Monday, September 5, 2011

Maine - Week in Review

Well, I am hoping that this post actually goes out to everyone as it seems my last one did not.  There are times when Blogger and I really don't get along.

As you might have guessed, we came through Hurricane Irene just fine.  The rain started for us on Saturday night and continued most of Sunday.  We only ended up getting about 2 inches of rain and about 37 mph winds.  We had a couple branches hit the top of the RV, but nothing too serious (or at least we hope not as Matt hasn't been up there yet).

The weather here has been spectacular!!!  Since the hurricane moved out, it has been sunny and in the 70's all week.  We are so spoiled!!!  We spent this week exploring around the Camden and Rockland area.

On Monday we visited the town of Bath and its Maine Marine Museum.  It was a great museum and we also toured the Bath Iron Works with its huge ship bays for building destroyers for the US Navy. They were currently building the Zumwalt class of destroyers in multiple pieces to be put together to form the ship.
We were not allowed to have cameras on the tour but this is a view of what the Iron Works is.
This is a model of what the Zumwalt class is - Very different!

On Tuesday, we visited Camden Hills State Park and drove to the top of the Mt. Battie.  We were less than impressed when the park ranger told us that the drive to the top would take us up 780 feet, however, when we reached the top, we were very impressed with the views of Penobscot Bay and Camden harbor.
Camden Harbor from the top of Mt. Battie.

On Wednesday and Thursday, we visited Matt's cousin Tim and Lili out on the beautiful island of Vinal Haven.  It took us a little over an hour via ferry to reach the island from Rockland and we enjoyed relaxing on the deck of "the Shack" with its beautiful views of the ocean.  We could not have asked for better company, better weather or a more fantastic lobster dinner!

Matt, Lili & Tim enjoying the views from the deck of "the Shack"

On Friday, we sailed on the Schooner Yacht Heron from Rockport harbor over to Camden harbor.  It was the start of the Labor Day festivities so we were a part of the "parade" of windjammers that were sailing from all over into the Camden harbor.  Another beautiful day coupled with gorgeous old tall ships!!

This is the Heron that we sailed on.

Several of the windjammers at sail.

Ahhh...  this is the life!!!

Several more windjammers at sail in the parade with us.

On Saturday, we were actually able to tour on board a couple of the windjammers in Camden harbor.  Beautiful boats!!

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