I thought I might do a little photo essay for you of my trip, but I got derailed pretty quickly from that idea. I'm not great with a camera and you would have had a disappointing array of pictures of grey-blue expanses, with distant green piney hills and some tiny triangles of white that all looked alike. So I gave it up almost as soon as I got aboard my host's motorboat in Camden and headed across to the island.
But here are some pictures of Camden Harbor, for anyone who hasn't been there. I have complicated feelings about Camden, but one thing I really admire about the place is the variety and caliber of sailboats that come and go from there. That's because it's a beautiful protected harbor, and it's an easy jumping-off point to East Penobscot Bay, which lots of people find the most wonderful and interesting sailing anywhere, and it is serviced by Wayfarer Marine, a marina with the capacity and the skill for very big projects. And it's the seat of Maine's schooner fleet, which is a pretty interesting and special group of boats.
Islesboro, the Fox Island Thoroughfare, Merchant's Row, the Barred Islands, and Jericho Bay are so gorgeous, and I gave up trying to take pictures of them. Either I couldn't do it with my camera or I was busy sailing. The smooth pink Stonington granite appears in East Penobscot Bay and it makes for a shoreline that tugs on you. And there are so many islands and harbors, and something about the blue-green of the water and the way the sun hits the hills in the distance -- the Camden Hills and Blue Hill and Mount Desert Island -- and the way the fog rolls in, it's really the best place on earth. But I didn't catch it on camera for you. You'll have to come visit.
Although the set of pictures is captioned Islesboro, there's only one picture of Islesboro -- my hosts' dock. It's a special place. We had a bald eagle living right nearby, who flew right over our heads as we drank wine and grilled dinner on the beach one night.