|On the beach, Muscle Ridge Islands in the distance|
It's a 1.5- 2 mile crossing to the Muscle Ridge Islands. In the morning, our main issue was paddling almost directly into the sun. But soon enough there were islands to distract us. There were several granite quarries on the various islands of Muscle Ridge, and the scars of those activities are evident along the shoreline.
ighthouse keepers house at Wikipedia. Demonstrating it's dual function as a bird sanctuary, this eagle posed for us on Two Bush Light.
|Mark getting another photo|
|Flag Island has an array of structures|
|Behind The neck|
Muscle Ridge is known as good place for wildlife, we did see several flocks of scoters and mergansers. Not many seals though, although a couple trailed us to Otter Ledge.
|Seals which did not follow us|
Our second visit was on a beautiful clear-sky day, but the seas were rough and while we were out there the wind picked up. We cut our tour short. The views must have been there, but I didn't notice them. We worked our way across the channel from lobster buoy to lobster buoy, grateful for evidence of progress. As we were heading in, it seemed like every sailboat in the area was headed out to play. We struggled forward, would see a sailboat heading through, stop to give them right of way, and blew backwards out to the islands. Then, after the sailboat passed by gleefully, we'd begin our slog forward again. I think it took us an hour to make the crossing. I was so grateful to arrive at Birch Point Beach that I decided to do a roll to celebrate. Even better, with the loaded boat and tired arms, my roll worked perfectly. As I was researching the area, I came across this tale of a kayak group similarly stressed by building winds. (http://trekalong.com/chaseoutdoors/2011/07/17/blustery-misadventures-in-the-muscle-ridge-islands-7/)
As I was looking up things before the trip I came across an article about a new quarry being started on tiny High Island to mine granite for Wannamakers. I can't seem to find it now, but this is a similar article about
An old article about Dix Island, a granite graveyard http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1930&dat=19170922&id=DAwgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S2UFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2107,1697720