September 21, 2013

September 21, 2013  Day 122  Casco Bay
Mooring Ball at Brewer Marine
South Freeport, Maine

We waited until the morning fog lifted and left our mooring ball at 9:45, still under an overcast sky, but the water was calm. We had a very short distance to travel today – just 6 miles to Freeport which is on the Harraseeket River on Casco Bay. We were on an “inside route” and saw many small islands which add to the fun of traveling and looking for the unexpected.  We always wonder who lives in those houses on such tiny islands!
A little house on a little island

We arrived at Brewer Marine and one of the dockhands met us in a small skiff and led us to the mooring ball – there are so many here! We felt like this was the north forty!

After lunch we dinghied to shore and called a taxi to take us into town.  Freeport is a small, pretty town but has lots of tourists who come shopping here.

Although there are many stores, including several outlets, our destination was the LL Bean Flagship Store, with three floors, a café, a bookstore and a coffee shop.  It is part of the LL Bean campus that has a Home Store, a Hunting and Fishing Store, a Biking and Watersports Store, a park, etc…  LL Bean is open 24/7 and we heard there are no locks on their doors!  We did some Christmas shopping and had some success!  Next we walked to a local market and bought a few things; then it was back to the boat by taxi.

We cooked dinner on board tonight and relaxed with television, reading, and our computers.  We plan to stay here again tomorrow since rain is forecast.  We will plan our next few stops before we go anywhere.