Our ‘Adventures of the day’ bring us to some pretty cool places!!
Islesford and the rest of Little Cranberry Island, has a very unique and relaxed island lifestyle that is desired by many. The experience is like being able to take informal, safe, and unfettered strolls throughout a large extended neighborhood, where soon, you begin feeling as if you are a welcome member of that community yourself. People are relaxed, very friendly, and accommodating. This warm and inviting hospitality is why so many people desire to vacation on the coast of Maine. It is a place, surrounded by ocean, where you can relax and get recharged at the same time. The fact that you can get some of the best seafood in the country here, does not hurt either!
Maine Coast Heritage & Trust / Frenchboro Preserve is accessible only by boat and is striking with beauty. This very small island offers challenging hiking trails that begin near Lunt Harbor’s working waterfront and lead to dramatic rocky bluffs, remote beaches and stunning views of Mount Desert Island. The town population hovering somewhere around 50 people we think it’s fair enough to say it’s ‘on the water and away from the crowds’. Which you know we love!! Not only does it feel like your turning back time when coming out here, but Frenchboro is also great for wildlife observation and photography of the rugged Atlantic shoreline.
Named after one of the 1st settlers on the island Abraham Somes, this body of water running deep into Mount Desert Island is one of the main sites of Acadia National Park. Join us for a very unique boat trip where we load up boats on a boat. You heard that right…boats on a boat. We load up to 4 kayaks and or SUPs on our center console boat and take in the cruise to sightseeing along the way to the head of Somes Sound. From there we deploy our water craft and paddle along what is considered to be the only fjard (a deep carved out glacial depression or valley surrounded by steep mountains). Our captain then maintains a safe distance keeping a good eye out for our paddlers helping to maintain their safety along the way. If paddling along just isn’t your thing, thats totally ok to, as you are more than welcome just to hang on the boat and take it all in from there. We allow ourself about 3 hours for this adventure, half of which is covering 3mi of paddling and the other half simply taking in the sites / nature cruise. We always say we don’t tip the wildlife but there is a good chance of seeing some harbor seals, porpoise, bald eagles and way more!
This past year has been a challenging year to say the very least ! But within it, we here at Acadia Ocean Adventures have not only found the silver lining but have also just added more water line in general : ) With the demand to get out on the water away from the crowds bigger than ever, we were happy to help oblige. This is where I begin my subtle apology for not being better at posting. If you thought I was bad at keeping up with it before…this past season has left no minute to be left unturned / un-enjoyed out on the water and definitely not a whole lot of time to sit in front of a computer. I believe this to be a good thing : ) We are excited to have added 2 new boats to our mix. The 1st being a 19′ Cape Dory Typhoon. This boat has been a wonderful addition for both lessons and as a rental for those that have a solid set of sailing skills themselves. The 2nd boat new to the mix is a 22′ power boat that comfortably takes 6 passengers out on super fun excursions, picnics and nature cruises. Our season is not over yet…so the excitement continues ! Please stay tuned / feel free to follow us on our instagram or Facebook page !!
My apologizes for not being further up to date / keeping up with the blog a bit more. The truth is, we have been going to Fun Town – Splash Town just about everyday around here ! We have been seriously blessed with some amazing summer sailing weather and we have had the amazing opportunity to take full advantage everyday we can : )
Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend the day on the water with a super cool group of paddlers ! Special shout out to Nate Hanson with Pinniped Kayak ! Nate is always there to help take my kayaking skills to the next level. If you never taking any of his classes..do it ! Not only did I have the opportunity to check back in with my own skill set ( always a good thing to do ) but Pinniped Kayak always leaves me with a whole new set of tools and skills to refine.
Now to the question, what do all these letters mean together and why is there a 3 in the middle..ha ?! Short answer : American Canoe Association Level 3 Instructor Development Workshop. A bit longer of a explanation : Here at Acadia Ocean Adventures we will continue to stay committed to building our skills and adapting to our ever changing environment while paddling. Doing workshops like this helps us cover certain content IE: Risk management, practical navigation, identifying goals for each individual, maneuvering in 2-3ft seas with up to 15kts of wind ( obviously not for everyone but good to train in ) universal principals and much, much more..
Now to sum it up : Kayaking is fun, and its done on the water, so we believe that during kayaking instruction we should be having fun on the water as much as possible! We also believe one of the best ways to get there is keep our own skills personally tuned and refined over and over and over.