Position 44:23.55N 068:12.29W
Date 2359 – Monday 4 July 2011 (UTC -4)
Well, we have made a full year away. Departure from the Royal Harwich
at 1400 on 4 July 2010 is now one year 9,661nm and a huge number of great
This was definitely a good day to celebrate, starting with a traditional
4 July Parade through Bar Harbor. The Parade
was a mix of fun and a celebration of the patriotism and national pride that
Americans do so well. A series of photographs are probably better than
There were many preserved vehicles but I only spotted one Brit’
I require an MG buff to provide the model details.
A regular feature of this parade are the “Shriners” who
have amazing miniature vehicles that they use for displays to raise money for
Go carts ramping over a moving vehicle in the middle of a crowd was a
very clever display.
And finally a very clear message:
During the afternoon we took a bicycle ride out to Schooner Head, a
very pleasant 10 mile ride with a tail wind coming back. On our return the
crowds were gathering, bagging a good plot in the park overlooking the band
stage and the Town Pier where the fireworks were to be let off. Ominously, it
was getting foggier.
Our position in the Bar Harbor Hotel
Marina gave us a grandstand view and
we celebrated with some Prawns purchased in St Martin and rib eye steak from Las Palmas. BBQ man to
Unfortunately by the time
that dusk fell and the fireworks started the fog was rolling in. This combined
with the smoke from the fireworks produced rolling banks of mist that soaked up
and reflected the light. The display lasted over half an hour and was
spectacular with very eerie effects. The fog also enhanced the echoes rolling
back from the surrounding islands. A different display that is for sure –
for a variety of obvious reasons there are no photographs.