Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Perfect Day in Maine

The other day was the most perfect quintessential day one could spend on Maine soil or sea.  It was the zenith, the pinnacle, the ultimate, the supreme most idyllic day.  It was simply wonderful!  It was so great that when it was over we just kept saying “wasn’t that great” over and over.  The day involved a boat ride in a Hinckley picnic boat, laughing with friends and family, a lighthouse, bobbing seals, beautiful blue skies, calm seas, and seafood.


First, lets talk about the Hinckley. That name is synonymous with the highest levels of yachting as the craftsmanship, details, and spirit are rooted in the rich Maine maritime heritage which is combined with innovative technology that marries perfectly.  The Hinckley Company was founded in nearby Southwest Harbor, Maine in 1928 after purchasing a boatyard.  In 1933 their first boat was launched and was a 36’ fishing vessel.  In 1936 they broke into the sailing realm with a 28’ sloop.  In 1940 the company strayed from boat building and moved into the marine supply business building fittings for fuel tanks, stanchions, deck plates, and more that are still used today.  The start of WWII took Hinckley into the manufacturing of war-designed boats.  But after the war, Hinckley moved back to the production of pleasure boats.  Throughout the years, Hinckley has become an innovator in yachting technology and their handcrafted boats have been turning heads and luring distinguished seaman for years. 


So it was in a gorgeous 2004 Hinckley Picnic Boat that Betsy’s cousin Maggie and her husband Bob offered to give us a ride to Bass Harbor for a scenic boat ride and lunch at a local seafood restaurant.  We motored in calm clear waters past lobster buoys soaking in the warm sunshine and marveled at the rocky coast.  The beautiful blue sky was a great contrast to the stark white Bass Harbor lighthouse perched along the entrance to the harbor.  Betsy and her brother Mark caught up with Maggie and Bob and talked about childhood memories.  The wonderful company only made the gorgeous day brighter. 

Bob, Maggie, Mark and Betsy
As it was approaching the lunch hour, we motored in to Bass Harbor - which I think is one of the most picturesque harbors on Mt. Desert Island.  It is a busy working harbor with lots of lobster boats and docks.  It ranks as one of the most lucrative lobster ports in the state . . . hmm, maybe that is why we come here so much.  At one time the town was called “McKinley.”  During the early 1900's, a U.S. Post Office had just been constructed in the village and when federal officials asked the locals what they preferred for a name the reply was “Name it after the President for all we care!” So, from that time on until the name was finally changed in 1961 by a petition to Bass Harbor, the area was called “McKinley” after the then President McKinley.


Perched at the entrance to Bass Harbor is one of the most photographed and recognized lighthouses in the country – the Bass Harbor Head Light.  The history of the lighthouse dates 129back to 1855 when it was determined that there was a sufficient reason for a lighthouse at the mouth of Bass Harbor.  Shortly after, the U.S. Congress appropriated $5,000 for construction of the lighthouse. In 1876, construction of a fog bell and tower were completed.  Later the bell was replaced with a larger one and today a fourth order Fresnel lens operates in this working lighthouse.  The lighthouse has been kept pretty much in its original state and the light keepers house is occupied by a U. S. Coast Guard family. 

We can’t thank Maggie and Bob enough for such a memorable day.  The view from the water was a wonderful way to see some of our favorite places and to do it with such nice people made for a perfect experience.


  1. Melissa and I spent a week in Trenton Maine a couple of weeks ago - lucked out and had beautiful weather - we stayed there in an RV park in the summer of 2012 for two weeks so we returned this year to see Acadia again and the surrounding area. We rented a cottage on Bass Harbor - it was wonderful!!!!!!! 180 degree view of the harbor and lobster boats.

  2. well. . .aren't you the lucky one to have a private tour. . .we had to do the tour boat with all the common folk. . .LOL!

    We thought everything in that area was just beautiful as well. . .thrilled you are enjoying it all!

    I must say though that the Northeast Harbor was just spectacular. . .postcard perfection!

  3. Oh I just love days like that, when all the elements come together in one perfect slice of wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. wow! sounds perfect. you all are certainly living right. enjoy the rest of your time in Maine and see you in November.


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