|Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park receives the first sunlight in the U.S.|
Leaving any place you love is hard but our wandering, nomadic, snowbird lifestyle means it is time to get the wheels rolling and move to someplace with more conducive winter weather. From Bar Harbor we made the easy drive down the coast to southern Maine where we planned on spending a day exploring Ogunquit, Wells, and Kennebunkport. A lot for one day, we know!
The morning started off with coffee and scrumptious pastries from the highly touted Bread and Roses Bakery because every day should start with caffeine and sugar.
Just south of Ogunquit is the lovely and charming village of Perkins Cove. We arrived just in time to watch the lobstermen and boats dash in and out of the harbor but before the tourists descended to buy souvenirs. Linking Perkins Cove and Ogunquit is the Marginal Way Footpath. Marginal Way is a paved shoreline footpath that provides spectacular sweeping views, peaceful resting spots, and the smell of salt air. The path dates back to 1925 when the land was donated to Ogunquit. It is maintained by a non-profit organization and very popular with locals and tourists alike.
On our way north lies the town of Wells and one of our favorite National Wildlife Refuges – Rachael Carson. Carson was a pioneering figure who is credited with advancing the global environmental movement. She was a writer, marine biologist, and ecologist who warned the world of the dangers of pesticide use on human and environmental health. Her book Silent Spring is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Carson worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so it is fitting that a refuge was named after her. The Rachael Carson trail is a short one-mile loop that takes much longer than expected because the views are spectacular and a self-guided trail brochure provides interesting information. The trail is a pleasant and easy walk.
All that walking was making us hungry so we took off for one of our longtime favorite lobster pound slash chowder houses in Cape Porpoise. Fried haddock, clam chowder, steamer clams and sixteen ounces of the local brew - Allagash White - was ordered and enjoyed. The restaurant never disappoints with the view and food.
We stopped briefly in Kennebunkport to walk around town. The town was crazy busy with tourists and my (and Spirit’s) patience were wearing thin with all the congestion. Kennebunkport has become so popular that cruise ship passengers from Portland are bused there for the day which makes the town very hectic. But, it is still a cute town with gorgeous old buildings and bed and breakfasts.
The only meal fitting for our last night in Maine was lobster with corn and potatoes from the roadside farm stand. We arrived back at the campground in time for a early evening campfire where we sat in the warmth of the setting sun waiting for the water in our lobster pot to a boil. A perfect ending to a fun and busy day.
We never know where we will be next summer but Maine sure is hard for us to pass up.