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Open Lighthouse Day

Pemaquid Point, Maine, September 14, 2013

sunny 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.
Lighthouse from down by shore.

Lighthouse from down by shore.

Awesome looking shore rocks.

Awesome looking shore rocks.

Wow, strong waves!

Wow, strong waves!

Hoping not to get swept away.

Hoping not to get swept away.

Postcard quality picture

Postcard quality picture

View from top of Pemaquid Lighthouse.

View from top of Pemaquid Lighthouse.

The shore

The shore


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!
Here comes lunch!

Here comes lunch!

Score:
Lobstahs-3
Lobstah rolls-5
Chowdah-3
Whoopie Pies-8
Lighthouses-7

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.

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It's my birthday and I'll lobstah if I want to!

Camden, Maine, September 13, 2013

rain 66 °F

Yes, today is my birthday, Friday the 13th. No problem, though, I was 13 on Friday the 13th and I turned out fine :)
We had rain almost all night until noon time, so I did laundry and we hung out. Then we headed north into Camden, another beautiful little fishing village. Lunch was a mini-lobstah roll and seafood chowder with a free birthday dessert. We checked out all the boats in the harbor and walked around town while it wasn't raining. We did a lot of window shopping, but no purchasing. While heading home we stopped and I got my hair cut at a Supercuts. More rain at home. Hard to believe all the rain, but nothing like Colorado, thank goodness.
Due to my birthday I received phone calls from my sons and brothers, as well as friends. Thank you all so much! Usually I'm not much of a phone talker, but it was so nice to hear from y'all.
In Rockland this week the Lobsterpalooza has been going on with many restaurants participating. We ate at the Landing and I got a great deal on a lobster dinner! Yum!!
Camden, Maine harbor

Camden, Maine harbor

Water runs right under the buildings.

Water runs right under the buildings.

Camden Harbor Falls

Camden Harbor Falls

Birthday lunch.

Birthday lunch.

Birthday Dinner Lobster!

Birthday Dinner Lobster!

Birthday greetings from Callie!

Birthday greetings from Callie!


Scores:
Lobstah-3
Lobstah rolls-4
Chowdah-3
Whoopie pies-7
Lighthouses-6

Whoopie pies are in the lead. Did I mention we had a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and it was fabulous!

Rain in the morning, clouds in the afternoon, rain in the evening, high of 66.

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Rain ;(

Boothbay Harbor, Maine, September 12, 2013

rain 68 °F

The rains started last night,with lots of activity on our weather radio, but were clearing up this morning when we left. The temperature was 78° and partly sunny. On the drive south to Boothbay Harbor we noticed more overcast skies and the temperature dropping. By the time we arrived at Robinson's Wharf for lunch it was totally overcast and 68°! What a change! We met our Geneseo friends, Jim and Deb, along with their friends, Peggy and George, and cousins Nancy and Bob. The eight of us had a delicious lunch (mine was a lobster roll, thank goodness), but we had to eat inside due to the weather. While dining the rain came back with a vengeance. It didn't bother us, though, because we were warm and dry inside. After lunch we went our separate ways for a while and met up again in town. A little shopping and window shopping, stopping for Whoopie Pies and ice cream, and we stopped up to see Jim and Deb's accommodations. They are staying at a very nice place with a fabulous view of the harbor. It was great seeing them again, but we wanted to get home before more rain. We managed to get home before dark, but with quite a bit of fog.
Jim, Deb, Don and Jeanne at lunch.

Jim, Deb, Don and Jeanne at lunch.

Very overcast in Boothbay today.

Very overcast in Boothbay today.

Not sailing today.

Not sailing today.

No boats out today.

No boats out today.

Boy did it rain!

Boy did it rain!


Scores:
Lobstah-2
Lobstah rolls-3
Chowdah-2
Whoopie Pies-6
Lighthouses-6

Notice the tie between Whoopie Pies and Lighthouses.

As I said, rain, chilly, yet humid.

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A Prison, A Mountain, Boats, but no Lobstah

Belfast, Maine, September 11, 2013

semi-overcast 82 °F

Today is the 12th Anniversary of the worst terrorist attack this country has ever experienced. Let us never forget, and always remember the heroes who gave their lives for the rest of us.
Thomaston is a little town that used to have the Maine State Prison. The original one, built in 1824 had underground cells! Incredible! Eventually another one was built with 7'x6' cells! At least they were not underground. This prison was used until 2002 when a completely new one was constructed in another location. The only thing that remains is one wall and the prison store. It seems that ever since the prison was built here the prisoners worked with wood and produced goods to sell. They still do, and the items they sell are beautiful. The prisoners in the minimum security facility work for wages of $1.30-$3.00. The proceeds go to the prisoners and the materials needed.
All that is left of the original prison

All that is left of the original prison

shopping at the Prison Store!

shopping at the Prison Store!


Heading north up the coast the overcast day cleared and we drove up Mt. Battie. We had not heard of it, but Paul and Ann told us to go, so we did. There is a 1 1/2 mile, steep road up to the summit with gorgeous views of Penobscot Bay and the surrounding areas. Also at the summit is a 26 foot stone tower erected in 1921 with a plaque that reads "In grateful recognition of the services of the men and women of Camden in the World War, 1914-1918" . Of course, that was the First World War! There are about 25 miles of hiking trails in Camden Hills State Park, where Mt. Battie is, and we hope to get back up there to hike some of them.
Tower on top of Mt. Battie

Tower on top of Mt. Battie

Looking down on Camden Harbor

Looking down on Camden Harbor


Continuing up the coast we drove through some beautiful towns and stopped in Belfast. What a gorgeous town and fabulous harbor area. It was originally a ship building town for sailing ships, now still a ship building town for other ships. An American Cruise Line ship was in the harbor at the time. That is one of the small cruise lines that sail on the rivers and Intracoastal waterways. It's on my bucket list!
Belfast harbor

Belfast harbor

River Cruise line ship in port.

River Cruise line ship in port.

Don't let your bench bite you in the butt.

Don't let your bench bite you in the butt.

Doesn't every theatre have an elephant on it's roof??

Doesn't every theatre have an elephant on it's roof??


Don had been yearning for some Pizza Hut pizza, so I humored him and we stopped for lunch. I fully expected to have Lobstah for dinner, but alas, I was not hungry enough :(. Oh no!
Score:
Lobstah-2
Lobstah rolls-2
Chowdah-2
Whoopie pies-5
Lighthouses-6

Whoopie pies are catching up!

It was so foggy this morning we couldn't even see the river, so we didn't leave the campground until almost lunchtime. When it cleared the temp went all the up to 82°. Glad we were on the coast where it was so much cooler than everywhere else!

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Lots of Rocks . . .

Rockland, Maine, September 10, 2013

overcast 64 °F

Lighthouses were the order of the day today and we started with Owl's Head. It was a short drive away at Owl's Head State Park. We were able to walk up to the lighthouse, but once again, it wasn't open. If it were a clear day the view would have been fabulous, but today it was just a nice view. Next we went on to the town of Rockland, one of the many fishing and lobstering towns along the coast. Here we walked a 7/8 mile long breakwater out to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse that was not open. The wind was mighty and the skies overcast, but nice views anyway. Lunch was at a recommended place, the Rockland Cafe, and delicious.
Walking up to Owl's Head Light

Walking up to Owl's Head Light

Owl's Head Light.

Owl's Head Light.

A mile walk to lighthouse.

A mile walk to lighthouse.

The Rockland Breakwater Light

The Rockland Breakwater Light

Great seafood lunch spot in downtown Rockland

Great seafood lunch spot in downtown Rockland

A new day, a new lobstah!

A new day, a new lobstah!


Scores:
Lobstah-2
Lobstah rolls-2
Chowdah-2
Whoopie pies-4
Lighthouses-6
The lighthouses seem to be winning!
The day was overcast with wind and threatening skies, a little rain, temp 64°.

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