It was quite an exciting week around our home on wheels. First, Brent’s mom flew in to spend a couple of weeks with us, and then we packed up and moved as far east as we could go. We wanted to go east so that we could say we’ve been to the easternmost point of the United States.
Where we stayed: Seaview Campground
City: Eastport, ME
This campground was right on the water, but our site was up near the office. We were just lucky that they had a spot open at the last minute. Sites at this campground had full hook ups, there was a laundry room with three washers and three dryers, and there was a rec room with tons of books, games, and puzzles.
The views out by the water were also pretty spectacular!
Most of the week it was raining due to remnants of a hurricane that made it’s way north, but on one of the evenings that it didn’t rain we ventured into Eastport for a drive around the town. We saw that they offered whale watching tours, so we decided that we’d reserve tickets to do that on Saturday afternoon. This ended up being one of the most amazing things we’ve ever done. Here are a few pictures from our tour:
As a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, I absolutely loved that this ended up being our boat. It’s a 51-foot, 70-passenger U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel. Diver Ed and the other tour guides on our boat were fantastic. I found out after the fact that Diver Ed has a Dive-In Theater that I think the kids would have loved. We’ll have to make our way back and check that out someday.
I guess they typically head out to see the seals and then to certain areas to watch for whales before heading back in to do a lobster catch. We did see some Minke’s during our tour, but we just happened to be out there when other boats notified them of humpback sightings further out into the bay. So they asked everyone if we wanted to go watch for the humpbacks or do the lobster catch. The consensus was humpbacks…of course!
There’s a pattern to how the humpbacks come up to the surface. You’ll see them pop up about every 15 minutes. First they’ll just hang out. Then they’ll sink down. They might do this about 3 times. And the final time, they’ll come out of the water a little further, almost like they arch their back so they can descend. As they descend, their tails come up out of the water. It’s really slow so you get a great “ooh, ahh” moment when it happens. We saw them do this about 3 or 4 different times. It was one of the most interesting and beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I think I took some video where both humpbacks’ tails came up out of the water at the same time. Maybe one of these days we’ll get some video posted so you can see it, too.
Despite Canada requiring a negative Covid test or proof that you received a Covid vaccine, we went into Canada without either of them. I guess the boats have the ok to be in Canadian waters as long as they don’t let anyone on the land, so I joke that we went to Canada without having to succumb to their crazy rules.
We ended our tour passing the Head Harbour Lightstation (so picturesque) and saw a couple of bald eagles up in the trees on the cliffs. It was such a fantastic day and week!
Next week we’ll head back to our friends’ property near Bangor, ME.