Hiking on Little Stage Island
We’ve spent a couple of days sailing up the coast of Maine. After a morning hike on Little Stage Island we sailed into South Freeport and rented a slip for the night. The perspective from the water of coastal Maine in and around Portland is so different than what you see from the road. Lots of water. Lots of greenery. Lots of lobster buoys.
Also, as opposed to the Long Island sound and the Cape Cod area, almost all the boats are either sailboats or fishing boats. On the way into the harbor, we had our first seal sightings on the water. They are funny creatures, bobbing their heads out of the water to check out the scene and then dunking their heads back down and up again.
Instead of taking a taxi to Freeport for dinner, there is a popular lobster stand/restaurant near the public dock where we ended up eating. When it gets busy in the summer, people are known to order and eat their meal on the hoods of their car if all the picnic tables are full. We ate our first lobster rolls on this trip, along with a pint of fried clams, calamari (Christopher’s favorite), and dessert.
Towards Georges Islands
Our stopping point is about half way from Freeport to Belfast in the Gulf of Maine. We have gone through Casco Bay, are in Muscongus Bay, and on our way to Penobscot Bay. We are now anchored in Burnt Island. It is part of the Georges Islands chain, located about 4 miles offshore from Port Clyde. In the 1800’s, farming and fishing families lived on it. Today, the Hurricane Island Outward Bound outpost is there. When we arrived, there was a group of about 12 people on a small wooden, primitive, viking-like boat floating on a mooring ball off shore. Our best guess is that it is an Outward Bound group, testing their on-the-water survival skills for the night. I don’t think that a large, kitted-out sailboat anchored in viewing distance helps. 🙂
Christopher and I rowed the dinghy onto Little Burnt Island, which is just to the north of the main island. I had read that depending on the season, this island is full of raspberries. We were hopeful. There were a lot of raspberry bushes, but no raspberries yet; end of June is still a bit early. However, what we did find hiking around the small island were a bunch of abandoned lobster buoys and lobster cages that had washed ashore, and MUSSELS! We gathered about 3 dozen mussels, which will make a great lunch tomorrow.