Mainely Done

There is still so much to say about Maine. I don’t want to be done with Maine and instead would love to go back! But I promise this will be the last Maine post. I still want to tell you about New Hampshire and Vermont. So, with this post I will be Mainely done. I say that with a smile. As we drove around we kept seeing signs with the same wording. The first one seemed quite original, “Mainely Art.” I wondered what else they had and groaned at the “Maine”ly pun. But as we stayed on in Maine driving from Boothbay to Bar Harbor, we saw more and more of these, Mainely Lumber, Mainely Seafood, Mainely Autos, etc. Seems these Maine folks had a sense of humor. Soon we came to the Penobscot Narrows BridgeDSC_7797 2

We saw a sign that explained that this bridge has an observatory. It is, in fact, the only bridge observatory in the United States. I love things like this, so we turned down the street towards the parking area. I should say, “I” turned down the street since I was driving. It was a sharp right turn, so I swung really wide. We got part way through the turn and something went wrong. It felt to me that the truck tires had sunk into a deep pothole. But I hadn’t seen any holes! I tried, but the rig would not move. It is quite disconcerting to be in mid turn with a truck and camper that totals 50 feet and not be able to move. Thankfully, Matt was able to figure out that the 5th wheel’s emergency brake cable had been crimped in the hitch which deployed the brake. Seems we have a well working emergency brake on the camper! He had to actually elevate the camper in order to move the cable and when the brake released, the camper lurched. Oh my. It was a bit scary to me. But we got moving again and found the only spot in the parking lot for a rig like ours.DSC_7830 2

The view from the observatory was worth the stop but it was time to move on to Bar Harbor. When we arrived at our campground, we learned another new term: leaf peepers.DSC_8341

Our trip was not timed quite right for being leaf peepers. The leaves were just starting to turn and it made me wish that we had planned it for a later time. Just another reason to go again sometime, right? We were so pleased with our campsite. What a lovely view of the ocean and Cadillac Mountain across the water.DSC_7837

The next day, we were off to explore Mount Desert Island. First stop was Bass Harbor Lighthouse.`

This lighthouse seemed the most difficult to get a good angle for a photo. But such a lovely setting. We continued to drive around the island. Periodically, I would have Matt stop so that I could take another photo. Here is one that I couldn’t resist taking.DSC_7995 2-001

I thought for sure this establishment must have been out of business, but after checking online I found that Nemo’s is indeed still operating!DSC_8285

Every town had at least one pretty little church. I kept looking for the quintessential New England church to photograph. This is easier said than done. I thought this one was lovely, but it was so close to the road and power lines, ladders and parking lot marred the view. Had to keep searching.DSC_8182 2

This little bridge and building were so pretty.DSC_8299 2

Another classic photo that I had in mind was the lobster trap photo. I pictured wooden traps, but I came to understand that those were not what is used anymore. Still, I was happy with this lobster trap photo. As much as I enjoyed the towns and coast, we still needed to go to Acadia National Park.DSC_8008 2-001

Our first stop was Cadillac Mountain. It was a beautiful with a lovely, clear view. DSC_8042

Park Rangers helped people spot migrating hawks. We stayed on the mountain, enjoying the birds, for quite awhile, then it was off to drive the loop around the park.DSC_8070 from nef 3-001

The coastline of Otter Cove was beautiful. I spotted that huge rock and asked Matt to pose on it. He said, “How am I going to get up there?” And then proceeded to do it! Once he got there, some people up above clapped for him. I guess it was quite a feat. Next we were off to Jordan Pond.DSC_8096 2-001

What clear water there was in Jordan Pond. And the mountains behind us are the famous Bubbles. Acadia National Park is so beautiful and we did so much more there. We even went back in the dark for star gazing on the beach led by a park ranger! But, I already said this would be my last Maine post. It’s hard to know what photos to leave out! DSC_8195 from nef 2

The full moon over Cadillac Mountain was a real treat for us. And finally, a kiss good bye for Maine!


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8 thoughts on “Mainely Done

  1. Janine, I love your travelog!! You are a great photographer! Your pictures really show off the landscape? H ow long have you guys been RV’ing? My husband wants to take the plunge. (I don’t how I am going to use pictures for my blog. Yet I know need to use some visuals….it’s still in-the-works.)

    • Thanks for enjoying the trip too, Mary! We just got our RV in February. And then it was in the shop for repairs most of the summer. So this was our first big trip! It worked out so well. Since I have to stick to a gluten-free, corn-free and dairy-free diet this is the best way for us to travel…with a kitchen! Such a blessing! Thank you for commenting on my blog. I look forward to yours!

  2. Lovely photos of Maine! I’ve always wanted to visit there! Now, I am all the way on the other side of the states. 🙂 Someday! Just singed up to follow your blog…love you photos and that painting you did for a friend is amazing! I “dabble” a bit with paints but always wish I could paint like that! Beautiful!

  3. Maine is a beautiful state, especially along the coast. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. Brings back memories of trips your mom and I have taken.
    Anxious to see the ‘unpublished’ pics as well.

  4. I loved seeing your pictures of Maine, Janine. It makes me feel like I need to go back soon. I don’t think it is possible to take a bad scenic picture in Maine. It is just so beautiful!! The lighthouses in Maine are so much prettier and “picturesque” than those here in NJ. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. 🙂

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