Thursday, August 25th
As planned, we’re spending another night in Boothbay Harbor.
Boothbay was one of our first destinations when we started cruising the Maine coast, and remains a favorite. It has all the generic tourist-trap businesses you’d expect; restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, souvenir shops, harbor cruises, whale watching cruises, kayak rentals, ice cream, jewelry stores, etc. There’s a trolley that runs around the harbor and out to a supermarket. Then there’s the tee shirt outlet. Most of our tee shirts say “Boothbay Harbor” on them.
Oddly enough, we don’t visit the tourist destinations back home. We never go to York Beach, Hampton Beach or Old Orchard Beach in the summer. We go out of our way to avoid the traffic on Route One and Route 95 all season. There’s something about being here by boat that makes the difference. No traffic jams. We can walk back “home” to the boat any time.
Update Friday, 8/26:
The forecast continues to include strong winds and heavy seas. We have some open water to cross before we reach Casco Bay, so plans at this point are to stay here another night.
However, at this writing, there’s not a breath of wind. We’ll see what the day brings!