Trip Start Aug 10, 2013
20Trip End Aug 31, 2013
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We all piled into the mini bus and before long we were at Seal Cove on the south west of the island. It was a perfect day, clear blue skies and a calm sea
Being able to steer the kayak with the rudder is so much easier than with the paddles. We found the kayak very responsive. I was glad we had picked the early slot for our trip as it was quiet and warm but not too hot at this point. Brian was full of useful information on the island and the wildlife. He pointed out double crested shags (a diver), common loon (Great Northern diver to us), guillemots and various other seabirds on the way. As we were heading into a little beach on one of the small islands (Bartletts island), we spotted a couple of seals in the water ahead of us and then 3 osprey flying between the tree tops just above us.
We pulled in after almost 2 hours paddling onto the beach to 'hang out'. I got out of the kayak and could hardly walk for a few minutes, my legs felt so stiff sitting in the same position with knees slightly bent using the foot pedals. A few brave souls, the boys and Phil included waded into the cold but clear water. There was great excitement as Brian had found a group of live sand dollars, so the boys were able to see and hold one of the live creatures and compare to the shells that they have been collecting on the beach
Back in the water, it was a shorter paddle of 30 minutes or so to the landing point where the mini bus and trailer was waiting for us. There is no hanging about with these guys, the kayaks were loaded straight up and we were off back to Southwest Harbor. Brian showed us where we had been on a nautical map and confirmed we had travelled around 5.5 nautical miles which by my reckoning is about 6.3 miles, not a bad mornings workout!
We made a couple of stops on the way back, first the Little Notch bakery in Southwest harbor for some blueberry treats, a scone for Robert and I, a turnover for Phil and James opted out of the blueberry theme and went for a whoopee pie (2 chocolate cookies with cream in the middle). The next stop was the lobster pound at the end of the drive here for some lobster rolls. It is a bizarre little place, a shack with 50s music playing from some speakers. It was a bit of a wait as everything is made fresh, so I waited while Phil and the boys went back to get unloaded and I walked back when they were ready. The lobster rolls were delicious and so fresh. I have decided this is the way to eat lobster rather than trying to crack claws and so on.
we have had quite a few full days, so for a change decided to have a complete chill afternoon, making use of this wonderful house, so we spent the afternoon sitting on the deck reading and watching the world go by on the sea in front of us. The bottom of Somes sound here is not overly busy , but there is a constant to-ing and fro-ing of lobster boats, fishing boats and lovely sailing boats. A nice chilled glass of wine and a lovely afternoon. It is nice to get out and about, but nice to occasionally stop too.