Pemaquid Point, Maine, September 14, 2013
14.09.2013 67 °F
Today was Open Lighthouse Day in Maine. Open Lighthouse Day is a day where many lighthouses are open to the public. This includes many that usually are not open, along with ones that do open to the public. We had heard about it when we were in Portland and not able to go in the lighthouses there. We had been planning to go to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and today turned out to be beautiful, so off we went. It was a longer drive than we expected, but nice. Finally, we came to the coast and admired the rocks along the water. When we arrived at Bristol Town Park, where the lighthouse is, we were both in awe! It was spectacular, with the white lighthouse in the foreground against the blue sky and rocky coast with white breakers crashing! Because it was Open Lighthouse Day there was no admission to the park, they were selling burgers and dogs and there was even a duo playing music. This lighthouse is usually open anyway, but today was a special event. At first we found a place to sit and just watched the waves crashing along the shore. The tide was coming in and the breakers were a good size. We were surprised at how quickly the rocks were being covered up by the surf. We took so many pictures, trying to get just the ONE of the breakers. Luckily I didn't run out of film or flashcubes! The lighthouse is tiny and only 6 people at the most can fit on top at any time. While we waited we had a volunteer give us a little history of the lighthouse. Even though the lighthouse is not very tall, the view from the top was fabulous and we recorded it with more photos.
When we had our fill we headed into New Harbor, just up the road a piece, and had lunch at Shaw's Fish Market and Restaurant. It was recommended to us by Paul and Ann, and also our campground owners. It was just our kind of place, order inside, eat outside on picnic tables and watch the lobster boats come in with their catch. Very much like Chatham, but no fish slide, just lobsters. A terrific day!
Whoopie pies have taken over the lead again, although if you count all the Lobstah together it would be a tie!
Today was so beautiful, with mostly sunny, blue skies and temps in the upper 60s.