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tourists we always check out the information centre. Most of Mt Desert Island comprises Acadia National Park. Much of the park was donated by the Rockefeller family who built many of the picturesque stone bridges and the narrow lanes linking attractive bays and inlets on the island about the size of Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf. The free buses run frequently and it was easy to get off, walk a few kilometres along paths and beaches then hop back on another bus. It was Maine just as we had imagined it, with rocky slopes and lush forest and white beaches. Cafes had lobsters prepared in different ways at rock bottom prices, a small consolation for the hours spent steering between the prolific pots and their buoys. Trails through the national park provided lengthy walks and the park holiday homes are popular during the heat of summer when New York can be stifling. The Maine coastline is a series of secluded rivers and inlets, small islands and rocky peninsulas that were a pleasure to explore. We became adept at performing our daily dance through the lobster pot buoys which Karin described as ‘hundreds and thousands’ spread on blue icing on a cake. Sometimes it was a leisurely waltz when the buoys were spread out, then a quickstep or tango when they closed up. Both of us needed to keep a lookout taking turns at spinning the wheel back and forth as Victoria rocked around the lobster pots like a teenager at a disco. We cursed whenever another float suddenly popped up just ahead and no doubt many passed beneath unseen. Only once did we pirouette when a float fouled our rudder as we sailed along in a fresh breeze; fortunately it soon broke clear. Every day we heard boats on the radio seeking assistance as they became entangled and everyone we spoke with had a lobster-pot tale of woe. In response to the warnings and Pretty daysailers are popular on the Maine coastline. An inelegant military craft, designed to travel under the radar. Lobster pots reminded us of hundreds and thousands on a cake, but were a hazard to navigation. Karin walking in Acadia National Park, Mt Desert Island. 88 Boating New Zealand March 2014 Cruising_Jim Lott_March14.indd 88 18/02/2014 8:10:55 a.m.
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