Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Maine in July - 2016

July was a busy month for us.  
We went tent camping several times, visited old friends and worked more hours than we really wanted ...but all-in-all, it was a good month!


We Camped at Acadia National park in a tent for two nights.  How I let Linda talk me into tent camping is beyond me. A view from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia NP


Another view from Cadillac Mountain.  This view overlooks Bar Harbor and the surrounding islands.  At 1528 ft, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the Atlantic Coastline.



This chair is Okay...but my recliner is much more comfortable!

We stayed at Blackwoods Campground.  We bought a double stacked air mattress for the tent, so it wasn't so bad.  The campground is only a few miles from Bar Harbor


At the top of Beech Cliff Trail in Acadia NP




Downtown Bar Harbor stays busy during the Summer


Waiting for our lunch at the Bar Harbor Brewing Company

*****
Ron & Pat (from Pahrump) invited us to spend the day with them.  They spent the week at a beautiful rental home overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.  It was a great day in a gorgeous setting.  Thanks Ron & Pat! 


This made Linda's day!  No more trips to the laundromat!!

She talked me into it again!  We stayed two nights here at Lily Bay State Park.  It's located on Moosehead Lake in Central Maine.  

Moosehead Lake




Moosehead Lake



Sunset on Moosehead Lake.


We had a nice surprise visit from our friends Duncan & Donna...and Phil & Lorie.  It's always nice to see familiar faces!!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Maine in June - 2016

Our second month in Maine has warmed up a bit, the trees have new leaves, and the campground is getting busier.  It's like a whole new experience.  We had a special visit from Jessica and Myles, so that made it even better!  We had a great time visiting with them.




Linda and Jessica in their matching Boston hats

Myles and Bruce overlooking the water in Kennebunkport


Myles and Bruce went on a short train ride in Portland.  It's a narrow gauge railroad.  The rails are only 2 feet apart...compared to a standard track of 4 feet-8 in.  Myles got to ring the bell with the engineer.




We had marshmallows and s'mores 

We're in downtown Boston near the Quincy Market


Jessica and Myles on the Carousel



Nothin' better than chocolate ice cream!!



Linda getting more flower pictures at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Booth Bay

Relaxing on the Presumscot River in Westbrook, Maine

This is the El Galeon ship.  It was only in Portland for a week, so it was nice to take a short tour on board.  It's a replica of the 16th-17th century vessel...and it travels around the world.


Our first visit to the Portland Head Light House.  It was under renovation, but still a beautiful setting.


Our next visit to the Light House, and it's even more stunning!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Maine in May - 2016

We arrived here at Wassamki Springs Campground on May 1st.  It's been a family-owned campground for 45 years.  They have about 300 campsites with many scheduled family activities.  Linda works in the office, and I'm working in the maintenance area.  It keeps us both pretty busy, but we still have plenty of time to see what Maine has to offer.

We have a nice grassy site with] oak and pine trees in the background.

One of several picnic areas near the lake






Portland is known for it's 19th century cobblestone streets and brick buildings.


Walking trail flanked by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad to the west.



Railroad Swing Bridge that allows boats to pass.  It's been stuck in the open position since an arson fire damaged it in 1984

The Pier at Old Orchard Beach has a number of souvenir shops, carnival style foods, and a night club.
LL Bean headquarters are here in Freeport.  This is the flagship store.  They have 5 different stores in this complex, and they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! 


Lunch at Mulligans in Biddeford, ME.



We thought these 3 little fishing boats looked rather lonely, but peaceful - (Kennebunkport)

While still an active fishing village, Kennebunkport is home to a number of sailing ships.

The Kennebunk River separates the villages of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport




George H.W. Bush's family retreat in Kennebunkport.  The Texas flag flies beneath the US Flag when he is at the residence.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cape Cod, Mass Apr 23-May 1, 2016

Our last stop before settling down in Maine for the Summer was at Gateway to Cape Cod RV Resort.  It's located in Rochester - Just outside of Cape Cod.  We saw lots of places, but didn't have time to see everything in the area, so it would be fun to stay here again.



We went to the top of Pilgrim Monument.  It's a 250 foot tall monument that was constructed over 100 years ago, and it commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower in 1620.  5 weeks later, they landed at Plymouth.



We really enjoyed visiting Provincetown.  It's on the tip of Cape Cod.  It's easy to see why it's the most popular town on the Cape.

The streets in Provincetown are narrow, and bicycles are a good way to see the town.


An old structure at the end of the Fisherman's Wharf in the Provincetown Harbor


Taking a little rest at this very nautical themed bench.


The Nauset Lighthouse was the inspiration for the Cape Cod Potato Chips Logo.  The factory is actually in Hyannis.  We had a great lunch in Hyannis at the Black Cat Tavern.  We also had time to drive around Hyannis Port - where the Kennedy's have several homes.  

These 3 lighthouses are known as the 'Three Sisters'.  The 3 lights are only 15 feet tall, and 150 feet apart, but provided a distinct pattern for the ships to recognize



We rode our bikes on this 21 mile trail - The Shining Sea Bikeway.  It's relatively flat, so it was pretty easy.



Part of the trail was along the this beautiful stretch of turquoise beachfront.


Cranberry Bogs are abundant in this area.  They aren't very colorful yet as they won't be harvested until the Fall.


We caught a glimpse of this lighthouse while we were on the Ferry to Martha's Vineyard


We noticed quite a few sailboats as we got closer to the harbor


Oak Harbor on Martha's Vineyard has many of these quaint little houses.  They look like colorful Gingerbread Houses.


While the pine trees were beautiful, it made it difficult for us to get satellite TV and cellular internet signals.