|Yes, it really was this gray and dark midday. Far in the distance the slot between Isleboro and mainland appears|
|Launch, either down beside the fence, or through the barriers to the distant info sign (by road) and along trail.|
However, the marine forecast was not ideal; winds 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 from the south west and seas of 5 to 6 feet. Under more benign temperatures, we’ve paddled under those conditions, but we had no intent of taking on that challenge in December. So we made our plans accordingly. Our thought: Sears Island. Sears Island is one of the largest unoccupied island on the main coast. (Though since it is connected by a causeway, whether it is technically still an island is subject to debate.) Maine has looked to use Sears Island as a marine terminal for decades. For just as long, others have protested against it. Currently plans call for a marine terminal to be put in, and part of the island preserved as open space. But for now, it’s like a great undeveloped lot, 940 acres beloved by bird watchers and dog walkers.
Most people walk along the one road which leads to a stone pier. If you time the tides correctly, you can walk all the way around Sears Island. The south side is rough cobble beach and near high, you may need either to wade, or to bushwhack a bit.
|These ledges on the east side are one spot where you'd get wet at high tide|
|East Arrow marks sand dollar beach (search at low tide in the summer) West arrow is jetty (hopefully)|
Our plan was to use the island as a wind break, paddling along the east side to sand dollar beach and back. And we also made plans in case the “calm” side was too active, we brought jeans and hiking shoes, so we could substitute a hike for the paddle.
Being on the water was incredible, even if the sky, water and beach were a uniform gray. Once we made it to sand dollar beach, we felt comfortable going further, to the rocky strewn south shore.
|Almost exactly half way 'round|
|Jetty where the road leads. Behind it hints of a meadow and hardwood forest|
|I can't wait until boats this size are on Sear's Island! -)|
|Mark approaches the causeway.|