A group of my friends had a yearly tradition to boat out to Jewell Island off the coast of South Harpswell Maine.
To set up the tent. Roll out the sleeping bag. During World War Two, this island was used as one of many for national defense and comes complete with old abandoned bunkers of that era. Our mission on these yearly jaunts to camp out on Jewell? To catch the famous Bluefish. We even have t-shirts made up indicating this is the seventh annual invitation Maine Blue Fishing event and so on. Blues and shoes. Horse shoes that is.
Have I ever caught a Bluefish?
Nope. But we had great times despite the drought and will never forget being in a tent during Hurricane Hugo on Jewell Island.
Cooking fresh Maine mussels and the fish we did catch along with the laughter and catching up with old friends make Jewell Island an excellent spot to visit this year.
We brought along Houlton Farms Dairy butter for the occasion. One year hurricane Hugo happened which made the get together extra hard to forget.
If you brought a boat, the buy in for the vacation of fishing, horse shoes and fun is a reduced rate. Let’s take your boat is my thinking. One less loose end to prepare for on the hectic exit to leave work and transform into vacation boy.
The view from the old WW Two observation and gunnery towers is pretty amazing at Jewell Island.
The experience of how close that war was to Maine when you only thought it revolved around other parts of the world.
Floating your boat, camping out, cooking over a fire. Maine is perfect for those kind of coastal adventures. Getting to know Maine starts with camping, vacation time logged and discovering her magic.
Maine is outdoors year round and getting off the couch. Ready for some of that? Is something missing where you live now?
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