"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

July 22, 2013

July 21 - Vinalhaven Island, ME

Seal Bay - Anchorage 

Today we traveled further up the coast towards Mount Desert. What a beautiful and amazing day on the water...we were entertained by seals and harbor porpoises the whole way. In fact as we entered our unbelievable anchorage we spotted half a dozen seals sunning themselves on a rock. People who live here probably don't even notice them, but we thought it was pretty neat. 

The truly amazing thing we had the chance to see today were Atlantic Puffins. Puffins have penguin-like coloring but they sport a colorful beak and have been dubbed the "sea parrot." They live most of their lives at sea, resting on the waves when not swimming. They only come ashore in the spring and summer to breed. There are only 150 pairs left in the US and they can only be found on four small islands in Maine. We saw at least twenty birds right by our boat as we passed Eastern Egg Island. What a treat. 

We also passed thirteen lighthouses today...there's a lighthouse on every point. I have 59 new lighthouse pictures to add to my online album. I just need to find the time to get that done. Tonight we dropped the hook in one of the prettiest anchorages we've ever been in. A protected harbor surrounded by beautiful rocky shoreline covered in pine trees. We enjoyed a gorgeous sunset on one side of the boat and the large moon rising on the other. It was a fantastic day filled with beautiful experiences. It was worth coming all this way for a day as wonderful as today.  

Whitehead Island Lighthouse

One of the many seals we saw today
Atlantic Puffins - aren't they cute?
The village of North Haven...can you tell the tide is low?
Going into our anchorage at low tide
The welcoming committee at Seal Bay 
Our sunset
Our moon rise

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