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Cadillac Mountain was magnificent!

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A most magnificent morning: Blue skies, warm temps and gorgeous mountain top views. We are sporting our Kennedy Sportcycle tees this morning and actually didn't have to cover them with a warm sweatshirt once the morning warmed up a bit. We said goodbye to The White Birches hotel and got an early start up the mountain. This is the view outside my door.

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We stopped inside. The park at the first pullout to see the overview of Frenchman's Bay. The sun was sparkling on the water and it was lovely!

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Then we kept our ticket time to drive up Cadillac Mtn. It was not the crazy hairpin turns like the mountains out West, but the Wow factor was right on the level. These pics certainly don,t show the beautiful colors or the depth of the trees on the mountain side. The sunshine was perfect and we were able to shed our sweaters pretty quickly. We walked around the trail on top and got some pics. We even found a friendly squirrel to photograph.

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coming down the mountain we hit all the pull offs and caught some pretty views too. I should add at this point how many interesting people we have met along the way. We talked to a couple from Iowa this morning (Mel, they were Iowa State fans) we have met so many from Ohio. Met a guy from Ct who was trying to fly his drone inside the Nat'l Park which is a big no-no! We did have to wear masks inside the buildings at the Park but not many other places we have visited have required them 😷.

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And so ends the Acadia National Park adventure on this trip. It is time to head from here to there. I hope you enjoyed the little part of Maine that we got to enjoy together. We had to stop at this little gift shop after seeing it several times on our way in and out of the Park…Wynn was hankering for some blueberry jam, which we got and I got my Bar Harbor sweatshirt. We also did get an Acadia ornament at the Park and a calendar for 2022 of the Maine Lighthouses. The famous Maine blueberries were delicious. We split a piece of blueberry pie for dinner last night! Yummy!

So now we are driving 4 hours or so to North Conway, NH. This is another new state for me to visit. This vacation has been at a leisurely pace and Wynn has remarked several times of how relaxing it is to get up and do a few things at our own rate without deadlines and rushing to and fro. We have seen so much and yet it does not feel rushed. We saw a lot of lighthouses and now are looking for some beautiful views of fall foliage, waterfalls and hiking paths. . I will write more after we reach our destination. I will need to drive some today…hope I haven't forgotten how. Wynn has been the willing driver as we go on our daily adventures and has been patient as I yell, “Slow down, so I can get that shot.” or “can we go back, I missed that one.”

The ride into New Hampshire was just beautiful. We only drove a small distance on route 95 and the rest was all back roads and curving highways. I took a few pics along the way just because that’s what I do. Wynn captured the entering New Hampshire sign and I took a picture of our hotel for the night -actually the Colonial Motel. The Peacock clock in our room is for Makara. This is a hotel that is used for skiers in the winter, being so close to the White Mountains. So we are settled in. Wynn went up to the Muddy Moose Restaurant and Pub. He called to see whether they took reservations and they said no. There’s already a 45 minute wait so being Wynn, he walked up to wait and I will drive up and meet him when it’s close to our turn. What a guy! Have a great start to your day. Happy Columbus Day. And you will find us watching NCIS tonight before turning in. Bonus points if you can find the picture with the wild turkeys. We took that for you, Jenna.

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Acadia Rocks! Literally!

Day 8 -we hiked our legs off and found another lighthouse in the process

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Today we spent the day at Acadia National Park. We came in the Hulls entrance and stopped in at the Visitor Center for info, bathrooms and a map. We decided to go directly to Jordan's Pond as we were there early and we knew that parking was at a premium there. Soooo glad we went there first! We did score a parking space, but saw that the lots were totally full when we left and the rangers were turning folks away. What a beautiful walk around Jordan Pond. Reflections, woods, plank paths and just peaceful . Sit back and enjoy the pic show. These pics were all taken as we entered the park and walked along the perimeter of the Pond. This was for sure my favorite part of the Park…I know I haven’t seen Cadillac Mtn yet-that happens tomorrow at 10am.

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Then we circled back around to the Loop Road and went through the area of Sand Beach to Otter Cove. This is by far the busiest part of the park. This part of the Loop Road is one way traffic, two lanes but parking is along the right side. We weren't sure if we would find a spot or not, but my husband squeezed us in, missing cars and boulders. He is amazing! We got out and walked the shore path. We did stop at Thunder Hole but it was still a couple of hours before high tide and the people were already lined up. We took our pics and decided to keep walking. We did not see any otters but we did see some beautiful coastline.

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we really wanted to see Bass Harbor Light and it was a 20 mile trip up and down through the park before we got there. There was a line to wait in for parking but it went pretty fast and we got our parking spot. We walked down to the lighthouse first and then went down the other trail there to a beautiful rocky coast. Wynn went down the rocks with the camera to get a view of the lighthouse from this angle. Kudos to him…I was too afraid to work my way down the Cliff.

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We finished up driving along the top of the park and saw some pretty scenery along the way.

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then it was time to head back to the White Birches for a quick nap and then off to dinner at Helen's. We are keeping up with the Brown's score so they better get moving! Wynn has been wearing his Brown's long sleeve tee and I had on my C-Town Indians tee and we get lots of comments! Have found many Ohioans along the trip.

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So goodnight for now. Tomorrow we have a long drive to N Conway, NH and we will leave Maine behind us. Wish we had longer to spend here. This trip has just been a tease, whetting our appetites for coming back…who knows?

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Hunting Lighthouses Again

Day 7 took us to Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine!

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Welcome to Day 7 and just like that one week of our adventure is in the books. We have seen so much and have been blessed with great weather and traveling. Today we got an early start, loaded up the van, which by the way, I should say how great a job my hubby does in loading everything in its place; makes it so much easier to find everything! We took off for Portland, Maine to find the 6 lighthouses in that 20 mile area. AND…we found them all! Here are a couple of pics from the car window that show the trees starting to change. I know, the pics don't do it justice…but still

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The first location was set in Two Lights State Park. Actually the best viewing spot was from The Lobster Shack there. This is the Cape Elizabeth Light and was settled into a beautiful rocky cleft. It’s sister light was behind us and is now a private home, but I still got a pretty good shot of it.

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The Portland Head Light is located in Fort Williams Park and is the most famous of the Portland lighthouses. It is well maintained and can be visited on Maine's Open Lighthouse Day each year. I got some of my stamps here for my Lighthouse Passport. It has so many angles to take pics from so get ready… we also had to laugh at the para-sailor who was trying to get his sail in the air. What a beautiful spot to enjoy the water.

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From the Portland Light you could see the next lighthouse out on a small island. This is the Ram Island Ledge Light. This lighthouse has a twin in Boston.

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Our next stop was the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse located by a student parking lot for Southern Maine Community College. We had a nice drive through the college. We were able to walk out on the boulders all the way to this one. I'm not as spry as I used to be, so I felt pretty proud of myself for not falling in the ocean or slipping into a crack and twisting an ankle.

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Bug Light, or the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse was our last stop. This beautiful light house was accessible to walk to and had some beautiful Greek architecture incorporate into its design. You could also see a pretty view of the Portland skyline from this one.

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I know you will get tired of seeing this over the next few days but feel free to scroll ahead. The trees are in their glory and I can't help clicking away on my camera.

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And Wynn and I are on the look out for moose! I really want to see one, but this might be our only one…

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What a fun time looking for each of these lights! Then we changed gears and headed to our new home for the next two nights in Ellsworth, ME. We are staying at a place called White Birches and it is 20 minutes from Bar Harbor. We unloaded everything and then jumped back in the van and headed down to see what all the hoopla was about Bar Harbor. The traffic was crazy and parking for us was at least a 10 minute walk away. I hear that is a good parking spot! We took in the Shore Walk and really enjoyed the beauty. We were surprised by the craziness of the town and yet how peaceful the Harbor walk was. Loved it! Wynn is such a good sport and tried moving the balancing rock for me…love him for humoring me!

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Heading back into Ellsworth we decided to look for restaurants. Saw this little lighthouse one but decided on going to the Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery. We got some chicken Alfredo and it was so yummy! I left some on my plate because the portions were too big for this girl. And now it’s back to rest and plan tomorrow’s first day in Acadia. We hope to do the Loop trail and then go up Cadillac Mtn on Monday. Have a wonderful Sunday. We will miss our New Community Family. Goodnight!

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Two new states for me…a teeny bit of New Hampshire and Maine

Loving the seaport cities of Glouchester and Rockport

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Good evening from Kennebunk, ME. (Not to be confused with Kennebunkfort which is 5 miles away and where we ate our dinner. we are staying at a place called the Lodge at Kennebunk. Very cute room with a huge Kingsize bed! Winding down by writing the blog and watching Big 10 Volleyball. Internet is very slow here so hopefully I can still get the pics uploaded.

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We got on the road around 8:30am and decided to take the scenic byway (127a) and went through Manchester By the Sea into Glouchester for our first stop of the morning. We enjoyed walking from the information desk all the way down to the middle of town. We saw the Wives and families statue and also the Man at the Wheel statue. We enjoyed the flower beds along the way. It must have taken a lot of work to maintain these. Each type of flower was labeled too. Could walk here every day if I lived here. So peaceful!

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Then we decided to try and find the Eastern Point Lighthouse which was out by the Audubon Refuge next to the Yacht Club. We were warned that there would be a lot of Private drive signs along the way, but we persevered and found it. We walked part way out on the jetty to get pics. Very pretty setting.

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Our neighbor has dubbed us the Honeymooners since it is our first trip into retirement together…so The Honeymooners kept driving up the scenic byway into Rockport, the little artist town that was actually used in filming The Proposal. We walked the little shops and of course bought fudge at The Fudgery and some Sea glass earrings and a beautiful glass hanging that you’ll have to come visit to see when We get home. We walked out on the jetty and just enjoyed the harbor here.

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We did spot this lighthouse from a long way out…I don't know it’s name.and I am putting in this next pic in honor of Kendall and Maddie because we play a card game called Top Dog!

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Then we had time to get in a bike ride. Our parking plans didn't work out so we parked back in Rockport and biked a 14 mile ride. Traffic was crazy and it had more hills than we bargained for. I felt badly for Wynn…all I had to do was hit the throttle. But I will admit I was a bit of a wreck by the time we got back. Traffic overall was good to us…but I still was very nervous!

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On the way here, Google took us off the highway to avoid a wreck and guess where we ended up driving past? So Carissa, these two pics are for you.

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Then we drove to Kennebunk and that's where I started this post. We found a place called The Pilot House for supper tonight. Wynn had his Lobster Roll and I had a burger without the bun and a salad. Tonight we will test the fudge for a nighttime snackeroo. Tomorrow we have more lighthouses to find in Portland and then the long drive to Bar Harbor. Bring on the Fall foliage! Goodnight! (Can you tell I had ice water in my glass?)

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Cape Cod Lighthouses- Wow!

Day 4 - This did not disappoint!

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Well we slept right through the end of the Boston/Yankees game, but I understand that Brian is to be congratulated on the win by his Red Socks. We woke up early and once again packed up the van to get on the road. I had a fueling and Wynn took part in the continental breakfast provided. We were on the road for our Lighthouse adventure by 8:30am. We had our list plugged into the GPS and headed out optimistic that they would be easy to find. Well…the first one that was suppose to lead us to Stage Harbor Light, took us to some private driveways with little space to turn around. Thankfully Wynn is a good backer upper. We decided to go to the next one and as we rounded a curve in the road, I saw Stage Harbor Light off to the right. Wynn found a space to pull off and ai jumped out of the van and snapped a couple of pics from across the way. Long distance, but still able to see it. The first pic was where our directions took us…

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The second light was much easier to find. We went to see the Chatham Lighthouse located by the Coast guard station. I included the view, the lighthouse and the coast guard boat on site. It seemed like all of them are under reno in one way or another. I'm sure it is constant updates.

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Lighthouses number 3 and 4 were very close together. The original 3 Sisters lighthouses fell into disarray and I think fell into the sea. They were rebuilt and now sit off in a little field as they we’re replaced by the Nauset Lighthouse. Wynn and I found a trail that connected the two so I will include pics of both. We had to think of Kendall, Maddie and Eliana and actually started singing the 3 sisters song when we were at the 3 lighthouses. The First pic shows all three lighthouses.

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Highland Lighthouse was the next on the way up to the point. It was set on a beautiful property with a golf course, Inn and lovely view of the water. It was also under construction so I took a picture of the finished lighthouse projection.

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Now Long Point Lighthouse took us to MacMillan Wharf and we never did find it from the shore. I guess it was a 3 mile hike out on a jetty.
Here's a pic I stole off the internet…lol we did see a Memorial to the Pilgrims while like for the lighthouse.

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Now bear with me as I post pics from this next lighthouse…Race Point Light. I think we were in the middle of a desert. We walked an hour one way in the deep sand to find this one. Oh how I wish I was driving an off-road vehicle. I wore a lovely blister on my right ankle before taking off my shoes (sorry, Andre) But it was worth the hike! We finally found it, and on the way, we spotted a couple of groups of seals frolicking in the surf. I have to include some of those pics. Wynn and I were so proud of ourselves to make the 4 mile trek in a little over 2 hours. We were too whipped to ride the bike trail…and that's saying something for Wynn. The last picture of the pile of sand as what we poured out of our shoes when we got back to the van.

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Finally after guzzling some liquid, we made it to our last destination, Wood End Lighthouse. I was too tired to hike this one but we did get a pretty good shot. We also thought we saw a Sea Monster, but I guess it was only a swimmer trying to scuba dive…looked pretty awkward to me.

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so now we are driving the 3 hours to get to our next hotel in Somerville, just north of Boston. We are staying at a LaQuinta for the next two night. No hot breakfast again. Not that it matters to me, but I know Wynn wants something different from pastries. We should arrive a bit after 5pm and the next order of business is finding someone to eat supper. Tomorrow is a city day. It is suppose to be good weather and we hope to walk the Freedom Trail through Boston.

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