|From left; Scott, Tom (Kathy's), Heather, Brenda, John,|
Kathy, Gigi and Tom (Gigi's)
Frenchboro has a population of 61 people, 21 households and 16 families, half of which have children under 18. There is an elementary school on the island through grade 8. This is not a fancy resort or summer home community. The homes we saw were quintessential Maine, simple and white.
Walking paths wind all through the island. Tom and Gigi have been there many times and led us through the woods to the long stony beach and then along the shore in a large circle back to the town. As you can see the views were spectacular and the day, beautiful. Unfortunately the little lobster shack with the promised ultimate lobster rolls was closed, but the "larger" "Frenchboro Offshore Store" on the dock was open. And the 1/2 pound lobster roll was delicious - and expensive at $16. John and Scott got the better deal with the lobster dinner; lobster, corn, cole slaw and dessert for $10. Tom (Gigi's) insisted that everyone have the blueberry pie for dessert and treated us. It was excellent.
Another lovely trip back to Swan's Island and in time for the Sweet Chariot Boat concert cruise around the harbor. Our cheering and waving brought them back for a turn around our boat. Everyone joined in on the sea chanty. What a terrific day!
|Scott and I on the bow of Jumbie with John mugging behind|
|Yet another lovely schooner|
|Tom and Gigi of "Sapphire"|
|A close encounter|
|The lobsters waiting for the pot and us!|
|The tiny town of Frenchboro|
|Lobster fishing is the major occupation|
|Tom's promised football lobster rolls didn't materialize|
|View of the harbor from the hill|
|The long beach covered with smooth rocks|
|The rocky shoreline and the trail just inside|
|Another schooner off in the distance between the branches|
|One lovely view after another on this trail|
|And as you can see, perfect weather|
|The men chat while waiting for us ladies to catch up|
|Distinct trail markings|
|Kathy at the helm with Tom looking on|
|We arrived just in time for another serenade by the|
Sweet Chariot Music Festival's boat and crew