Ever since we drove upon “my family’s” island 32 years ago, I thought it would be cool to someday visit by boat. We needed very calm weather, as you’re pretty much anchoring in an unprotected cove right off the Atlantic Ocean. Rackliff Island is a small island, connected to the mainland with a causeway, in the vicinity of Port Clyde. My Rackliffe family (their variation at the time was without an “e” at the end) has northeast roots going back to William Rackliff who settled in Portsmouth, NH in 1640. Within a few years, the expanding family moved northward throughout Maine. 300 years later, best I can determine, Rackliff Island was likely owned by Alvin Rackliff as he lived on nearby Weir Point. Alvin was a lifelong lobsterman who passed away in 2012 at nearly 92. Until age 78, he was still hauling 800 lobster pots. Alvin would be a bit surprised (& disappointed) that his island has been subdivided into lots with houses running $600,00 – $2,000,00+.
The Marshall Point lighthouse used in the filming of Forest Gump. Forest (Tom Hanks) concluded his cross-county run on the walkway out to the lighthouse.
The weather has been unusually cool & rainy up here the last few weeks – we were hoping for the same glorious July weather we experienced 3 years ago, but … not this year.
We’re continuing to head back south – Lori says we can’t stop until we find some warmth!
A few miles offshore, we spotted this fin swimming alongside …
No … but something almost as scary … an Ocean Sunfish. They were given this name as they appear to be sunning themselves while swimming on their sides near the surface. This one appeared to be a youngin’, as adults grow to over 6 feet. This photo is not distorted – they have a very unique roundish shape, including their distinctly shaped tail.
We had a few nice days here, but not as much as back then. This time, no visit from Benj & Lily, no Celtic Festival & our favorite french bakery closed down last week 😦
We often stumble upon unique surprises … now covered in shrink wrap within sight of our slip in Belfast is the USS Sequoia as she arrived 2 years ago aboard a barge from Virginia. The Sequoia was known as the “floating White House” with 8 U.S. presidents using her between 1993 – 1977. Numerous famous events took place aboard, including Roosevelt & Churchill planning D-day with maps on the salon table, JFK’s last birthday party & Nixon’s making his fateful decision to resign. You can spend a few hours reading the very fascinating history & viewing photos on-line from numerous sources. After tens of millions of dollars & several years of restoration right here, she will be re-launched & cruise back to DC under private ownership.
Belfast will be our most “Down East” destination. We’ll spend the next few weeks more slowly heading south stopping at all of the great spots we’ve sped by!