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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise

We departed from North East Harbor at 10 this morning on the "Sea Princess" for a very pleasant and informative 2 1/2 hour cruise guided by Park Ranger Bob Thayer.

During the cruise we saw harbor seals on Bunker Ledge, ospreys, a bald eagle, and harbor porpoises. We boated past the Bear Island lighthouse, Greening Island, Sutton Island and arrived on Little Cranberry Island. We had time to walk through the town of Islesford located on Little Cranberry Island and imagine what life is like for the 70 year round residents. My brother visited the maritime museum while I toured the art galleries and bought a homemade ice cream sandwich. Our guide, Ranger Thayer, was very knowledgeable about everything from lobster fishing and wildlife to the glamorous "cottages" and geology of Sommes Sound. I especially liked how he used art reproductions to show what life was like in the 1800's. The Sea Princess office staff and boat crew did a great job in creating a wonderful experience for all on board. Thank you Acadia National Park and Sea Princess Cruises for allowing us to experience this trip!!

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