Sunday, May 27, 2012

Magnificent Maine

Notice: We will be traveling in Maine for the next couple of weeks, so I'm not sure how regularly we will be able to get to the Internet, so my postings may be irregular.

Monday: Took the subway to Boston! We walked all over the city, ate the best clam chowder I’ve ever eaten, and saw Paul Revere’s house, the Old North Church, and where the Boston Massacre took place among other highlights.

Tuesday: After going to the Boston temple, we drove right through New Hampshire. It was raining all day, so no chance to stop anywhere. They don’t have an information center, so we didn’t know where to go anyway. I’m sure there were lovely things to see and do, but we didn’t find them. Here are pictures of the beautiful area we drove through. We’re just over the border in Lebanon, Maine.

Wednesday: Finally a restful day hanging out at the campground Potter’s Place in Lebanon, Maine—a day of rest and recuperation. We’re in yet another gorgeous mountain forest with a pond and nature sounds. In the daytime birds of many types sing from morning to evening, and then the frogs and crickets start their melody.  Birders would love it here.

Thursday: Traveled to Skowhagen, Maine. They have a 62 foot Indian statue that they are trying to restore, another mainly relaxing day.

Friday: Major hiking day. We’re in Acadia National Park in Maine. We hiked 8 miles to the top of Gorham Mountain, all of 500 feet high. We started at Sandy Beach and ended up back there on an easy trail along the beach. Tough hike, but we enjoyed it. Part of the path was rocky and sometimes wet, some of it was a slab of granite, and other parts had rock steps that were steep and hard to clamber over. When we got to the top we had a view ... of fog. There is supposed to be a view of the ocean, but we didn’t see it. It was still worth the hike because the fog was thin and we could see the gorgeous landscape along the trail.

Saturday: A 7 mile hike today. This one was on carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller from 1913-1940. Smooth sailing compared to yesterday’s trek, wouldn’t be able to handle another one like that so soon.

We also drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain (named by the man that built the car. He once owned it). We did have some magnificent views from there. Acadia National Park is truly a well kept secret. One of the most magnificent of our national parks even if it is off the beaten path in the north-east corner of the USA. They have trails from very easy to difficult. I highly recommend coming here! We drove to a campground in Harrington, ME for the rest of the weekend.

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