Friday August 5, 2016
A 1-1/2 hour boat ride to Monhegan Island from Boothbay Harbor on the Balmy Days II.We sat on the upper level.It is an island 12 miles out to sea.Waves crashing against the rocks.The wind was blowing about 15-20 miles an hour. The captain said the seas could be rolling today. And they were.Monhegan Island only has about 65 residents full time.A small island across the bay has wild goats. We never did find out how they got there.The LibraryThe School.A gentleman on the boat told us to hike up to the lighthouse and then across the Island to Whitehead. There are no paved roads on the island. This is from the lighthouse point.The lighthouse.We made it to the lighthouse. The Island Inn is in the background, the large building.The Monhegan Store and Ice Pond operated from 1911 until 1972.harvesting iceMean looking blade.I would not want to be doing that.Whitehead. Oh, what a beautiful place.Waves crashing along the shore.Beautiful day.Helen and Bryan both taking pictures.Cliff, hatless.I would not go any farther back.We had packed a picnic lunch and this was a wonderful place to rest and take it all in.The seagull kept trying to steal Helen’s sandwich.It was breath taking.We took a different trail back down to the village.The lighthouse from this trail.The post office.I never did figure out what the Jelly Fish were.Lobster traps stacked everywhere.Cliff asked this young woman if the water was cold and she said “Yes, but you’ll get used to it.”So, of course he had to try it.And yes, it was COLD.Back on the boat. Another 1-1/2 hours and it was pretty rolling at times. Next time, I would like to spend the night and have more time to explore the island.The wind was perfect for sailing.Small islands everywhere.If you can see all the dots in the water, that is all the lobster lines.Back to Boothbay Harbor.We decided to try to the pizza.wood fired.Pizza and wine, my favorite.You go up to the bar to order and they bring it to you. It was very good.
What a wonderful trip to Monhegan Island. I would recommend this to anyone. If you have time, spend the night and give yourself time to explore. The Island Inn was recommended to us if we ever come back. There is also The Monhegan House and several B&B’s.
If you have a tendency for sea sickness, take something with you. The only mercantile on the island did not have any Dramamine.
Well, we have had a blast in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Saturday will be filled with preparations to move to Bar Harbor on Sunday. Until the next time. Cheers.