As we continued “Down East” we stopped at Booth Bay Harbor. Boothbay is a small town that swells to over 50,000 people in the summer. Year round residents we were told are about 5,000. We heard that in the winter it’s only the lobstermen and their families and folks who work for a school or bank. Well, since we were there in the summer it was pretty happening. It was a good spot to do some outdoor activities! We got our kayaks in the water and kayaked around the harbor for a bit. It’s pretty calm waters as long as you stay away from the lobster boats!
Getting the boats in the water
Brett in the inflatable
There goes Ryan
Views from the water
We also got up early to take a hike. We took a dingy ride over to a small island that had some public hiking trails on them. Ryan and Brett kept saying how it reminded them of the Pacific Northwest but not as pretty. On our hike we were able to spy on a lobster boat checking its trap.
I spy a lobster boat!
Got anything good?
The island was pretty and small enough that we were able to go from one end to the other. We came out at the far end and had a great view of the surrounding area.
Ryan and Brett decided it was time for another homemade lobster dinner. So on a recommendation they went off to one of the fishermen and brought back our dinner. They used the same recipe as before and the lobsters turned out great.
Checking the pot.
We also spent some time enjoying the town and went out a few nights. On our last night we found a really good restaurant with sushi! Yum! We’d been getting tired of pub food so sushi was a nice change.
Ryan posing 🙂
Enjoying a night out!
Ever wonder where those delicious fish sticks of our childhood come from? Turns out they come from Gloucester, MA! We had heard good things about Gloucester which is a small fishing village so were excited to head there. Plus with our new crew Brett on board it would be a short sail to get him acquainted with the boat. The wind was blowing 20 when we left Boston so we got the sails up right away and had good sailing weather the entire trip!
We’d heard that we should take a dingy ride down one of the side canals in Gloucester and check out the houses and scenery, so one afternoon we hopped in the dingy and did just that. The canal was pretty, the houses were awesome and the views were great.
Dingy captain at work
Gloucester also has a vibrant artist community on Rocky Neck. There are over 20 galleries, some even in people’s homes! We spent a morning wandering through them before settling in for lunch. I tried a lobster roll for the first time and it was so good!
The highlight of Gloucester was getting and cooking our own lobsters. Brett found a recipe in the magazine that he was reading on the plane so we gathered the ingredients and got the pot boiling. First though Stanley had to meet the lobsters. He seemed a little hesitant and wasn’t sure if he wanted to be friends. Well there friendship wouldn’t have lasted long anyway because into the pot they went. They came out a beautiful lobster red and Ryan and Brett dug right in. There was lobster flying everywhere as they sucked it down! The verdict – DELICIOUS!
Stanley making friends
Wave for the camera!
Into the pot!