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Index of Stops July 17 through Sept. 14 2008
Covering Maine Travels
July 17, 2008, Boothbay Harbor, Me (2nd trip)
Right after I got out of appt (with my eyes full of drops) we dedided to head back to BoothBay Harbor and take one of their cruises on a 31' Friendship Sloop which took 1 ½ hours. It was a blast and it was maned by 2 your ladies and Bob was surprised by their expertise. I would much rather be on one of the smaller sloops than the bigger one. We were under full sail and just whipping along. Bar Harbor had a lot more rugged coastline being on the ocean, but BoothBay has a more serene coastline and buildings. Each has their own beauty. There is one more sail out of BoothBay we want to take and that is to Monnegan Island, which is an old fishing village and is an all day trip.
July 17, 2008, Boothbay Railway Village, Me (2nd trip)
After sailing we had to see Boothbay Railway Village which is situated on 30 acres where you can experience a steam train ride, historical village exhibits and an outstanding collection of over 60 antique vehicles in one museum. The train circles the village twice. You can get off at the back station on the second go around and then walk back thru the village to the main depot. The village offers the unique environment of a rural village and village green surrounded by historic structures such as the 1847 Town Hall or the 1923 Spruce Point Chapel.and other houses and a schoolhouse of that era. It was okay, but nothing I would go back to. Thomas the Engine is coming this weekend, which will be a zoo.
July 17, 2008 Ocean Point, ME
We then continued to East Boothbay with leads all the way to Ocean Point which is right on the ocean. It was really rocky and surrounded by beautiful big homes along the peninsula. The road was narrow so couldn't do much parking for any length of time, but it was just gorgeous
August17, 2008 Pemaquid Lighthouse, Pemaquid Point, MEE
Since the weather has been really nasty we haven't done much sightseeing during the last half of July and the first half of August. We took advantage of one nice day and went to Pemaquid Lighhouse Park at the tip of one of the many peninsulas right on the ocean. It was very foggy but while Bob went to the top of the lighthouse (built in 1827) I sat on one of the granite cliffs and watched the ocean. The tide was coming in so it was awesome. It is a nice little park and subject of many paintings, photographs and many marriage ceremonies.
August 17, 2008 Pemaquid Lighthouse Museum, Pemaquid Point, ME
Today the light is automated and the adjoining keeper's house is home to the Pemaquid Fisherman's Museum which has a ghost associated with it. A red haired lady in a shawl appears at the fireplace, but there is no history on her so is a mystery as to who she is or was.
August 17, 2008 Seagull Gift Shop & Cafe, Pemaquid, Point, ME
We decided to have lunch while the fog was dissipating and went to the Sea Gull gift shop and Cafe which had a little lunch room overlooking the ocean. It was very crowded, but the food was good. The fog lifted and we watched the ocean for a while. You can get down the cliffs to where the ocean breaks over the rocks, but I would have needed an airlift to get back out so only went part way down.
August 17, 2008 Fort William Henry, Bristol, ME
We then went to the site of the reconstructed Fort William Henry. The nearby museum is at the site of archaeological excavations of a 17th and 18th century fishing and trading village and graveyard. There were actually 3 forts built on the same small plot of land overlooking the mouth of the Pemaquid River to protect the English from the French and Wabanaki Indians. Fort Charles stood from 1677 to 1689, Fort William Henry from 1692 to 1696 and Fort Frederick from 1729 to 1761. In spite of their apparent strengths, Indian and French forces destroyed Forts Charles and William Henry and forced the English to abandon the area until 1729. The partial reconstruction of Fort William Henry was completed in 1908. The nearby Fort House dates back to the last quarter of the 18th century and has the parlor room restored to the style of the early 19th century..... now are you ready to take a test?
Aug.25, 2008 Rockland Breakwater and Lighthouse, Rockland, ME
Today, we headed up to Rockland, ME to see the breakwater and the lighthouse. The breakwater is 7/8s of a mile long and the lighthouse is right on the very end. As the break water was being built they would build a light on the end of it and then as it was extended they would move the light on to the new end. The breakwater is made of quarried blocks ranging from about 3 ft x 3 ft x 3ft to about 6ft x 6ft x 6ft. You can still see the drill marks on the blocks where they drilled and then blasted them apart. Merry walked to the small park at the start of the breakwater but did not go out it. Bob walked out and took some photos. It was a fairly rough walk as the blocks were not really level and there is some large gaps between some of the blocks. Quite a few people were going out to the lighthouse. You can't get in the lighthouse itself., just walk around it.
Aug. 25, 2008 Rockland, ME
After the lighthouse we went back into town. Rockland is the normal tourist town with lots of tourist shops along the main street. We stopped and had lunch at a grill downtown. Merry had a very good cobb salad and but Bob had the worst enchilada he's ever had. He didn't even finish it which is VERY unusual.
Aug. 25, 2008 Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland, ME
Then on to the Maine Lighthouse Museum. They have a lot of models of various lighthouse around Maine along with a lot of displays showing the many different types of lens for the lighthouses and many different types of foghorns and other memorabilia related to lighthouse and their keepers. We then headed back toward the rig after a busy day.
Sept. 2, 2008 Camden, ME
We got up this morning and since the weather was nice we decided to go to Fort Knox Historical Park at Bucksport, ME. Our first stop was at Camden, ME for lunch. Camden is a picturesque town right on the shore of Penobscot Bay. We had lunch overlooking the harbor and also Camden Falls which is right on the shoreline.
The Observation Tower on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, ME
Fort Knox Historical Park also has the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge, which was our next stop. It was designed in 2003 and was completed 41 months later. It is the first and only cable stay bridge in Maine and the only one with an observatory on the American Continent. The observation tower is in the west pylon tower of the bridge. The observation deck is about 420 feet high and has an elevator to the top. The view from the top is magnificent After going up to the observatory, we headed on to Fort Knox
Sept. 2, 2008 Bucksport,ME
From Fort Knox, we drove to Bucksport which is a very small but picturesque town. Almost all of the homes and buildings were painted white so from a distnace, it really looked pretty. Up close it was clean and the buildings old but failly well kept. Their main claim to fame is that they have and excellent view of the fort and of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. They also had a cruise ship tied up at the pier
Sept. 2, 2008 Marshall Point, ME
Our next stop was a lighthouse on Marshall Point. The lighthouse sits right on the end of a peninsula which has several islands just offshore. The shoreline is very rocky with some beautiful rocks which have been sculpted by all of the wave actions. It was all picturesque, but it was a long day so we decided we had better head for home. We stopped for dinner at a little roadside restaurant called Farmers Restaurant. From the outside it didn't look like much and we were expecting chicken fried steaks or equivalent type menu. Surprisingly they had an excellent menu (almost exclusively seafood) and a good wine list. As usual anywhere in Maine, you had better like seafood, becausse they don't offer much else. Merry had a double lobster dinner which was one of the evenings specials. Bob had lobster fettucine. Both were excellent.
Sept 9, 2008 Portland, ME
We had to go to Portland on Sept. 8, 2008 for Merry's eye surgery. Everything went well and after her surgery we just relaxed at the Hotel for the rest of the day. She had a follow-up appointment early the next morning and after her appointment. we toured Portland, which is a large, older town and has mostly older beautiful buildings – very few new ones. It was raining, but we still decided to take a boat tour of the area and their lighthouses. sat of the top deck so got soaked even though it had a canopy over the deck. The wind blew the rain in under the awning, but that was better than being below looking through plastic sides. It was a 1 ½ hour trip and the sea got to rocking at times so it really was fun. Luckily I had on slacks so they dried pretty well on the way home. Sofie was mad and hadn't eaten while we were gone so really made up for it. We had a neighbor look in on her so she wasn't totally deserted.
Sept 13, 2008 Pot luck dinner at the campground
All of the campground hosts and owners got together for a potluck dinner around the campfire. Lots of good food, good conversation and some good times all around. It was a real nice evening. Not much else planned for the next couple of weeks. We are getting ready to head for Canada after our lastshift on Sept 26 and 27. We will probably eave on the 1st of October for 10 days. We will return to Meadowbrook after Canada so Merry can finish getting her eyes done.3
Sept 14, 2008 Final campground potluck
Last night the campground had a pot luck and the owners furnished the hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. All of the campground hosts, the owners and their families and all seasonal campers were invited. So it was quite a crowd. It was pouring so they had it in the rec hall. Had a big turnout so it was fun. We did our last cleaning shift and opening shifts. All we have left to two closing shifts, which is our favorite so smooth sailing from here on. Wonders will never cease – we had a couple come in last week from Agnew (Sequim area) so we had a nice chat. Also a seasonal couple moved in behind us. He is in the Navy and just got transferred here from Spokane. We have met several people from OR so the West has found the East. We are coming up on our last shift (Sun & Mon) then we on our way to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, for 10 days. We have really been tightening our belt lately (no eating out or side trips) to be able to afford the gas, but I am really looking forward to it.