Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

24 Hours in Southern Maine

The leaves are turning hues of red and yellow, frost is starting to show up on the morning grass, our summer jobs are over, and the lobster pounds are closing which means it must be time to leave Maine and head south.  We spent our last morning watching the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain and admired the natural splendor of the fall colors and famous coastline.
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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!
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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 



12 comments:

  1. Looks like the perfect end to a great summer - we may visit Maine next summer.

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    1. Definitely put Maine on your list. Coastal Maine is gorgeous and inland is amazing as well.

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  2. Our little family vacationed in Ogunquit a couple of years ago and loved our time there. My husband vacationed there every year growing up and was so excited to show me and the kids all of his special memories. Love Perkins Cove! And donuts from Congdon's in Wells is a must! In fact, I am typing this while drinking coffee from a Congdon's mug. :)

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    1. Oooh, sorry we didn't stop in the donut place. Saw it and contemplated. Next time.

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  3. What's the name of the lobster pound slash chowder houses in Cape Porpoise that you went to? I would like to capture that one so we will go there when we get up there next summer!

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    1. Follow signs and directions to Cape Porpoise Lobster Company - they and Cape Pier Chowder House are together. Sorry I forgot to put a link on the blog....oops, I'll go back and add that.

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  4. The perfect day starts with coffee, sugar......and reading of your travels! Have a great trip south!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words. Maybe, just maybe, someday we will get to meet you all in person.

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  5. I follow only a few travel blogs but, I find the written memories of your experience makes my mouth water from the food you discover, my eyes can see the amazing views and the many activities you partake in include the rest of us. Keep on writing !

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    2. How nice of you to say. This summer the blog posts were less frequent and my fingers felt less like typing. But now that we are on the move the inspiration to write and share the county is overflowing. Watch out!

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