When does Spring arrive?
The first Robin in the yard?
The first Merganser on the Penobscot River?
Or when every street and side road is being torn up for repair?
By any definition, spring had arrived in Belfast. Main Street had just been paved and the dock area was filled with construction equipment, ready to trench, pave, and redo ramps. A load of telephone pole-like pilings lay across our normal beach access, a trench was being dug before a side beach. But the access to the paved ramp was available. So, after checking with some workers to make sure our car wasn't in the way, we loaded our kayaks onto our handy carts and headed to the ramp.
Good news! It turns out the launch fees posted at the ramp don't apply to kayaks! (Though I would still normally use the beach so the paved ramp is available for motorized boaters.)
Belfast Harbor was filled with patchy fog and bright blue skies beyond. And there was so much to see on the water: new pilings; a new Cornish pilot gig, the Malcolm G,set for action;
Further down is this lovely cupola-ed colonial with its massive rock companion. That stretch of river also seems to be the new anchorage for the Shanty.
Summary: Launch 9:40AM, finish noon. One short break. High 9:40AM. About 6 miles. Restrooms beside the dock parking lot (behind the tree on the right of the photo)