Valley Cove 2014 and a Coast Guard story

We have been anchored in Valley Cove since Thursday and love it as much as we did last year.   We’ve kayaked and paddled the SUP board.  We’ve hiked up to Flying Mountain to the south.  At 269′, I’m not sure it’s actually a mountain, but it is a fun jaunt up the hill.  Then, Hannes and Greg hiked to the top of Valley Peak and St. Sauveur Mt (at 679′ it was more like a mountain).  The cliffs near Valley Peak provided a great view of Somes Sound and Valley Cove.

View of Valley Cove and Mount Desert Island from Valley peak.  Hurrah is at anchor in the bottom center.

View of Valley Cove and Mount Desert Island from Valley peak. Hurrah is at anchor in the bottom center.

Here’s a zoomed-in shot of Hurrah at anchor. Note Tracy and Anna on deck.

Hurrah at anchor in Valley Cove

Hurrah at anchor in Valley Cove

The cliffs on the western side of Valley Cove are beautiful.  Currently, the trail that works it’s way under the cliffs are closed due to their summer residents.

Trail Closed due to Peregrine Falcons

Trail Closed due to Peregrine Falcons

We have seen the peregrine falcons a few times and have often heard their piercing calls.

This morning, we took a dinghy ride over to Southwest Harbor for a few provisions and a blueberry pie at the bakery we liked so much last year.  It didn’t disappoint.

In the harbor tour, we passed by the Coast Guard Station.

Southwest Harbor Coast Guard Station

Southwest Harbor Coast Guard Station

We actually spoke with these folks quite a bit Wednesday night from Long Island.  It turns out, that while on deck tasting rum, Wendy and then Greg saw a red parachute flare towards Swan’s Island.  We called the Coast Guard.  They sent out a boat.  While that boat was en route, we saw another flare.  Fortunately, they saw it too.  They searched all night and even used an aircraft over night and in the morning, but didn’t find anything.   In the process, we learned what the Coast Guard will ask when you tell them you saw a flare:

1) the magnetic bearing

2) the height at the peak.  Use your fists at the end of your extended arm to estimate the fist heights (a fist thumb up and pinky down makes about 8 degrees of arc)

3) the duration the flare is airborne.

We did well answering these questions, and now will do even better.  Hopefully we won’t have the opportunity.    On to Bar Harbor tomorrow.

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