking with campers, in this case, with a family who had just arrived for their first stay at Mount Desert Campground..    They could not have arrived on a nicer day.

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low tide on Somes Sound…

august light 3sailboats hidden from view behind  “The Lamb”  , a large rock next to our floats which barely break the surface at high tide…

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We will never get tired of this scene….

jt     cp23_1983@yahoo.com