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

August 18, 2016

Aug. 17 – Sawyer Island, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Garden's Mooring

“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan W. Watts
Today we went back down the Sheepscot River to an anchorage called Sawyer Island. We picked up the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens mooring located near the Barter Island Bridge. This bridge is one of only two manually operated swing bridges left in Maine. Our purpose in stopping here was to visit the Botanical Gardens and to eat at the Trevett Country Store.

As soon as we were settled we dinghied over to Trevett's for lunch. The store is about as old fashioned as it gets, you feel like you've stepped back in time. It's a locals spot not a tourist trap. They’re famous for their fried haddock sandwich and fried clams. At lunch we had the lobster roll and clams. They were so fresh and delicious we decided to go back for dinner. At dinner Stan tried the haddock and I had another basket of clams. Everything was so fresh...their seafood come right off the dock located in the building next to them. We sat outside over looking the bridge...it just doesn't get much better than this.
Our lunch
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking through the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. They have incorporated wonderful gardens into the natural settling of the Maine countryside. The gardens encompasses 270 acres and include a Rhododendron Garden, with a multi-level waterfall; a 2-acre Children's Garden, inspired by Maine children's literature; the Garden of the Five Senses; and Slater Forest Pond to name just a few of the nine beautiful gardens they have. The park also includes miles of hiking trails through the woods and along the water. It definitely was a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. I'll let my pictures show you just how pretty it was.
The Meditation Garden
The Fairy House Village where kids can built their own houses for fairies.
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