Friday, August 7, 2015

Boat Trip

I thought you might like to go along with me on a boat trip out to see the Monhegan Island off Port Clyde at Tenants Harbor in Maine. The trip was 2 1/2 hours with the goal of seeing wildlife on some of the islands in the area.


Our spokesperson was Pete, and he was very knowledgable. We pulled up lobster traps on our way out, and learned about the lobsters that are thrown back, the lobsters that are kept, and the differences between the hard shell, the soft shell, and the male and female lobsters.
Pete had a gruff sort of demeanor and looked like a true sea captain. 


The water was a little choppy as we progressed a bit further out into the sea. Everyone stayed up on the deck at the picnic tables that were provided. It was a bit hard to get pictures, as every time Pete pointed out something, every passenger stood up to see, and if you were on the wrong side of the boat, you were out of luck. 

One of our first sightings was Owls Head Lighthouse from the sea side, and I do have pictures to share with you from the shore side as well at a later date.

It was really interesting to find out that many folks actually own some of the islands off the coast of Maine. One of these owners is the Andrew Wyeth family. His wife waved to us as we passed by, apparently still goes there with family and friends.

The wildlife on the end of the island is abundant. We found out that the puffins, for which the trip was planned, are very fast fliers, and there is an entire story about their habitat there. They are also pretty small, so it was nearly impossible to get a picture. So here are some of the pictures I was able to get: first a collage of puffins hubby captured on the water, a puffin on a rock by one of the observatories, then some other sea birds, then the seals.




We were also able to get pictures of the Franklin Lighthouse.

All in all a very enjoyable trip. Note the blue skies and the very blue sea. I can't get enough of the beautiful weather here in Maine. It was about 75 and sunny.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Linda Kay

20 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a great day for a boat ride, I love the scenic views and the cute puffins! Great post! Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pshaw!!!! 75 and sunny!!! You really know how to hurt an ol' gal like me. I'm a bit green with envy here in the sweltering Texas sauna!

LOL

Love the light houses...AND the puffins. But in all the post is magical and pretty. Continue with more to come? Soon?

Lea said...

Fantastic! Wonderful! Beautiful!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Linda; Oh My,I've never enjoyed the boat ride p:-) How wonderful it must have been with all GORGEOUS scenery and I wish I could see cute puffins,too♡♡♡
Wishing you’ll have a wonderful coming weekend.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

whiteangel said...

Sounds like an enjoyable boat ride. Puffins, are they those birds that have a pretty coloured beak?

TexWisGirl said...

andrew wyeth is my favorite artist. that would have been cool.

love pete!!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Loved catching up. I just got back from Bryson, NC where there was an abundance of bear carvings. Loved them.

Linda W. said...

What a fun trip and very scenic!

Anvilcloud said...

Looks like a grand and informative day.

Tabor said...

Oh my, I am a bit jealous.

Gail said...

Your vacation has been wonderful. Thanks for allowing me to go, too.

Mike said...

Pete looks like he's had one too many pictures taken of him.

Revrunner said...

Looks like a bird paradise.

William Kendall said...

Pete certainly looks like you'd expect a captain to look! The seashore area's lovely!

Far Side of Fifty said...

What a fun boat trip! :) It looks sunny and perfect weather to get out on the water:)

Kailani said...

what a great little adventure! Thanks for sharing, and have a marvelous weekend!

Kay said...

This looks like so much fun. I love all the Wyeth artists.

Cherdo said...

The beautiful ocean and 75 degrees? Yes, please! You look like you're having a blast.

Cynthia said...

Seeing puffins in the wild is on my bucket list. Lucky you!

Kent Garner said...

Well, a day where you learn something new is a day well spent. And it’s certainly interesting to learn how lobsters get from the sea to your plate. Anyway, thanks for sharing those pictures of your tour. It sure looks like a nice activity to do on a sunny day. Cheers!

Kent Garner @ Whites Marine Center

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