Maine Monday: Stage Island
This journey had to be timed just right to coincide with low tide. At low tide you can walk right out from the mainland to Stage Island.
Each low tide reveals an entirely new terrain. Sometimes sand dollars are left behind or horseshoe crabs. A lot of dead sea life gets washed ashore. If you are really focused you can find sea glass that wasn’t visible with the previous low tide.
Here’s a view looking back at the mainland.
If I’m remembering correctly, our guide that took us to Wood Island told us that Stage Island was utilized for drying fish although I can’t find anything online to corroborate this information. Presently Stage Island is for the birds and a few explorers to enjoy. The monument on Stage Island is a day monument with the purpose of warning boats of the island’s existence only during the day, it is not lit.
You can read more about Stage Island, here, where they describe the tragedies that ensued while building the monument in the early 1800’s.
The flora was spectacular on this gorgeous day.
As is typical of most of Maine’s coast the outer edges of the island were very rocky and with the very shallow water the rocks surprise many boaters around these three islands of Stage, Negro and Wood. All heed the monument!
The above view is of Stage Island from the mainland at high tide. A pretty drastic, twice daily tidal occurrence.