Maine Vacation: Wells Beach: Part 2

For this month of Inspired by Life Blog I am sharing the second part of Wells Beach shares a few more of the bay and harbor along with a short drive to the Island.    If you have not read the other blogs, Wells Beach, Maine is a quaint coastal town that “in season” is more busy than I expected.  Maine is so different from South Florida.  The houses are built differently, mainly with wood, as opposed to concrete in South Florida.  I loved the wrap around balconies.  We were heading to the harbor mouth but came to a dead end along the way.

Below are some additional images of the bay area that we found by taking a drive down a little side street.

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I loved the peacefulness of the bay area.  Again we had fog and it gave an eerie feeling to it.

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The reflections that I found in the water really captured my attention.  The serenity of this image gained me the cover image of a group I am in.

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I watched these guys pack up their boat and head out on their fishing trip.

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Across the bay is the stillness of the island.

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In the background is the island homes.  This small strip of island is full of beautiful coastal homes .  The bay and marsh area separate them from the mainland.  There is a narrow road that crosses the bay area to this group of houses.

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Bouys were a common sight along this whole coastal area.

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I loved seeing pots of color

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This man appeared to be heading out fishing on an interesting looking contraption.

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Live lobsters for anyone.  This was not a stopping point for us but I did love seeing the boat right outside the restaurant.

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We took at drive across the marsh to the island.

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Coming from South Florida, where all the overhead lines are actually underground, I was taken aback a bit with the powerline pollution until someone explained to me that it is hard to run cables underground due to the rocky soil.

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and just a quick snapshot of some numbers that caught my eye.

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Next stop Portland, and what one had hoped was whale watching.  On our drive we were able to see the beginnings of the fall changes.

I love being part of the “Inspired by Life” blog group.  This is a circle blog so take some time to head across to Tracy Martindale and check out what she has for you.

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Maine Vacation: Wells Beach: Part 1

Wells Beach was our destination and would be out hub for the 6 days that we were in Maine.  We were fortunate that a friend of mine offered us the use of their cottage and from there we traveled out – Portland, Bar Harbor and the Arcadia National Park, Orchard Beach, Kennebankport, Ogunuit, Portsmouth and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

But first off Wells Beach  I had a long list of places to visit, but looking at my list, I am not sure that I saw all the things I wanted to see.  Doing a little bit of exploring we headed off down some side streets and finally found the bay area between the mainland and the island.   We still had fog this morning and I loved the peacefulness of the area.  So little activity.  This area is very marshy and there seemed to be a fair bit of bird life.  On thing I really loved about Maine was where ever we went we seemed to find color in the form of beautiful potted flowers and gardens, along with the spectacular sight of fall beginning to show it’s colors in the the trees.

 

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Wells Beach is the weekend destination from what it seemed.  Saturday and Sunday were busy traffic days, but they quietened down on Monday.  There is plenty of places to each and a huge variety, but we stuck to Seafood.  Hey, when you are in seafood town, then you just have to get with it and enjoy the moments.  Suffice to say we enjoyed calamari & Lobster Tails (best place was Testa – Bar Harbor), seafood pasta (In Wells Beach), stuffed clams (Billy’s Chowder Shack), crab cakes and Lobster bisque (Jackie Too in Ogunquit), Lobster rolls (in Portmouth) and shrimp wraps (in Portland).  Food was so good, but more about that later.

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Wells Beach is the home to the Bush family compound found at Walkers Point.  There is also St Anne’s Church and St Anthony’s monastery.  I did not see the Wedding Cake House.  Day trips can be made to Vaughn Island Preserve and Goose Rocks Beach.  Quick trips will get to to Ogunquit, a quaint little town.

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There is more on Wells Beach, but I did not want to make each blog too long.  Look out for the next blog to be completed in a few days.  If you missed Salem and Manchester by the Sea take some time to stop by and check them out.

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Maine Vacation: Manchester by the Sea

If you recall last we were in Salem, Massachusetts.  We left there after a couple of hours and headed to Manchester by the Sea.  Why there?  Well Richard talked about going on to Rockport, MA.  Apparently his Tuna Reality Series operates out of Rockport.  Well I watched the movie “Manchester by the Sea” last year and decided that since we were going to pass by the town, we could at least stop and see what it was like.

Manchester by the Sea was a quaint little town with very interesting water front.  Down side or maybe upside, the fog rolled in just before we arrived and so it lent to a very eerie looking pics of the town.

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Driving in was the view of the harbor and as you can see there were many boats moored in the harbor.

 

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Heading into town we passed the beautiful St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church

 

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We stopped alongside the waterfront and quickly snapped a few images

 

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This almost looks like one of those old selective color photo’s however this is full color photo of  bay harbor.

 

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What amazed me is how many Ice Cream shops I saw up north and had to wonder how they survive when the snow comes in.

 

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Some of the little amounts of color that we got to see that day.

 

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I loved this house sitting up on the hill with the fog whispering around the property.

 

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I got to see the beginnings of fall and was reminded of a large oak tree that we had in one of our South African properties that forced me to grab a rake each weekend and go out in the cold weather to rake up these leaves.  \

 

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Another beautiful house surrounded by a foggy environment.

 

 

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We headed down to the harbor mouth and stopped to grab a few images and chat to a local lady about the area.  I explained that we had watched the movie and decided to see where it had been made.  She smiled and said the movie was very depressing, however the folk of Manchester on the Sea are much happier.

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I love the eeriness that fog creates.  You will get to see a lot more of the fog in the coming days.

 

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A little more color in the harbor with the First Parish Congregational Church in the background

 

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A wider angle of the harbor.  Manchester by the Sea was definitely a beautiful harbor town.

 

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After negotiating the map (which I am reminded that I am not very good at doing) we made our way down to the foggy beach.

 

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What fascinated me was that there were people sitting on the beach in the fog.  I know I probably would have packed up and left.

 

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Richard was exploring in one area while I was exploring in another.

 

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We’re on the road again, heading up to our destination Wells Beach, Maine where we will be based for the next 7 days.

Vacations are always exciting.  Traveling to places you have never been before is thrilling.  I tend to plan and research before I travel and I have a schedule that is probably going to do us in but I am looking forward to seeing what Maine has to offer.

Look out for the next installation as we learn more about Maine.

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Share Six: October 2018: Shooting Through

The theme this month was {Shooting Through} and it was chosen by Lynne Grant Photography.  Last Christmas my son had brought me a triangular prism and it has sat for a while.  So the prism went on vacation to the Keys with us recently.  What I will say is that I did try.  Not very successfully.  I really wanted all the rainbows but I was just glad to get something after all.    Here is my first attempt at using a prism.  I know it requires more work 🙂

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Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six blog post.  This is a circle blog.  From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle.  Please take time to visit my friend and very talented artist Ceri Herd Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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