1 This is my beautiful 36-foot classic Hinkley picnic boat. I love this craft for its sleekness, its speed, and its roominess. I christened it Skylands II.
2 Because of something called a jet drive, this boat has no propellers to tangle in lobster-pot lines or seaweed beds. I can glide it safely through coastal waters.
3 Over the years, we have used this boat to go whale watching, looking for puffins, exploring, antiquing in Blue Hill, and picnicking on the neighboring islands off the coast of Mt. Desert Island.
4 On this particular day, Skylands II transported us to Baker Island, which offers a glimpse into what life was like during the 19th century.
5 This is the Gilley house - the Gilley family inhabited Baker Island for 123 continuous years.
6 The Gilley house from another angle - what a great view!
7 The Baker Island lighthouse is still operational. It is the oldest lighthouse in the Mount Desert Island area.
8 The sign describing the lighthouse - interesting that whale oil was once used to keep the light burning and is now powered by a 35 watt solar panel.
9 The Gilley burial ground - Charles A. Gilley died at 67-years of age.
10 Phebe J. Stanley lived to be 87-years and 3-months old. The Stanleys came to Baker Island to marry Gilley girls.
11 Samuel B. Gilley died in 1922 at 70-years and 25-days of age.
12 A lovely view of the mountains of Mount Desert Island
13 Baker Island is known for its flat rock formations. On the south shore is a series of huge flat slabs of granite, referred to as the 'Dance Floor,' where dances were actually held.
14 The pink granite boulders along the shore are amazing.
15 I love the contrast of pink and blue.
16 Enjoying the wonderful surroundings
17 My friend, Stephen Sills - celebrated interior designer - was amazed by these formations.
18 He wished that he could carry just one away with him.
19 Scott was fascinated.
20 The tide was going out.
21 Island sculpture