Maine

We took the Sprinter van to Maine for a overnight camping trip.    The van isn’t finished yet (are they ever?) but we wanted to see what worked and what we need.  We also wanted to visit a Boothbay boatyard to  check the progress on a big schooner  I had worked on, and check out the building progress on a freiend’s house near Rockport.

We got a campsite near Boothbay on an inlet that was a salt marsh. Click to enlarge…

Morning View

Morning View

It was pretty cool there, especially since the van isn’t fully insulated and we had no heat source.  The blankets were welcome.   Our Newfoundland dog adapted easily, but since it got dark at 7 and light at 7AM, it was a long nite for her, and she wanted to get up early and walk around.  Camping in the summer will be easier because of the longer days, we can stay up later and get up earlier.  We will also install an electrical recepticle so we can plug in to “shore power” and use a small electrical heater in conditions like that.

Cooking was easy on the little Colman stove using regular gas for fuel.   We are still thinking of a crockpot and the posibility of cooking underway if we can build it into a secure location.  The refrigerator worked fine.      In a long drive we got 24.88 mpg even though we were stuck in Boston traffic for at least an hour of stop and go driving.  Staying at the speed limit or a little lower  is important.

One of the neighbors at the campsite liked our diesel - he also towed a trailer with a different diesel and made biodiesel himself for it,  He said it was pretty easy.  He liked the ME area  - was from Ohio.  A lot of dog campers there  and they were quiet.

Visiting the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard was very interesting.  I had worked as a mate on a Sailing School Vessel called Ernestina.  It is an 1894 Gloucester fishing schooner that has taken out thousands of kids on trips from 4 hours to a week.  Its busy time as a sailing school vessel was from around 1994 to 2004.  The history before that was as a cod fishing boat on the Grand Banks, an Arctic explorer under the command of Captain Robert Bartlet of Newfoundland, and a Trans-Atlantic packet schooner traveling between Cape Verde and New England.   Since 2004 it has been waiting for some money for some major repairs.   It is the official Mass. Tall ship, but for a while they  provided very litle support.    It is finally in a position where there is both State, Federal money and private funds have enabled a major rebuild. 

Ernestina Bow

Ernestina Bow

She is about 150 ft. overall and weighs 260 tons. For more info see http://sailernestina.org/?q=node/121

On Thursday, we drove up to a beautiful site near Rockland to look at a building site of a friend. They are on a hill overlooking a 200 degree view including Rockland Harbor and sweeping almost to Camden.  It includes many ME islands.

Home with a View

Home with a View

 Stopped at the big new Cabelas just south of Portland,  ME on the way home.   At the fishing counter, I asked if anyone had ever fished Alaska and got lucky. One of the guys had lived up there and fished a lot. He said he preferred late Aug and Sept for fishing and said he would be glad to talk anytime about it.  Also said he would show me the rigs he liked and mark spots on the map.   The spinning ourfits he would take would include a 6# test and a 20# test rig.     Also liked the chest high breathable waders.

Our next trip to ME will be for the Maine Boatbuilders Show in March.   This is a great show and we have lots of friends that we will meet and stay with near Portland.