This summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to improve my adventurous side with my three little adventurers. For as much as we are constantly schlepping around attending various fun-filled functions, I occasionally feel like we are lacking true adventure.
This summer we were fortunate enough to stay for a week in the beautiful town of Lubec Maine. With a little over 1,300 year-round residents, Lubec, snuggled up against the Canadian border, is the Easternmost town in the United States. The rugged terrain and overall remoteness provided us with ample opportunity to up our adventure!
Our first adventure lead us to Bog Brook Cove, where we hiked to a remote beach and were able to explore some amazing caves. My little adventurers loved the rugged terrain of the beach, and were amazed at the speed and depth of the rising tides. In the late morning, we made it to a small patch of quiet sand. We stayed about half an hour and noticed that the tide was quickly coming in and our sand island was disappearing. Within five minutes of us walking away, we looked back and saw nothing but water…the aggressiveness of the tide left my daughters speechless (which is quite uncommon!)
Our second adventure brought us to Downeast Charter Boat Tours. Apprehensive as I am about small spaces, I reluctantly boarded the Lorna Doone, with my favorite six-year old in tow. The morning was overcast and as the locals say, the fog was as thick as “pea soup.” The Lorna Doone is a tiny vessel that holds only six passengers, besides the Captain.
As we headed out in to the open water we received a radio call from another boat in the area tipping us off to a handful of whales that were spotted near-by. The Captain brought the boat about and shut off the engine. We sat silently in the water, unable to see more than a few feet in front of us. I could tell that my daughter was a bit nervous, because honestly it was a little creepy. But then suddenly, we heard the first whale surface right beside us. The whale let out a remarkable blow, and we could hear the large mammal moving through the water by our boat. Although we couldn’t see them, we could hear and feel them, and the experience of it all made the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up. It was one of the most remarkable experiences I have had in a long while, and I hope it is something that my daughter will always remember.
Eventually the fog lifted and we were able to see more whales, several families of porpoises, seals and a handful of bald eagles. It was a remarkable experience, and the best way to spend a Wednesday morning in July.
I enjoyed our Downeast adventures, and I look forward to some exciting fall and wintertime adventures!
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