Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday we were up early and off to Bar Harbor to launch from the bar. At 8:30 there were some walkers, and a few cars out testing the make-shift road exposed by the tide.
Just one cruise ship in the harbor, but my eyes kept being drawn to it. Cruise ships dominate the waters off Bar Harbor in the fall. A few lobster boats were out working, as were various tour boats.
All alone at the Hop, except for this armada of loons.
Not many urchin casts on the beach, usually in fall there are several. This is a picture of the only one I saw. Instead, there was a fair amount of trash, enough to fill a grocery bag, with an extra bottle or two to spare.
Not many other kayaks out; two tour groups by the first two porcupine islands (Bar and Sheep) and this paddleboarder way out by Long Porcupine.
I felt very lucky to have been able to take advantage of the warmth; that so few others were at the Porcupines with us I can ascribe only to the multitudinous choices of outdoor activities in Maine.
Summary Information: Launch Bar at the end of Bridge Street in Bar Harbor. No parking at launch: parking is available on West Street and side streets. No facilities: the information booth on Thompson Island is one options as are public toilets at the town dock.
High about 2:30 PM Launch 8:45AM Finish 12:30PM. 8.8 miles one stop.