Yesterday afternoon during our final bird counting session of the week, we had another rainbow.
Of course the photo doesn't do it justice. By the end of our last two hours for the week, we had counted over 300 more birds giving us over 1,000 for the day. Hopefully, our afternoons will continue to have higher volume like that.
In the evening, we drove over to Schoodic Woods Campground where we joined Mike & Karen and their friends John & Polly for a gumbo dinner. Linda took some wine and after-dinner maple creme from Boyden Valley Winery in Vermont. It was a nice time with RVing friends.
Today, Monday, it was supposed to be another pretty day for our day off so we decided to go visit a national wildlife refuge up the coast or "down east" as they call it here. The Maine coast, as you travel north, slants east into the Atlantic Ocean. To sail into the northern ports, sailors sail "downwind" to the east, thus "down east". With the typical map orientation, we are all used to "down" being south, so it's hard to re-program the brain to "down" being north in Maine. I just have to keep telling myself "downwind east" to make it click.
Before we started to get ready to head out, we got an email from Teddi & Roger. She said they started reading our site a few years back after her brother told her about it. They don't have an intent to become full-timers, but they are out on a one-year adventure in their motorhome from Washington state. They invited us to lunch, and after a few emails, we decided to meet at the Corea Wharf Gallery & Grill.
We all arrived around noon and introduced ourselves. We ordered and enjoyed our meal out on the deck.
Linda once again went with the lobster grilled cheese, and I went with the lobster roll this time. The lobster roll had a lot of lobster meat and not much filler (as we have found at some places). But the highlight was the blueberry pie a la mode.
We had a lovely couple of hours chatting. As we were about to depart, Mike & Karen arrived with John & Polly. Three of them went with the whole lobster dinner.
We said goodbye to Teddi & Roger with hugs and handshakes, and we hope to maybe hook up with them again in Florida this winter.
This video does a great job of providing an overview of the Maine Coastal Islands NWR - but it's 15 minutes so it may not be worth using your data bandwidth.
There are a couple of hiking trails at Petit Manan, and we decided to do the shorter 1.8-mile Hollingsworth Trail.
Linda's knee is getting back to normal, but we didn't want to push it. The trail goes through an open area and then into the woods over rocks and roots, and we followed it out to an Adirondack bench situated for sunsets.
The tide was out and we walked along the beach ....
and then walked on out to the point that overlooks Petit Manan Island and lighthouse (in the distance on the left in the photo below).
I walked out on the rocks ....
and explored the tide pools.
There are several interpretive signs on the trail and we found one here next to another Adirondack bench overlooking the bay.
We sat with our binoculars and watched the birds. We saw some grebes we had trouble identifying, and we watched the eiders diving and eating crabs.
The trip to the wildlife refuge was nice, and it was very quiet. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to go there again, but we had a peaceful afternoon. Of course flocks of birds were flying over and we instinctively counted them. :)
Back home, we relaxed and called it an early night. Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy and rather drab, so we're glad we got out today and enjoyed the sunshine and friends. Until next time. :)