The top photo above, is from the end of our trip, but Yellow Head (center) glows in that shot the way I recall it. Off in the distance are an array of antennas, part of a Naval Facility in Cutler. We're standing on Pettegrew Beach in Bucks Harbor, a district in Machiasport. (This Bucks Harbor is not Robert McCloskey's A Morning in Maine, Bucks Harbor, that harbor is in South Brooksville.)
|Yellow Head up close|
And as we looped around, we were able to verify why: grazing sheep! That's actually a pair of sheep, a lamb and ewe.
|This could be a painting|
Chance also had this interesting rock formation, a stone wave. The blue wave has a smoothly carved front, ready to roll out to sea.
Sprague Neck is just beyond Chance, a part of the Naval Facility on mainland Cutler. As I was researching access points, I came upon this article, saying how Sprague Neck was part of the DoD Partners in Flight. It's possible to get a pass to access Sprague Neck. I'm not sure that's an option for kayaks as well, but it's something to keep in mind, so I've left the link here.
|All of Avery|
|Another angle on Avery|
Round Island was the site of the first naval engagement of the Revolutionary War, where a defiant crew from Machias captured a British Warship, the Margaretta. It may be that the Machais crew was successful in part because the Margaretta was damaged, but Machias patriots were a thorn in England's side throughout the war. (There will be more on Round Island and Machias in the next post)
|An inlet on Bare|
|White and red rock on Bare|
|Just around the corner from above, white is to the far right, more red and black with dramtic overhangs|
We were able to cross over the bar at Bar Island two and a half hours after high with three feet of water to spare. Below is a shot taken from shore of the Bar an hour after low.
|One hour after low, a line leads to Bar, Bare is to the left.|
|Most of these boats land at the nearby town pier|
The History and Pictures of Avery Rock Lighthouse: http://www.lighthouse.cc/averyrock/history.html
DoD Partners in Flight Sprague Neck http://www.dodpif.org/downloads/articles/WingingIt_Cutler_Oct2004.pdf
History of Machiasport http://machiasport.org/points-of-interest/
Battle of the Margaetta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Machias
Summary: Launch at Pettegrew Beach (Park in the half space or by the telephone pole. Assume a huge truck is going to want to swing around the outside to turn around. No facilities there, there's supposed to be a portapottie at the town pier (I didn't check) Loop is about 9 miles.