Tuesday, July 31, 2007

To The Shores Of Maine

After a straight week and a half of this heat and humidity, I was coming to the end of my rope. The pain in my joints continued and I missed four days of work :o( On Friday afternoon, someone decided to grant me a short break for the weekend :o)

DH and I always wanted a roof rack for the car ever since we got it two years ago but we kept putting it off because 1) it was almost impossible to find one that fit our car and 2) it was a lot of money. DH did some research and located a dealer in Bangor, Maine. We got the call Friday morning that the rack was in so at the very last minute, we decided to pack up and head south.

On the way down, I decided I didn't want to miss my third chance to check out a new NS in Orono, Maine, so I twisted DH's arm to make the short stop :o) Fiberphilia is a lovely shop that carries knitting and some cross stitch items. I think she is slowly expanding but she has lovely taste. I picked up some beautiful fibers -

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We arrived in Bangor late afternoon and went right to the store to get the roof rack installed. While this was happening, Brie and I seeked out a shaded spot to keep cool. When I saw the rack on the car I asked DH if we were ready to go. His reply was "They are just finishing up." The next thing I know, two more parts are being installed ON the roof rack. I told Brie that if DH came out with a kayak, he was in deep do-do ;o) It turns out that he got a great deal on two bike racks and a locking system. After seeing the big smile on his face, I couldn't say no. I couldn't say no anyway since they were already on the car! LOL! Needless to say, this was his birthday present :o) I'm happy though and this means we can finally bike the carriage paths in Acadia National Park.

Because the trip was such a rush, I had quickly made reservations down in Bucksport after going online and looking at different motels. We stayed at the Spring Fountain Motel and I have to say, my jaw dropped when we drove in the yard. It was a "dump", no two ways about it. I felt so bad. Luckily it wasn't expensive and the rooms were very clean. Would I go there again...maybe not ;o)

Bucksport is home to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory. It's only one of three in the whole world! This bridge is magnificent and huge! Unfortunately we had fog each morning so we didn't get to check it out. We're hoping next time we get down.

On Saturday, we headed down the coast on Route 1, in search of cooler weather. Our first stop was Camden -

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This is one busy little town. I quickly spotted the Stitchery Square and picked up a few more fibers (second picture above). Again, not a lot of cross stitch supplies but any little taste is fine with me! LOL! At the library, we found a nice shaded spot to have our lunch. Brie was a big hit as always and she just loved the fact that she could go shopping with us :o) Before we headed out, we had to stop at Stonewall Kitchen and stock up on a few goodies. On the way back to the car though, DH got stung on his ear :o( Poor guy.

Our drive took us as far down as Rockland, where we headed out to the point and the Owls Head Lighthouse -

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It was very foggy here so we didn't get to see too much. The temperature was significantly lower there and we even got goose bumps! There was no complaining from me though. I love seeing lighthouses. They have such an interesting history.

On Sunday, we decided to make our way home so we could get in at a decent time. This time we headed "up" Route 1 where we wanted to check out more of the Blue Hill area. After a few choice words with the map, we found the Holbrook Island Sanctuary. This beautiful spot is nestled between Smith Cove and the Penobscot Bay -

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It's definitely a place we need to go back and explore some more. For lunch, we wound our way to Castine, a very small town rich with history.

The border crossing on the way home was uneventful and thanks to the increase amount in duty/tax free goods, we didn't have to pay anything on the roof rack! DH was quite happy about this. Considering the US border confiscated Brie's food, DH figured we deserved a break ;o) Home was there as we left it, hot and humid :o( I'm just happy I was able to spend three days in an air conditioned car and hotel room! I've got loads of pictures to share so check them out in my Picasa Album.

The shores of Maine contain so many places to see and treasures to find. I doubt we will ever visit or find them all in our lifetime. You know, I've given it some thought and I think DH and I should move to Maine. I even spotted an awesome place for us to buy! What do you think? ;o)


Terri M said...

I love downtown Bangor, so pretty. I must not read when tired, though. I thought you said you were in Bangkok! LOL

Jamie said...

Oh it sounds like a lovely trip and hey at least the hotel room was clean. I hope you picked up lots of yummy goodies at Stonewall. The seacoast of Maine is beautiful. If you have an extra room and need a room mate in that beautiful home you are going to buy :) count me in!!

I love lighthouses as well. I'm glad to hear that you seem to be feeling better and had some smiles.

Lori-Ann said...

Glad your DH got a neat B-day present.

That floss looks so yummy :)

MOVING! that coastline is too far...how about Shediac?? ;) Closer to Moncton :)

Jamie said...

YAY!! I'm so glad I enabled you. You're going to LOVE CDC.

Faith Ann said...

That floss is so pretty!

Sharon said...

Cathey, your pictures are wonderful. I have wanted to go to Maine for years and this year we had planned to go but it fell through. I hope I can get to go one day. Sounds like you had the greatest time. I am so happy for you.