1 This is Lillie Johnson’s 40-foot Hinckley Talaria, Astrea, coming to pick me up at Bartlett's Landing on Mt. Desert Island. We were destined for Frenchboro and Rich’s Head, Long Island in Blue Hill Bay.
2 That morning, the fog kept coming and going in great rolling misty masses, making it extremely difficult to see anything. Navigation in such weather is difficult and dangerous and instruments on board are very important.
3 The north shore isthmus to Rich’s Head is a long, narrow spit of land, which is covered in round and oval rocks, worn smooth in a roiling sea bed for thousands of years.
4 The rocks are so uniquely shaped and everyone spends a long time looking down, examining the most evenly shaped specimens.
5 This is a good view of the rocky shore.
6 The beach is littered with driftwood and there are thousands of little spiders living amongst the rocks.
7 Richard Rockefeller on north shore of Rich’s Head - This isthmus was recently gifted to MCHT by David Rockefeller along with a major portion of the land that makes up the rest of Long Island. It is approximately 192 acres with 14,000 feet of shoreline.
8 There is a massive bank of driftwood along one edge of the isthmus. The entire isthmus was cleared of most of sea detritus in the last year.
9 We took a short hike along one side of the isthmus finding gorgeous views, clusters of pine trees, and even grassy fields.
10 This is MDI Regional Steward, Terry Towne pointing to where trash and 3.8 tons of fishing gear had been removed and hauled away from Rich’s Head last summer by MCHT Stewards.
11 This is what the shore looked like before the cleanup. Photo Courtesy MCHT
12 This is the garbage barge that was used to haul all of that netting, styrofoam, lobster pots, broken buoys, etc., leaving the beaches much more pristine and beautiful. Photo courtesy MCHT
13 This is what the area looks like today. Photo courtesy MCHT
14 There are cranberry bogs, blueberry fields, and spruce and pine groves on the island.
15 As on my trip around Jordan Pond that same week, there were hundreds of spider webs everywhere in the trees.
16 Here I am walking through Rich's Head with Kurt, Richard, and Terry. Photo courtesy MCHT
17 Because there is so little soil covering the granite island, tree roots grow shallowly. High winds and storms cause blowdowns everywhere as a result. A good thing is that the blowdowns actually create great habitats for sea birds.
18 The south shore of Rich’s Head is extremely rocky and nothing much can grow along the rocky shores of such an inhospitable place.
19 Further inland, the rocks are covered with decorative lichens, like these.
20 The coast was very notched with many little coves, like this one.
21 An errant thistle growing amidst the sea grass
22 As we walked, the round rock beaches were replaced by broken and shattered stone shores.
23 Such rocky, uneven shores made garbage removal very dangerous and tedious.
24 Bob Deforrest, Billy Helprin, and Richard Rockefeller on the south shore of Rich’s Head
25 I love coasts like this, as do so many artists who flock here to paint these scenes.
26 The rocks are now flat, thick rectangles, which are great for stonewalls and buildings! Of course, they're far from where a contractor can access them.
27 With the dense fog and soaring trees, the shore is mysterious.
28 Oftentimes, there are balanced rocks, like this one which looks man made but obviously is not.
29 Walking here is difficult - ankle twisting terrain.
30 Kurt, Richard, Terry, Bob, and Billy pause on the rocks.
31 Folks finally got a glimpse of the sun, as the fog is burned off to make way for a beautiful day on the water and land.
32 Our hike ended where it began on the round rock shore.
33 I was surprised to see so much shore and beach, which was all obscured by fog when we arrived.
34 Beach combing - Photo courtesy MCHT
35 This is my favorite photo of the beach.
36 We used a dinghy to get back to the boat. Photo courtesy MCHT
37 Did we forget someone?
38 Back on board the boat, we were served a great lunch that Lillie packed - a platter of fresh vegetables from Lillie’s home garden - the beans and carrots were especially tasty.
39 How nice! MCHT was prepared to celebrate my birthday (one day early) with a birthday banner, balloons, and cupcakes.
41 Here I am at the helm with Captain Jad, who was nice enough to let me try out this version of a Hinckley boat. I certainly could get used to this new boat, which is four feet longer than mine, but oh so much bigger overall!
42 With Lillie Johnson, our hostess and owner of Astrea
43 It was nice spending time with everyone, including Kurt and Tim. Photo courtesy MCHT
44 Our wake - Photo courtesy MCHT
45 Approaching Bartlett's Landing
46 Daisy Schwartzberg and Mike Fiore were waiting for me on the dock at Bartlett's Landing.