MAINE - starting mileage 71770
Oct 11, 2006
|I have just realized that two paragraphs from my last journal entry, really belong further down the month of October...the one about meeting Deb and the one about the Puppy Kindergarten classes didn't happen yet. But, I am not going to change them...they will forever be out of sync.
Cora arrived on October 1st and after a day to let her rest a little from the flight, we headed to Maine. Since we like the small coastal towns, we mostly followed the Atlantic Ocean roads. Our first stop was in Wells. From there we do the obligatory trip to see the compound of the Presidents Bush in Kennebunkport and took a couple of pictures from far far away. We could see the security folks, walking around the compound, looking so very uninterested in all of us lined up on the road side, across a small cove, taking pictures and looking with binoculars to see if we could see any signs of activity outside. But we all assumed there were others inside, watching the video camera very carefully to make sure we didn't try to swim ashore. Alas, both families were else where that day. But I did get a great shot of a pretty Butterfly working the flowers on the side of the road. LOL
Cora and I found a library holding a used book sale - - we had a hard time finding room in the motorhome for our combines purchases. I wish I had had more room, they had some lovely "coffee table" type books so very inexpensive it was hard to pass up. My book seller brother would have had a field day there.
Our next stop was to Ellsworth, which sits near Acadia National Park and the famed
Ba Haba (Bar Harbor) area. Oh my goodness, the park was wonderful. There were still lots of trees in color, but it was the miles and miles of beautiful shoreline that captured our hearts.
There is no way to describe how peaceful and restful Acadia is. Even with lots of people around, it is so large, you feel it is just your own little party moving along over the rocks and through the trees.
I have copied the following from the Acadia National Park's web page. Just to give you a better idea of the things we did while there.
At 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in the park, but also the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. Rising high above the town of Bar Harbor, Cadillac Mountain offers magnificent views of the Porcupine Islands and Frenchman Bay. Explore the summit of this granite mountain along a .3-mile trail, which includes wayside exhibits about natural and human history.
Cadillac Mountain is accessible via a winding, narrow, 3.5-mile road. The road is closed from December 1 through April 14 and whenever weather conditions (e.g., dense fog or ice) require.
Park Loop Road
The 27-mile Park Loop Road system offers outstanding views of the park's ocean shoreline, coastal forests, and mountain silhouettes. This historic road system is open from April 15 through November 30, weather permitting (small portions remain open all year).
Sieur de Monts Spring Area
The Sieur de Monts Spring area is the heart of the park. Facilities include the Nature Center, the Abbe Museum, and Wild Gardens of Acadia. Set out on one of many historic hiking trails that begin in the area.
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island. Currently a private residence for the commander of the local Coast Guard unit, the lighthouse has short trails on either side that provide spectacular views. The lighthouse is located along Route 102A in Bass Harbor, on the West side of Mount Desert Island.
We wanted to take a horse and buggy ride on the old carriage trails, but it was the last day for the season, and they were booked up solid all day.
Here is Acadia's web link if you want to know more. This is a place I would like to come back to in the spring and summer to see the different seasons.
We had a wonderful dinner one night. Roger and I had lobster and Cora had crab cakes I believe. East coast lobster if much different from that of the West coast. It is more firm and sweeter. It also has a stronger "lobster taste." It is so wonderful.
We have since decided that I have developed an allergy to lobster. I itch every time I eat it now. I don't know if that will be true for the West coast variety as well. Also, I had scallops a week or so ago and itched again, but not as much as with lobster. Too sad, as I really enjoy them both so much.
While in Maine, we visited with two of my e-mail friends.
We saw Marty from the AOL Travel Board first. Marty and his son have a locksmith business in the Sebago Lakes area. He showed us around his place, which is lovely with a stream running through it, and a place for people to park their travel trailers and motorhomes for a spell. They also have a very large garden that was almost through producing for the year.
Marty showed us around his shop, but most of their work is done out of the shop. Yes, you might call them the "Lock Doctors Who Make House Calls."
We had a nice visit and went away with a box full of home grown tomatoes...in various degrees of ripe. Those wonderful tasking tomatoes lasted us almost two weeks. I had forgotten how good REAL tomatoes tasted. Roger and I might try our hand at growing some in large pots on the patio this summer. We will have to fight the deer and bunnies for them, but we might try.
Marty told us about a Fish and Game compound where they had animals they were rehabilitating to put back into the wild if possible. Those who are not able to "go home," will remain there and be used for educational purposes. So, we took a side trip on our way back to the motorhome to see what kind of animals they had there. Most of my pictured were too dark (it was a very overcast day and lots of trees in the area made for poor photos), so I don't have much to show for that side trip, but it was interesting to see how they are trying to make a safe place for injured animals. We saw wolves, porcupines, owls, hawks, mountain lions, a young buck Moose and an older female, lynx and bobcat - - and more that I cannot remember for sure.
Our next friends we met were Denise, Jim and family. Denise and I have been e-friends for many years and they live in the Greenville Junction area of Maine. They were still trying to settle in their home after a major move from Florida, but the were so gracious to stop the unpacking and spend time with us. We had a great tour of the area, visited their summer cabin on Moose Lake, and they tried very hard to find live, on the move, Moose for us to see. But, it was the rutting and hunting seasons and those critters were miles away from where we were for sure.
They have some property not far from their home, so we pulled in there for two nights and plugged into their electrical outlet. We simply have to have our electric blanket in cold weather. LOL
Denise fixed us a wonderful dinner the first night, and the next night we went out to one of their favorite restaurants.
Too soon it was time to leave for New Hampshire. But we left knowing we had met too more wonderful sets of folks and that we were leaving another beautiful state filled with friendly people. We are wondering where all these unfriendly eastern folks are that we have heard so much about. We will continue our quest to find them and report back to you.