Mt. Deserted Island

Posted by F&S

While we were in Maine last weekend, the three of us dogs wandered around looking for action.  We were quite startled at how empty the little towns were and at how so many of our favorite shops were closed up tight.  Mount Desert Island was looking more like Mount Deserted Island!

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Girls!  What's going on here?  We dropped by the Post Office only to discover this place is a ghost town!  Where are all the people?

1 Girls! What's going on here? We dropped by the Post Office only to discover this place is a ghost town! Where are all the people?

The Naturalist's Notebook is all closed up.  Mount Desert is feeling more like Mount Deserted!  Come on, girls!  Let's hop in the car and I'll drive us around town.  Maybe we can figure out where everyone went?

2 The Naturalist's Notebook is all closed up. Mount Desert is feeling more like Mount Deserted! Come on, girls! Let's hop in the car and I'll drive us around town. Maybe we can figure out where everyone went?

Wow, Sharkey!  G.K. is right.  Northeast Harbor is looking pretty desolate.  It's eerie!  I guess it's still too early in the season for all of the summer residents to be visiting.

3 Wow, Sharkey! G.K. is right. Northeast Harbor is looking pretty desolate. It's eerie! I guess it's still too early in the season for all of the summer residents to be visiting.

A lot of folks have summer homes up here.  Did you know that the Wabanaki Indians used to spend the summers here, taking advantage of the salmon fishing?  Then they moved inland, where they spent their winters.

4 A lot of folks have summer homes up here. Did you know that the Wabanaki Indians used to spend the summers here, taking advantage of the salmon fishing? Then they moved inland, where they spent their winters.

Even the Docksider Restaurant is closed!  The Wabanaki also trapped Maine lobsters and other shellfish that are so abundant here.

5 Even the Docksider Restaurant is closed! The Wabanaki also trapped Maine lobsters and other shellfish that are so abundant here.

No one is at The Great Harbor Maritime Museum, either.  Mount Desert was named by French Explorer Samuel de Champlain, who called it 'Isles des Monts Desert,' because of its rocky shoreline.

6 No one is at The Great Harbor Maritime Museum, either. Mount Desert was named by French Explorer Samuel de Champlain, who called it 'Isles des Monts Desert,' because of its rocky shoreline.

Martha loves shopping at Shaw Jewelry!  This area didn't really get settled until the late 19th century.

7 Martha loves shopping at Shaw Jewelry! This area didn't really get settled until the late 19th century.

Because of its remote location and the beautiful water views, people took a fancy to this area and began vacationing here, escaping the crowded cities.

8 Because of its remote location and the beautiful water views, people took a fancy to this area and began vacationing here, escaping the crowded cities.

Oh Sharkey, before we know it, these streets will be hopping with the summer visitors and all of our favorite shops will be open for business once again.

9 Oh Sharkey, before we know it, these streets will be hopping with the summer visitors and all of our favorite shops will be open for business once again.

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  • Hi girls and GK.
    Thbat sure is a pretty town. Before you know it there will be tourists everywhere so enjoy it now.
    I wonder how far Kirby is on his trip. He had a long way to travel. I wonder how Cora-Belle made out with her bon fire and marshmallows. I hope everyone had a good time. I wonder how Chloe is making out in Boot Camp. I hope the drill instructor is not too hard on her. I wonder if my little buddy Basil had a good night's sleep. You know, I am doing a lot of wondering this morning. That means I am thinking a lot and thinking makes me dizzy so I am going outside to enjoy the cool morning air. I will check in on everyone later.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    That place looks like a ghost town!

    Mom just loves your last picture looking through those big ears. She has a picture of me like that she calls it looking through the fat bats ears.

    So Choloe called me when mom was at work yesterday she wants me to rescue her from boot camp. I told her the file in the cake won't work at that place I have to come up with a real plan. Any suggestions? Can you believe she has to spend Easter locked up? That is just wrong - wrong I tell you!!!

    Our house guest arrive in 2 days - whipee - can you tell I'm thrilled. If she was young and like cheese curls I wouldn't mind but this is an 18 year old teenager who doesn't like dogs - God help me :(

    Basil my love you are in my prayers. I''m hoping you prove your doctor wrong and are with us for many more months.

    Zoe

  • Morning Ladies!
    Nice, cozy town. It is too early for summer people, but this is a good time to take a nice walk downtown, no people feet & legs to block the view! lol
    Of course, that means no new friends either...
    Hey, does Chloe know how to dig! I love to dig little holes in the grass, or maybe escape in the laundry truck! Nope, she won't know how to get home from the laundry! I bet she's having a good time with lots a chicken bits.
    It's cloudy & cooler here today, I'm not going to work, I'll be home napping and thinking about buddy Basil....
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • I'm back, Mimi's crying. I think she's remembering her Mitzi, Duke, Rocky and Sandy.
    Rebel

  • Hello Ladies,
    This does look like a ghost town. But what a better way to scope out the shops you really want to visit when they open. The snow from yesterday is rapidly melting. I slept very well last night, but Mom on the other hand was a mess. It think today calls for a "cc" day. That is a comfort and cuddle day. She loves making lists and more list whether for the yard or home or work, that is just her thing. So today we will have a "cc" day and make lists and rest. We haven't even decorated a bit for Easter. Mom better shape up, or the bunny won't stop at our house. Off to my "cc" day. Have a good one all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil
    P.S. Karen, Mom thanks you for sharing those special but difficult memories. It had to be so rough for you. I told her that the Glue Squad always comes through and I am glad to know she will have you all always. I know she will always be a part of things and blog. She is very wordy. Hehehehehe!

  • Hi Girl Friends,&G.K.+Glue Squaders, What a deserted place the Desert Island is right now! At least all three of you got to see all the lovely stores from the outside and they did look nice and clean! I'm sure when you go back later there will be lots of people and dogs everywhere! How nice of you to drive your sisters around, G.K.!!! Hey Basil, you sure sound great today and hope your comfort and cuddle day is perfect! You be sure to hug your wonderful Mom, Lynn! As usual, my thoughts and prayers are with both of you and all the rest of our fantastic friends! Maddox, I'm a wonderer like you and I always thing about all our friends! Zoe, how nice you are trying to take good care of Chloe-hope she does better at that camp! Rebel, I know how your Mom feels about her lost babies because my Mom thinks about her 5 she lost a lot-you give Mimi a hug for us! Sure hope all of you have another great day and stay safe! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Dear Lynn,
    Know that I have you and Basil in my prayers...how Blessed Basil is for having such a loving family, your care and love is evident...my Heart is heavy knowing what you are going through, and tears in my eyes won't help a bit. Please know we are here for you.

    The Troika pair of doggies going through the Ghost towns reminds me of Lake Geneva here in Wisconsin...I love the photos of the buildings and the History lesson we got...sounds like a great little town!

    Everyone take this day and enjoy it where ever you are...Blessings to all.

    delia & Kitty >^, ,^<

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Daddy left his laptop on and I am sending you greetings from Piegon Forge, TN. I stayed in the Smokmont Campground for a few days. Boy did I mark a lot of trees there. Must have been 200 or more. Not to worry, it rained and washed them all away. I'm doing my thing here now. We will be here for a week or so. It rained last night. Hate those thunderstorms. Here comes Daddy now; got to go.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Francesca, Sharkey, Driver G.K. and all the glue squad,
    Desert Island looks like a great place to visit in Maine. A nice, peaceful place by the sea. Mom says that being by the ocean is one of her favorite ways to relax, contemplate life and to forget stressful things in life. We are praying for our dear friend Basil and his owner Lynn and her family.He has become such a strong, courageous friend to us even though we have never met him personally. I hope you feel free to tell us whatever happens in your days ahead that you would like to write because it helps to talk about home care and hospice. Basil, I hope you have an especially nice comfort and cuddle day.
    Cora Belle, you rock! Chloe, take care and remember boot camp is almost over. Zoe, hope you have fun today and don't worry about anything. Kirby enjoy the great outdoors. Love and Licks to Maddox, Rebel, Kitty, my hero Basil, Zoe and Kitty XXX
    Abby the pug Frenchie

  • Well ladies and G.K. you have your very own personal ghost town. While you were there you could have shot a movie about where did all the people go and how you three were the only ones around. :shock:

    Chloe that's too bad about Easter. Surely you can get furlough for Easter can't you?

    Well I'm thinking about our buddy the Warrior Prince Basil and of course his wiley sidekick Guido. I'm thinking about the Warrior snuggling with him Mom by the fire or sunbathing today. Snuggled in the warmth and love of his family and friends. :smile:

  • wow..it looks like the beach town we go to in the winter ..we love it no tourists and can get our mochas and maple bars and beach comb for Japanese glass balls (Washington you can drive on the beach..up close and personal..it is fun)...Basil, guess what, one of the goofy English bulldogs went after a raccoon..I saved the day and got a bite in before it could hurt my fat little pal..while nipping it..I said it was from you..cool, huh?..Bonfire went well, lots of doggies and people..the chiweenies were naughty and tried to jump up on the food table..only they are too short..it was funny...everybody ate and we doggies all got in our enclosure for about 2 hours so the people could chat and not worry about us..it was fun...good to hear from you Kirby, see any wildlife?...Chloe, I can't think of any ideas to break you out..but then you don't want to grow up and act like me...one rogue glue squader is enough!..I hear talk about a load of ravel coming for the driveway today..Yippee..barking at the dump truck will be fun..the party last nite wore me out..but i ate enough junk food for all of you my little pals..especially some homemade elk jerky and when no one was looking I ate a smore!..even though chocolate is not good for for doggies..thought LUcinda was going to have a cow!..I must take a snooze,,over and out.. Cora-Belle

  • ..I meant to say GRAVEL,, not ravel.what a goofy cattledog I am!..later, Cora-Belle

  • Hi gang,
    Rebel, you tell Mimi that it is ok to cry. We know how sad things can be sometimes. But, we know she has you to help her get through things. Basil, I like that phrase, "having a cc day". I hope you and your mom have many more of them. Dudley, you said you are a wonderer too. Does your head get dizzy from wondering like mine does? Just wondering.
    KIRBY, alright. I didn't know if you would be able to use a computer or not on your trip. Have a great time and keep watering those trees. Cora-Belle, it sounds like you had a great time last night, but then again, I knew you would. You seem like you might have been a party girl in your younger years.
    Well Glue Squad, I guess I will go and lay on the deck. Abby, Missy Chow, and the rest of you, enjoy the rest of the day. Zoe, if you can get word to Chloe, tell her that I bet if she does good at Boot Camp the Easter Bunny will make a special trip to her house when she gets back home. But she better not eat him. hehehehe
    Maddox

  • Comfort and Cuddle Day sounds wonderful. Our mom loves making lists! We will tell her about it! We are a little out of touch with what is going on with everyone who comments on this blog but overall our mommy and we wish everyone all the best! Take care, Nicky and Kris

  • Oh, and Mommy (typing) totally forgot to comment on the Maine thing. Silly humans - trying to do things too fast and not taking their time like us cats do with things. Anyway, Maine is lovely but our Mommy and Daddy went to Maine and Vermont on their honeymoon and it was exactly like this - deserted! Almost everything closed by 5pm, if they were even open at all! They tend to go in the off season to other places for vacation like Rhode Island so they are used to it. They like getting better hotel rates and don't have to deal with the crowds!
    Nicky and Kris the cats!

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