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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Evans Escapades at Bass Harbor

We had been told that the Lighthouse/Nature Harbor Cruise
out of Bass Harbor was the best one in the area. . .
Thurston's Restaurant in Bernard ME, overlooking Bass Harbor
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. . .
Lobster Tank at Thurston's Restaurant in Bernard ME, overlooking Bass HarborThurston's Restaurant in Bernard ME, overlooking Bass Harbor
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. . .
Bass Harbor and the Mountains of Acadia
the view from the lower dining room of the Mountains of Acadia,
almost. . .almost made up for our poor menu choices. . .
Lobster buoys at Thurston's Restaurant in Bernard ME, overlooking Bass HarborBass Harbor - a working harbor
no big fancy yachts or sailboats here. . .
this is a working mans harbor. . .
Tour Boat coming in to Bass Harbor Dock - Swan's Island Ferry in the background
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. . .
Bass Harbor Lighthouse
First thing. . .beautiful Bass Harbor Lighthouse. . .
Bass Harbor Lighthouse
and from the other side. . .
Double Crested Cormorant
Double Breasted Cormorant. . .best pic I’ve ever gotten of one. . .
Harbor Seals
the harbor seals. . .
Gray Seals
and gray seals. . .
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. . .
Bald Eagle
we saw several eagles. . .on rock ledges
Bald Eagle
in the trees. . .
Bald Eagle
and even Double Eagles out by the salmon farm. . .
I guess they are hoping a few of those little suckers escape. . .
Coastal Maine - Low Tide - tide will rise to the bottom of where the granite remains pink. . .Glacial Erratic
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. . .
The Lobster Buoy on the top of this boat means this is the only buoys this lobsterman is allowed to checkChecking the Lobster Trap
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's a male. . .Baby Lobster - throw them back!
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. . .
Student Lobsterman - his mom was out with him checking traps. . .
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. . . 

Bald Eagle - eyeing you eyeing me. . .
I leave you with one last Eagle Eye. . .
watching you watching me. . .

‘til next time,
Janice and Dave

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