Maine: day 3

Waking up in Belfast was very nice. We had a cooling storm pass through the area that moved on by the time we left our room. A footbridge dedicated to the men of Belfast who faught in WWI crosses the harbor. It was a nice way to start the day. Next we drove south to Camden. We passed through the day before and it looks pretty happening. It was for sure. Very cute. We were hungry right away, and since we don’t do well unless we are fed, that was the first goal. Unfortunately, when we get hungry, we get indecisive. This leaves us cranky with an otherwise easy decision. Luckily we stumbled upon a great find. The Old World Potato Company. Sara had a sweet potato seafood chowdah (insert eastern accent) and I had a vegetable chili with half sandwich. Peanut butter, banana, honey and (the kicker) bacon. Awesome. After that we explored the town on foot. Eventually we drove to Rockport to… Well… Do nothing really. Just walk around. It was great. We starting getting pretty exhausted. Day 3 must be the sleepy day of tourism because on our drive we found a small park by the water and fell asleep on the ground for an hour or so. I know, life is so hard. 

After a quick dinner, we decided to call it a night early. We are going to Bar Harbour tomorrow. Acadia, here we come. 
No smoking allowed. Very Punny 🙂
Enjoying an apple in Belfast.
Camden
Awesome. Bacon and Bananas.
Save the whales. Recycle the ropes!
Pretty cool.
Rockport
Where we took a nap. 




Maine: day 2

Today we left Boothbay Harbour after a whale watching tour. We saw sunfish (the saltwater kind) and 2-3 fin whales (the second largest species). We made our way to Belfast by way of the Cellar Door Winery in Linconville (free wine and food pairings and great chocolate). Finally, we finished with dinner (Darby's, Sara had a chicken rosemary gorgonzola pasta and I had a beef and marsala mushroom pot pie) and a haunted historic tour in Belfast. this trip is getting expensive 🙂 but that is why we are so frugal, so we can have fun from time to time.

FIberglass Anyone?

Last night, I decided to take a peek at cragslist for fly rods. I’ve been looking for a saltwater rod in the 8-10 range. I’ve been saving up for one of two brands that have lifetime warranties, something I think is necessary. That being said, it never hurts to look for a bargain.

Last night I found a Martin “Tuffy” model 3-017: 8wt for $20. It looks like it has never been used. Honestly, practically mint condition. Now, it may not be worth even $20. If so, great! I’ll feel less guilty using such a well preserved rod.

Here are a few close-ups of the important parts. I’ve never used fiberglass. Anyone have any tips or suggestions? Is there anything I should do to touch it up? Cement the eyelet threading? I have no idea.

And here are a couple poppers I tried to tie. The bodies are made of synthetic wine corks. There is some streamer hair, deer tail (thanks Grandpa for picking up that road kill), and some flash in there as well. I used Bic permanent markers to color the heads.

Check One, Two. This is Just a Test.

I tested out the new strip bucket…. I only have one piece of “flare” on it as I stuck my other fishing stickers on my computer or car… I think I might paint it… Not sure.  Thanks T! for the fig leaf.  Without it, my bucket would be naked.

I got 99 problems but a bucket ain’t one.

Now to test out the goods…
grab the line
pull the line
put it in the bucket
I look a lot tougher than I am. I got sun burnt and it hurts.