We had been told that the Lighthouse/Nature Harbor Cruise
out of Bass Harbor was the best one in the area. . .
but first. . .lunch at Thurston’s in Bernard. . .it was so far off the beaten path,
if we hadn’t been told about it,
we certainly wouldn’t have known to look for it. . .
Thurston’s is a lobster pound. . .so nothing fancy,
you pick the size, they pull it out of this tank,
and away you go to goodness. . .
Now unfortunately. . .we made the mistake of choosing to have steamers. . .
which are steamed clams. . .yuck!
Having had mussels before, we thought this would be similar. . .yuck!
they were highly recommended by one of our friends. . .ha!
No. . .just teasing. . .we really did want to experience Steamers. . .
and now we have. . .that’s all I can say about that. . .
the view from the lower dining room of the Mountains of Acadia,
almost. . .almost made up for our poor menu choices. . .
no big fancy yachts or sailboats here. . .
this is a working mans harbor. . .
speaking of working men. . .here’s our ride. . .
with the Swan’s Island Ferry in the background. . .
get loaded up with about 50 other folk, and away we go. . .
First thing. . .beautiful Bass Harbor Lighthouse. . .
and from the other side. . .
Double Breasted Cormorant. . .best pic I’ve ever gotten of one. . .
the harbor seals. . .
and gray seals. . .
were everywhere. . .
each time we would see wildlife. . .Captain Eli would bring the boat to a crawl
and do a complete 360, so everyone on the boat had a chance to see. . .
we saw several eagles. . .on rock ledges
in the trees. . .
and even Double Eagles out by the salmon farm. . .
I guess they are hoping a few of those little suckers escape. . .
and again. . .Coastal Maine
With 7 to 9 feet tidal changes at high tide
the water will be up to just under the pink on this wall of granite. . .
the white boulder in the pic on the right is a glacial erratic. . .
because a million/gazillion years ago. . .
this entire area was covered by an ice sheet a mile thick. . .
I don’t know. . .sometimes you just listen, and say. . .
hmmmmm? ? ? maybe it is so. . .
each lobster boat has an assigned buoy color. . .this is Captain Eli’s assigned buoy,
so we stopped to check one of his traps. . .
this one was the only one large enough to keep. . .
is is a male, as determined by it’s little swimmers
located right above his thumb there. . .
female swimmers are much wispier we are told. . .
throw back the babies. . .
and on the way back to the dock. . .
we see this adorable little Junior Lobsterman
out checking his traps with his Mom. . .
Captain Eli explained that Lobster license in the State of Maine
are hard to come by. . .however, if you are in the lineage of
lobstermen, at the age of 7 you can automatically get your
junior license, which must be maintained on an annual basis. . .
I guess that’s what this little guy is doing. . .
I leave you with one last Eagle Eye. . .
watching you watching me. . .
‘til next time,
Janice and Dave