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Previous times that we were in Maine, we always skipped Portland. Not so this time. We're on a mooring here, and we leave to take Nick to Vermont tomorrow morning.
We spent last night on Jewel Island. It's a bad pun but Jewel is a jewel. It is an unimproved Maine State Park, and it's great. See the panorama below of the little bay we're anchored in.
Nick and I set out in the dinghy to capture a mussel dinner. No such luck. There are no mussels on Jewel, not even any shells of dead mussels. I wonder why so many in Penobscot Bay but none here in Casco Bay?
This morning we saw an abrupt transition. We went from the natural isolation at Jewel Island to the commercial shipping harbor in downtown Portland. This is the first city we've seen since New Bedfort, or Washington DC.
Readers: don't expect any new blogs until next Monday.