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