05/06/2014 Betsy

SECOND TUESDAY OF THE WEEK! MONHEGAN ISLAND   What do you do with an extra Tuesday???  After all, it is “two-s-day” Head out to Monhean Island….of course. It was a beautiful day.  The week was warming up nicely and the seastate was calm, so you gotta be on the water!!!! We took the Balmy Days out of Boothbay Harbor for the 90 minute, ten mile trip through the Bay of Maine.  The trip out was beautiful and we were able to view several new lighthouses as well as a better view of the RAM Light that we had seen from the coast…

05/06/2014 Betsy

WE WILL NEVER FORGET! SEPTEMBER 11   The plan for the day was to take a boat out to Monhegan Island; however it was 45 degrees at 7:30AM and I couldn’t get Dave out of bed.     So…….instead we headed to Bath, Maine to visit the Maritime Museum. BATH IRON WORKS I had a special reason to go to Bath as it is the home of Bath Iron Works, a huge shipbuilding company, and my very first customer of my career with (then) GE and subsequently Lockheed Martin in the Contracts organization. GE built the machinery control consoles that were installed…

05/06/2014 Betsy

PEMAQUID LIGHT Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is located in Bristol, Me (one peninsula over but had to go back up US 1 and down to get to it). Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is the first land-based lighthouse opened to the public.  You can get married here, spend your honeymoon here and pay it with US money that bears the image of the lighthouse – Maine’s official quarter! The lighthouse was commissioned in 1827. At first the light burned sperm whale oil but later went to kerosene.  The lighthouse was automated in 1934 fueled by gas.   The tower stands 30′ tall and…

05/06/2014 Betsy

SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 BOOTHBAY   By the time we got the car secured on the dolly it was 10:30 and we were on our way south. It was foggy and got foggier as we traveled past the harbors heading to US 1.  We traveled about 120 miles south through interesting little coastal towns … which was probably beautiful… if we could see it!  Went across a very tall bridge which probably had a beautiful view …. if we could have seen it! Arrived in Shore Hills Campground outside of Boothbay Harbor around 3:00 and as we were checking in, I…

05/06/2014 Betsy

GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND September 9, 2012 As we drove out of the park this morning, the weather forecast read “dense fog”.  It looked clear where we were and our plan was to hop a mail boat ferry to Great Cranberry Island for the day.  As we got nearer Seal Harbor we could see the fog over the water and it remained foggy as we drove to Northeast Harbor to catch the ferry.   We boarded the Beal & Bunker Mail Boat providing public transportation to Great Cranberry and Islesford (Little Cranberry) Islands.  It carries mail as well as supplies to…

05/06/2014 Betsy

September 6, 2012 BACK ON CADILLAC MOUNTAIN   With Hurricane Leslie coming up the coast, we took a drive over to Thunderhole to see if the waves were kicking up.  As we were standing there, we could hear the roar of the waves as they came into the “hole”. The Ranger said that during the height of August season last year, a hurricane came up the coast creating huge swells.  There were 10,000 people parked on both sides of the road walking all over Thunderhole.  Several were swept out to sea to be rescued but a child didn’t make it. …

05/06/2014 Betsy

September 5th ….  Remnants of ISSAC came through with heavy rains and some wind creating a gloomy Maine day.  A cruise ship was in the harbor so we figured the streets, restaurants and shops would be full of cruisers, so took a drive around Mt Desert Island to all the little towns and harbors along the way. Southwest Harbor,  the “land of the rich”, we skipped.  Headed  down to Northeast Harbor which is more of a working harbor.  We stopped for lunch at a lobster pound in a little town of Bernard and we’re getting the jist of the lobster pounds….

05/06/2014 Betsy

September 4th – Drive around Acadia Today we are going to scope out Acadia and decide how to spend the next few days.  We took the loop road around the park and to the top of Cadillac Mountain. JORDAN POND Cadillac Mountain  at 1500’ is one half the height of Mt Ascutney, one quarter the height of Mt Washington and five times the height of Mt Dora (in FLA)!    It served up beautiful views of Bar Harbor and the surrounding water with their islands. The coast of in this part of main is craggy with fingers of…

05/05/2014 Betsy

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ACADIA MAINE  HITCHHIKERS Woke up about three this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep.  Ran through about 1200 ideas of what to do with the house when I got home; from what color and scheme to paint the front bedroom to gutting the house, moving walls and rearranging doors.  I kept trying to quiet the mind and go back to sleep, but thoughts were running through the brain.  At some point before dawn I heard noises on the roof.  At first I thought it was rain or wet leaves falling however since we weren’t under…