This online document is a means of sharing the adventure of traveling on America's waterways with friends and family. Last Dance is continuing to take her crew to historical, natural, beautiful, and interesting places. Enjoy the ride.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Maine - Isle au Haut

The Isle au Haut lighthouse stands at the western end of the thorofare that becomes the Isle au Haut Harbor, the center of the civilization of the island community.

Now that lighthouse lights are automated, a full-time keeper is no longer needed.  The keeper's house on Isle au Haut has been turned into a bed and breakfast.  It truly gives an experience in living much like the lighthouse keepers once did.  There is no electricity.  In fact, many of the houses on the island do not have electrical power provided by a grid.  If they want some conveniences provided by electrically powered machines, they have to find a way to generate their own.  Not all is like during the days of the lighthouse keepers.  Guests today have chefs preparing "three gourmet meals" each day.  The Keeper's Inn

The Keeper's House Inn provides transportation in vintage appropriate vehicles for guests who arrive on the mailboat.  Isle au Haut does have a very high percentage of older and interesting cars, which were noted in a post from 2013 visit to the island.  Isle au Haut Cars

The Sunbeam made a visit to the harbor during one of Last Dance's stays.  They had a couple special missions to accomplish on this trip.  One was hosting a summer camp on the boat.  Look closely and you can see the campers on the upper deck preparing to jump in the harbor for a swim.

The second was to assist Kendra, good friend and proprietress of Shore Shop Gifts, host a workshop for the Island Fellows, an Americorp supported project providing services to Maine's 15 unbridged, full-time inhabited islands.  The Island fellows are developing projects at the requests of the island citizens, which range from after school to assisted living programs.  The Last Dance crew got to spend time with the Island Fellows at a community potluck dinner,  They are talented and enthusiastic young people doing amazing work.  Shore Shop Gifts

Interesting boats cruise the waters and drop anchor for a visit at this scenic island.