Maine: The Best Summer of My Life

Before I start my pictures and information on our trip out west, I wanted to back-track to our summer.  There are some previous posts regarding places and things seen, but no details about Maine.

This was our route:

  • We left Mississippi on June 1st with the essentials* to get us through the next several months (we sold our house and put everything we wanted to keep in storage).  Driving the nine hours to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a week in a cabin with four long-time friends.  This was a much needed time of R&R.
Church in Cade's Cove, TN

Church in Cade’s Cove, TN

One of the beautiful falls called The Sinks in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the beautiful falls called The Sinks in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Back yard visitors in Mississippi.

Back yard visitors in Mississippi.

  • From TN we drove the 6 to 7 hours to Richmond to spend time with close, long-time friends (see earlier posts regarding Virginia).
Monument at the state capitol in Richmond.

Monument at the state capitol in Richmond.

  • From Richmond we drive to Albany, NY via Washington DC and Philadelphia, PA.  We spent the night between DC & PA in NJ.  (see earlier posts regarding DC & PA & NY).
Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

  • We stayed two nights with friends in Albany who took us to tour Saratoga and the Lake George area on July 4th.
Saratoga Race Track

Saratoga Race Track

  • From NY we drove to MAINE, arriving late on July 5th.  We stayed in Maine, on the Atlantic coast until October 25th.  It was our BOO (Base Of Operations).

Maine is the most wonderful and most beautiful of all the places we have seen thus far.  For the very first time in my life, I wore a light jacket almost all summer.  I cannot express to you how much I love Maine.

We had visitors fly in for a week each:  My granddaughter and one of her friends,  a co-worker and her husband and a two couples we have spent many trips with.

  • We found a nice, small church in our town which we attended every Sunday we were in town.
  • We attended many fun art and music festivals – The Celtic Festival in Belfast was the best.
  • We visited Acadia National Park 4 or 5 times.
  • We went Whale Watching with my granddaughter off the coast of Bar Harbor and sited two large ones several times.
  • We crewed in a Friendship Sloop Regatta (see Unexpected Blessing post).
  • We drove up into Canada and will post pictures from Quebec City (spectacular) and Campobello (Roosevelt’s Summer Home).
  • We went camping twice (see previous posts about this in New Hampshire and a Maine’s Rangely State Park); and once for two nights on Prince Edward Island (see previous post about this trip).
Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Beach combing for cool rocks, clam shells and mermaid tears (sea glass) along the shore a block from our beautiful "summer Home".  The tides in Maine are 30' to 50' twice a day.

Beach combing for cool rocks, clam shells and mermaid tears (sea glass) along the shore a block from our beautiful “summer home”. The tides in Maine go in and out 30′ to 50′ twice a day.

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park

Along the shore in Acadia National Park

Along the shore in Acadia National Park

A view of Camden Bay from atop Mount Battie

A view of Camden Bay from atop Mount Battie

One of many beautiful lighthouses dotting the coast of Maine

One of many beautiful lighthouses dotting the coast of Maine

A view of Bar Harbor from the top of Cadillac Mountain (made of pink granite) in Acadia National Park

A view of Bar Harbor from the top of Cadillac Mountain (made of pink granite) in Acadia National Park

*Essentials:  Golf clubs, important documents/file box (passports, birth certificate and marriage license, checks, office supplies, stamps), camping stuff, computer, Verizon Mi-Fi (internet for places that have no internet), wash-n-wear clothing, all our prescriptions in hard-copy form, all important contacts loaded in the iPad and iPhones, pistol with extra ammo.

Any questions?

4 thoughts on “Maine: The Best Summer of My Life

  1. TED/KASS says:

    Sounds as if you are havng as blast……

    • SonFlower says:

      Yes, It is a big, wide wonderful place we live in. I count this opportunity as a sweet blessing. If we get to Florida in February, we will let you know. Much love!

  2. Connie says:

    These pictures are beautiful! Do you and sweet husband feel like the pioneers that traveled across the country on wagon trains? After this trip, you could be travel guides. So glad you have had this opportunity!
    Enjoying your posts, dear friend,

    Connie

    • SonFlower says:

      Yes, pioneers, but with much more comfortable digs. A true blessing nevertheless. If I do not cronicle it now, I won’t remember it well enought to tell the tale. Love you too and Merry Christmas.

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