Crustaceans and Sunset

We slept in today and did not really have a plan for what we wanted to do with the day. We will need a reasonably early start and a full day to go explore Acadia National Park so that was out of the picture for the day. We have not figured out if we are going to travel to the Bay of Fundy yet and again would need an early start and full day. So we just kind of hung around and played on the computers, took showers and tried to figure out what to do.

Well if you are in Maine one obvious thing to do is find one of those lobster shacks. You know what I mean – the ones that are out on a dock somewhere on the coast. They take the lobsters right off the boats and put them in holding tanks until some hungry person comes up and orders one. Then they drop them in a pot of boiling water, crack the shells and serve them up with some melted butter.

Since it was about lunch time, which for us is somewhere between 2 and 4 pm these days, we decided to head to the coast and eat lobster. We found Young’s Lobster Pound in Belfast, Maine. There we ordered two lobsters and waited. When they were close to being done we added a pound of steamers (for me since Leslie can’t eat them) and an ear of corn to share. It was a wonderful lunch – fresh lobster on a dock in Maine.

Young's Lobster Pound

Young's Lobster Pound

After lunch we decided to continue to explore costal Maine. We continued our drive down US-1 and as we crested the small hill and saw Camden, Maine. Leslie commented on how it reminded her of “Main Street” in the Magic Kingdom. Well it has been awhile now since we have taken a stroll down “Main Street” so of course we had to find a parking space (much easier than in Boston) and take a stroll.   Camden was nice and we had fun wandering along and stopping in various shops. There is a river that runs into the town and there are stores on stilts that sit over the river. The river then flows down a small rocked waterfall area and into the harbor full of sailing ships.

Camden, Maine

Camden, Maine

As we continued our exploration of the town we ended up by some of the dock area, and saw people boarding some of the ships. We decide to get some information to see if we wanted to come back and take a little cruise. Well the sunset cruise on the Appledore II (http://www.appledore2.com/index.html) was getting ready to cast off, and since the weather is not going to be as nice tomorrow and Friday we are going to Acadia we decided to “Just Do It”.

Appledore II Sunset

Appledore II Sunset

The Appledore II is a 86-foot (65-foot deck) dual mast schooner that was launched in 1978. The Appledore has sailed around the world and for the last 20 years has offered day sails from Camden during the summer months and Key West in the winter. (Leslie adds that we might have to go down to Key West and take another one of these tours)

By the time we got back to shore we were hungry again. We got a recommendation from one of the deckhands and had a delicious dinner at 57 Bayview Bar and Bistro.

What a wonderful day – Lobster for lunch, a sunset cruise on the schooner Appledore II, and delightful diner. I could get use to this.

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