Tell Me a Story: June 2018
It’s time to blog and I am sitting without a computer so I have pulled up some photo’s from last year that I had edited but not posted. Last year we did an impromptu trip to Maine. I happened to be chatting to my work colleague about how I needed to use up some vacation time but really hated wasting vacation time on a staycation. She told me she had a cottage in Maine that we were welcome to use. Having never been to Maine we jumped at the opportunity. We headed up late September. The weather overall, except for our whale watching trip, was fantastic. Not hot not too cold. The whale watching trip was bitterly cold out on the ocean, and it was foggy. We did not see whales, in fact we saw practically nothing.
If you read my blogs, you will know that when I travel I am a bit of a planner. I see very little point in going somewhere blind. Yes I know there is spontaneity in doing thing impulsively and I am game for that, but I also want to have some idea of what I want to see and have some kind of plan. If we don’t get to see it, all fine well, if we do and it is on my list, I am super happy. There is nothing worse for me arriving in a unknown place, as a co-pilot and trying to find where to go. Don’t ever asking me to do Amazing Race. GPS is my best friend.
On of the places on Richard’s list was to go up to Bar Harbor, and Arcadia National Park.
Here are a few of the images I have already edit. When I get to the rest I will have to come back and share them.
As we meandered up the coast we pulled into little towns that appeared to have places of interest or we just thought we would mosey on through.
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse was one of those places we decided to visit. It turned out to be an interesting stop. As we started to walk down to the lighthouse there was a group of volunteers handing out garbage bags. They were asking visitors to do some cleaning up along their walk. We did not walk all the way out to the light house. I was still healing from foot surgery and long walks were still a bit of a struggle, but I did enjoy seeing the beautiful bay and watch the dogs playing in the waves.
We stopped in another small town along the way and I loved seeing this older couple walking together along the edge of the water. I hope someday that I will be able to do that as well.
Arcadia National Park was stunning and I do not do it justice with this images. They were edited for a particular purpose. Hoever, I loved seeing the fall colors for the first time in my 18 years of living in the USA. We hiked down through the trees to get to lower areas, and up through the trees to get to higher areas.
From the top of the hill in the Arcadia National Park we looked down over Frenchman’s Bay. On the edge of the photo is one of the very big cruise liners that we spotted in the bay. While this spot look tranquil and maybe a bit lonely, it was honestly bustling with too many people. I love those places were I can go out and enjoy the quiet and this was not one of those spots.
I made a new friend, or rather my lunch made a new friend, lol. I am facinated by how big those birds grow up north. Our gulls down south seem a lot smaller. These guys parade around like they are in charge of the show.
The parking was up the top, and we hiked down to a very beautiful rocky bay. The walk was so pretty with it beautiful colored leaves all around you, and there was a coolness to the air that made the walk rather pleasant.
This is just one of the many bay images taken. At one point I was standing at the edge of the rocks looking down to try and capture the water rushing up into the gulley area. The ebb and flo of the water had me thinking I may just go over the edge. Quick step back
One of the images I had seen while researching was a sunset at Jordans Pond. Sadly we were not there at sunset, however, the area was beautful and I loved getting low down to get this image. Just above this quiet spot, is a bustling restaurant, where you can sit outside and enjoy bar type food and beer. We did take a bit of time to enjoy a cold one.
Bar Harbor was a quaint and bustling little town. We walked all over and I have to be honest, food wise this was probably my favorite meal – lobster tails and calamari. Portsmouth came second with their lobster roll. We only stayed one night, so early the next morning we rose before sunrise and headed down to the harbor area. Watching the sun say hello to the day was special. If you look in the background of the pic you will see the fog that we seemed to see a lot of on this partiular trip.
We had two options on how to plan our day. Explore more in the Arcadia National Park and then head home or explore the adjacent island and then home. Given how touristy Arcadia was I suggested that we head to the next island and see what there was to see. If I have to be honest, not too much. This, however, turned out to be one of my favorite images, and one that placed relatively well in a competition I had entered it into.
Southwest Harbor was nothing really to rush out to and beyond that it was mainly housing. So that probably was not the best decision that I had made but you make choices and you live with it. So we were back on the road and headed to Wells Beach.
Our last stopping point was at Orchard Beach. When researching I found what looked like a very interesting pier. Of course, finding parking was no fun, and my co-pilot was all ready to give up but we eventually foound a place to stop. This was indeed an interesting pier, and while I was going for the silhouette look here when I edited, the pier is actually bright and colorful. We walked through the pier to the very end where we took a break, rested our weary feet and cooled our throats. Of course, we watched the locals swimming in the ocean and thinking that they were crazy, the water was freezing for these Floridians.
Hopefully by my next blog I will have a working computer, but who knows. I pushed the button, hit send after a 3 hours self debate of was I ordering the right piece of equipment. That said it is now ordered and along with that a 34 inch monitor, so I cannot wait to play. I am just hoping that the tech guys will manage to transfer the data and images off my laptop, since I just realized that my San Antonio images were on there and I don’t think I have a disc with them on. Bummer if they are all gone.
Thank you for joining me on this very quick and impromptu trip along the Maine coastline. This is a circle blog so I would encourage you to visit my friend Mindy and see what she has for you this month.