– Saturday 2 July 2011 (UTC -4)
First, a follow up to the strap hanger line of last night; shades of
“the Archers” from BBC Radio 4 here? Beal’s Lobster
Pier was great and did precisely what it said on the tin.
Pick your own lobster may not be for the squeamish
but the mate did not seem to mind and ordered a side of mussels to
complete the meal. I “chickened out”, well not exactly
“chickened”, and had a sea food fry up. Whilst to our American
friends this may not seem out of the ordinary, to Brit’s on their first
trip here the whole lobster experience is quite a novelty.
Island has an amazing system of free bus routes
linking all of the centres and serving campsites, hiking trails and tourist
spots. We took the bus across the island to Bar
Harbor partly to do a recce for somewhere suitable to be on 4 July
and partially as a great way of seeing more of the island. Bar Harbor looks ideal to spend 4 July and to enjoy the
celebrations although arriving a day early will be necessary to get a good spot
to anchor as the Harbour Master tells us that it gets very busy on the
day. The town and anchorage was looking good in bright sunshine and was
packed with visitors.
We returned to Southwest
Harbor where the bus
dropped us off right at the dinghy dock. Following our guide to Maine from Scott and
Kitty Kuhner we then moved 3 miles up into Somes Sound and found a delightful
and peaceful anchorage in Valley Cove. The view up the Sound from our
anchorage says it all.
The view ashore was