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

July 31, 2013

July 30 - Belfast, ME

Belfast City Landing Mooring

When I woke up this morning and looked outside I could see the fog literally rolling across our anchorage. It was very interesting. In a matter if a few moments we were engulfed in a blanket of white, but as quickly as it came in, it began to disappear. It wasn't long before we were left with a beautiful day.

Our main business today was taking care of necessities. Our first stop was at the city dock in Castine for water and a pump out. The city offers this as a free service to boaters. Our plan was to spend a few days exploring Camden, but there is a regatta there this weekend, so we could only get a mooring for one night and that isn't until Wednesday. So we decided to go into Belfast for the day...what a nice little town. Everything a boater could need, the only issue here, like everywhere else in Maine...everything is UP hill. Way up hill. Going up these hills on a bike is very hard, but so much fun coming down!

Our other big necessity we took care of today was buying groceries. We were completely out of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. This was the first large grocery store we've seen since we were in Warwick over a month ago. The little things we take for granted when we live on land become luxuries when you live on a boat.

Belfast is a hidden gem, not as touristy as other towns in the area. The downtown area is made up of Victorian Gothic and Greek Revival buildings built in the 1870s, which are now full of shops, galleries and restaurants. We saw artists in several places painting different scenes of the town. It was a beautiful day for strolling along the streets and sitting in the waterfront park visiting with other people.

Here comes the fog
Looking down Main Street in Belfast to the dock
Part of Main Street in Belfast
Some towns decorate bears, pigs, shrimp or elephants...Belfast has funking seating everywhere. Here are just a few examples of what we saw.
Views from our little spot in the park
Can you spot The Pearl
The end of the day was just as fantastic as the beginning

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