Ten miles off the coast of Maine, Monhegan Island can only be reached by private boat or ferry. From May to October, three passenger ferries run to the island from Port Clyde, New Harbor and Boothbay Harbor. The rest of the year, only the Port Clyde ferry provides the island’s 70 or so fulltime residents with a lifeline to the mainland.
During the warmer months, Monhegan is a popular overnight and daytrip destination for artists, birders, hikers, and boaters who try to score one of the few, highly prized moorings in its picturesque harbor.
Bob Krist, a renowned travel photographer, writer and filmmaker, visited more than 150 countries for National Geographic and other publications over a four-decade career. When he and his wife, Peggy, decided to get away for a two-day wedding anniversary, the semi-retired Krist couldn’t resist the urge to bring some video gear along to record Monhegan’s many charms.
Krist’s short film is a lovely tribute to a magical place. And if you’re a boater, the island should be on your bucket list.