Cold Splinters spent last weekend on Smuttynose Island (yes, that Smuttynose) in Maine, located in the Isles Of Shoals, six miles off the coast of New Hampshire. It’s best known for the murders that allegedly took place in 1873, but now it’s a private and very primitive 25 acre home to two structures, The Haley House and Gull Cabin, large amounts of loud, angry gulls and a beautiful trail that stretches the length of the island. The public is welcome to use the island during the day to picnic and hike, but in order to camp overnight, you have to be a member of the Maine Island Trail Association. The only other people on the island are the stewards that live in the Haley House for a week at a time.
When the boats started go home and we were left to our own devices in the middle of the ocean, I tell you. One of the best sunset/star shows I ever saw. Below is a recording of the crazy seagulls on the north side of the island as went for an early morning hike.