|Maine lobster buoy on Gooseberry Island granite, Deer Isle Archipelago, Stonington, Maine, USA, August|
Me: “Are you nuts! You aren’t supposed to touch those things. Not even if they are abandoned on an island.”
Paddle partner: “I wonder if it will fit in one of my kayak hatches?”
Me: “No way. Not in a Maelstrom Vaag 174 sea kayak.”
Paddle partner: “I’ll strap it on the back deck.”
|Maelstrom Vital 166, Maelstrom Vaag 174, Gooseberry Island, Deer Isle Archipelago, off Stoninton, Maine, USA|
Maine paddle buddies: Standing there in complete silence.
Everyone knows, you don’t mess with the lobstermen’s buoys or traps, on land or sea.
But we were in a minefield of “Forbidden Fruit”. It was everywhere. So tempting!
“Maybe just one, just once?”
Then it hit me too . . . I picked up a lost lobster buoy on Russ Island.
Maine paddle buddies: Still standing there in complete silence, smiling quietly. Wondering what disease had suddenly befallen their Canadian paddle mates and destroyed their common sense.
We were in the heart of Maine lobster territory in the Deer Isle Archipelago, just off Stonington on the Atlantic Ocean during the busy harvesting season in August.
We were not prepared for the temptation.
Paddle partner: “Wouldn’t this one look nice hanging up in our living room . . . ?”
Suddenly the fog in my head cleared.
What! Hanging up somewhere in our house . . . ! This big Styrofoam thing! It’s cute now, but . . .
Me: “How about we just take a picture of you with it instead and leave it here?"
"It doesn’t belong to us. Someone may come to fetch it. Like the lobster boat that owns it!”
Maine paddle buddies: “Now, that’s a fine idea.”
I’ve named this disease “The Maine lobster buoy forbidden fruit virus”.
It’s a deadly and highly contagious disease.
But, there is a cure! Here it comes!!!
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