Posts tagged: Maine

About as Far as We Can Go–Lubec, ME

By , October 2, 2010 8:02 am

While we were in Bar Harbor, David suggested we head up to Lubec so we could see the most Eastern point of the country.  It was only a couple of hours, so we figured “why not”.  Now, we’re really glad we went…  It ranks way up there in my list of favorite stops!

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One of our first stops was the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. It’s called West Quoddy because there’s one that even further East (called East Quoddy).  But that one is in Canada, so West Quoddy is still the Easternmost point in the US.
Note: That’s the basis for the title of the post… it’s as far as we can go and still be in the US.  Don’t worry, we’re still going to go some more. 😉

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Fortunately for us, our campground was located directly across the street from Monica’s Chocolates… a place that kind of puts Lubec on the map and is one of the main reasons to go.  If you like chocolate, Monica’s is worth going out of the way for.  But be warned, you get what you pay for… nothing she sells is cheap, but it may well be the best chocolate we’ve ever had.  Just to give you an idea of what to expect…  when Monica makes hot chocolate, she doesn’t pour powder or syrup in a cup of hot water.  She melts chocolate in a pot! Smile (It wouldn’t surprise me if Dasy wants to do another post just for this). Winking smile

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From Lubec, you can hop across the border into Canada and visit Campobello Island.  Here we found the East Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Roosevelt’s “cottage” and lots of sea critters!  Seals, porpoises, and whales! There were quite a few finback whales, but we also spotted a humpback.  In the pictures below, the whales showing only the backs are finbacks.  The tail picture is a small humpback. We also managed to see several bald eagles while exploring the island!

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Even though the weather turned a bit “icky” for a day or two, we really liked the area and were pleasantly surprised by how much we were able to see.  If you are anywhere near the area, you should definitely make the effort to come up here!

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Unfortunately, this would almost be our last stop with Dave and Brenda. Sad smile  They had to get back home and Dasy started to get an itch to get back to Virginia.  We packed up and headed South, planning to stop one more night with them, which we’ll post about later!

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Sunrises and Sandbars – Bar Harbor, Maine

By , September 24, 2010 5:53 pm

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On Monday, we woke up around 4:30 am, made lots of coffee and headed up to Cadillac Mountain again.  This time it was to watch the sunrise.  Cadillac Mountain is the first point of the continental US where sunlight hits in the morning (sometimes).

It was cold and windy.  Dasy mostly stayed in the Jeep and took pictures of me taking pictures.  I don’t really blame her, it was pretty miserable. Confused smile Sunrise wasn’t spectacular, but we were glad we went and it was still nice.  The clouds didn’t cooperate, so we mostly just saw colors and clouds… the sun didn’t actually show up until around noon that day.

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Later that day, we headed to Bar Island.  The island is connected to Bar Harbor only at low tide.  When the tide goes out, a long gravel-covered sand bar appears, allowing people to walk over to the island.  Hopefully they have watches and are paying attention because there’s only a couple of hours before the bar gets covered again and you can’t get back!

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On the way over to the island, we noticed lots of seagulls dropping things from the sky.  They have figured out that they can pry off a mussel, fly up about 20 or 30 feet, drop it on the rocks, then swoop down for dinner.  It’s pretty amusing to watch and is quite interesting.  There’s lots of behaviors and patterns that develop eventually…  “Newbies” will drop stuff on sand and it’s dumb luck if they happen to hit a rock, more accomplished birds will fly over to rocky areas instead.  If a bird goes up too high (presumably hoping to get more of an impact to break a shell), other birds have time to swoop in and steal dinner before he can get back down.  Ravens also hang out hoping to steal some unlucky bounces. Winking smile

Oh, we also saw a seagull hunt down and wrangle a pretty decent sized crab.  We were both a bit shocked that the crab didn’t fare better. Confused smile

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We went to dinner with David and Brenda, then came back to see the tide progress…  Eventually the sand bar and the beach are completely underwater, but even after only a couple hours, you can see the dramatic difference the tide makes.  It’s a pretty interesting place!

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Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

By , September 24, 2010 9:50 am

Acadia National Park is where the mountains meet the sea. The beach at Sandy Beach is a brisk 55 degrees in the summer time. Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the continental east coast at 1,532 feet. It’s a great place to catch both sunset and sunrise.

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We hiked from Sandy Beach to Thunder Hole with David and Brenda.

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It is amazing that Acadia National Park came about because of the generosity of a few private citizens. Thank you Mister Rockefeller. Thank you Mister Dorr.

Going for a Ride…

By , September 24, 2010 6:37 am

Acadia National Park Carriage Roads

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We took a day to go bicycle riding on the carriage roads in Acadia National Park.  After some minor difficulty, we managed to find parking at Eagle Lake.  Once we’d unloaded and gotten moving, it was a pleasant ride through the woods and around lakes for most of the afternoon.  We mostly just road the trails while chatting with Dave and Brenda.

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We stopped at Bubble Lake for a bit of leg-stretch and a scenery appreciation moment.IMG_4443IMG_4451

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We also stopped on the East side of Eagle lake, where Dasy found some of her favorite fuzzy moss!IMG_4460IMG_4464IMG_4467

We did one final quick stop at the North end of Eagle Lake so we could look back and appreciate our hard work. Winking smile

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Dasy and Brenda supervised while David and I wrangled the bikes back into the vehicles.IMG_4482

On the way home, Dasy and I stopped at a Lobster Pound and had some less-than-spectacular lobster rolls.  Confused smile  Fortunately, our trip wasn’t over.  More next time! Smile

Tide Pools – Maine

By , September 19, 2010 1:38 pm

A little something different today…  We just got back from Acadia National Park.  I figured I’d put my video camera in a tide pool and see what there was to see.  Take a look!

You can watch directly on YouTube (in case you want the HD version) here.

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