Mount Desert Island is as far 'Downeast' as we planned to go this season and we have now backtracked with a nice sail to Pulpit Harbor on North Haven Island in Penobscot Bay (44d09.36'N, 68d53.27'W, 50 ft to avoid the inner harbor crowds). A cocktail party awaited our arrival at 1730 with the chance conjunction of a few boats summer cruise plans in the same harbor.
Pulpit Harbor with its hidden entrance guarded by a huge osprey nest on Pulpit Rock, is a beautiful and calm anchorage popular with local tall ships and cruisers alike. Ashore we found nice walking, friendly people and a well stocked general store within a ten walk from the dinghy dock (across the bridge and to the right then just past the cemetary). The walk to the left once across the bridge leads to an honesty stand selling local oysters for $10 a baker's dozen. The caterpillars were spinning huge cocoons in the trees with butterflies and wildflowers in profusion. Old wooden schooners sailed thru the narrow entrance into the small cove and dropped their anchors among the modern yachts to demonstrate for their paying passengers ample seamanship stemming from New England's deep maritime roots. Cruising friends we only knew from the morning SSB radio net arrived as part of a club rally (Ocean Cruising Club) and it was nice to put faces to names and share some sea stories in person.