Restaurant reservations aside, a sunset cruise on a tall boat was the only pre-arranged bit of entertainment on our road trip along the Maine Coast. Late September evenings are already quite cold at those latitudes when you are on open water, but bundling up and taking ample advantage of the drinks offered onboard went a long way for making it tolerable. And the experience itself was great.
It was still full daylight in the Camden harbor when we started our journey.
The harbor at Camden is part of Penobscot Bay, with the marina technically sitting in the mouth of Megunticook River. Here is a look back at the town waterfront.
A lighthouse on Curtis Island.
The small crew of a not too small vessel asked passengers for help with raising sails. Guess who volunteered?
Other sailboats offered various picture opportunities during the voyage.
Sunset itself was less picturesque than we anticipated, but I suspect we are spoiled in that regard.
And here is another view of the Camden waterfront.
The 2-hour sunset sail on Appledore II Windjammer is well worth it, even though after a short introductory speech from the captain there was no further commentary. Socializing with fellow passengers – as much as social distancing permitted – and looking out to the bay and the coast combined for a pleasant way to spend part of a vacation evening.
And with that, my series of photo essays from our first trip to Maine comes to its end.