The kids got home from the trip to Chicago just in time for a kid boat party. We met in Northeast Harbor, Maine, part of Acadia National Park with 4 other kid boats! We even got to share a float with our new friends from Anjulia Sue.
The whole gang at our new favorite fried chicken patio party, Milk and Honey.
playing in the woods by the marina with their pal Rev from Twig
Northeast Harbor had lots of fun things to do, including Shakespeare in the Park – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The kids loved it!
being waved off by Anjulia Sue
Most of our new friends were heading south, but we still wanted to explore further north before fall arrived, so we headed ‘Down East’.
wearing my puffy coat in August
We landed on beautiful Mistake Island for a week completely to ourselves. After kayaking to shore we found a gorgous lighthouse, on an island PACKED with blueberries, and raspberries!
A week to ourselves in this beautiful harbor has inspired lots of journaling, berry-picking, and baking.
The blueberries are overflowing! Blueberries on everything!
Our last hike on Mistake
We were out of supplies so we stopped at Jonesport to stock up. We were too deep for the harbor, so we tied up on the outside of the breakwater on a giant mooring ball intended for big tugs and barges. Jonesport was a very friendly place. A local even lent us his truck, so we could stock up on groceries!
We found another private island. This is Roque Island. It has the most amazingly beautiful white sand beach!
The one thing we see a lot of, are lobster boats. They are like squirels up here!
Going to see Machias Seal Island had been on my ‘must do’ list since we arrived in Maine. It was rumored to have the largest population of sea birds in this area, including PUFFINS! It is also an interesting place in that it is the only disputed territory between the US and Canada.
SO MANY PUFFINS!
All the birds inspired some spontaneous nature-journaling.
After leaving Machias, we had a nice sail up into the Bay of Fundy. Audrey commemorated the occasion by baking us a Swedish Rye bread.
After our puffin pit stop, we decided to cross into Canada and brave the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy has the largest tides in the world! The crazy tides around here can cause really interesting and sometimes scary water phenomena, like boils, whirlpools and extremely strong currents!
Our first anchorage in Canada. We couldn’t go ashore because we weren’t allowed to clear in until we arived in St. Andrews.
a fishing weir in the anchorage
We ended up with a beautiful spot to moor in the harbor outside of St. Andrews by the Sea, in New Brunswick.
The tides are enormous here in the Bay of Fundy. This boat is in dry dock…at low tide at least.
We decided to write some postcards.
Exploring the Block House on St. Andrews, built during the war of 1812.
St. Andrews had a really fun Farmers’ Market.
full of more blueberries!
All of the blueberries in our lives have inspired Audrey to start a blueberry cookbook. This is her blueberry banana bread.
While we were this far north we decided to rent a car and explore the other Maritime provinces.
The trip was centered around Anne of Green Gables, a family favorite. We were all really excited to see the places we had read so much about. For more photos of the trip check out Audrey’s blog!
We had heard about some great whale activity east about a day’s sail or an hour’s by jet boat ride from St. Andrews.
We definitely found them.
This was a fun trip. Not only did we see SO MANY WHALES, but for those used to always taking the slow boat, this was an exciting ride.
Going that fast was chilly… we had to bundle up.
It is starting to get pretty cold up here, so it was time to hop south. Northeast Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park made such a good impression on us, that we decided to hop back to there on the way down.
back in Maine
shopping in Bar Harbor
Lorelei taking an Outschool bookclub in the marina yard
We love the hiking in Acadia! They have a bunch of trails with rungs and ladders drilled into cliffs. The first one we did last month was exciting, but this one was beyond! I was truly terrified a couple of times, but the thought of having to go back down was scarier than going on, and the sense of accomplishment at the end made it all worth it.
Parts of the trail had us walking on a narrow ledge high in the air.
gorgeous views from the top