An eastern tour at home by Joel CookAn eastern tour at home by Joel Cook

An eastern tour at home

byJoel Cook

Paperback | February 9, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1889 Excerpt: ... XXXVI. THE END. Standing upon the high land of Islesboro', just above the bewitching little fir-embowered cove of Dark Harbor, we watch the fleet-winged yachts, their white sails bulging before the stiff north-western breeze as they glide across the magnificent expanse of the East Penobscot Bay. They have come out from behind the Owl's Head, and scores of them are moving over the white-capped waves, whose foaming tops have been whisked off by the brisk wind, seeking a passage through the mazy thoroughfares among the many islands toward Mount Desert. As we survey this splendid view there is a noble background for our picture, seen thirty miles away across Little Deer Island and the mainland of Cape Rosier, the two distant blue mountains nestling on the edge of the horizon like a recumbent elephant, and marking that noted island which has recently captured so many Philadelphians. The yachts dance over the waves as they go through the complex labyrinth of passages in the attractive archipelago between Penobscot and Frenchman's Bays. They thread the reaches, and, rounding Blue Hill Bay, soon come in full view of the island beyond, which presents the only land along our Atlantic coasts where high mountains stand in the close neighborhood of the sea. It appears today just as it did to the early explorer, Champlain, when he first found it in September, 1604, and, being impressed with its desolate and craggy summits, appropriately named it the "Isle des Monts deserts "--the "Island of Desert Mountains." He then wrote of it: "The land is very high, intersected by passes, appearing from the sea like seven or eight mountains ranged near each other; the summits of the greater part of these are bare of trees, because they are nothing but rocks." As the yachts have skimm...
Title:An eastern tour at homeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217678114

ISBN - 13:9780217678117