Rockland, ME to start…
I am giving this one more shot but as an old dog I’m not sure I want to spend a lot of time learning this new trick so let’s see how it goes!
As is typical for me I was home from my trip to Maine with my sister when I got antsy and started planning again. I chose to go back to Maine because I knew there procedures and practices pertaining to Covid and since I was going alone, I felt I could more safely do the social distancing thing. I am a loner by nature and am not generally comfortable in crowded areas. New test done, came back negative and off I went!
This trip starts in Thomaston, ME which is a very small town next to Rockland. It was less expensive than staying in Rockland and still close to what I wanted to do. On the way up I did make a brief side trip to Arrowsic, ME to check out the Doubling Point Lighthouse…a very small lighthouse that looks much like Marshall Point Lighthouse. Alas, that night I loaded the memory card onto my laptop, went for dinner and when I got back went to sleep. When I woke in the morning, thinking I had loaded the images, I took the card out of the laptop, put it back in the camera and hit the format option and cleared the card. So dumb! So…it was a stop that you can’t see this time but I do go back! I know…I didn’t need to share this but heck…I did it so I fess up!
Unlike a typical trip where I don’t usually plan everything out ahead of time, I did plan out this entire trip before heading north. There were so many things I wanted to see I felt I had to be a little more disciplined this time. Morning one…be in Rockland before 10 AM for a sail on Penobscot Bay with Captain Bob on his beauty, A Morning in Maine. This trip was 2 hours to see the beauty of the bay as well as Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse (I had seen it by land…I wanted to also see it by water), and a peek at Owl’s Head Light. Not a lot of wind on this sail but it was so peaceful out there and Captain Bob is so knowledgeable! There were only 4 of us on the boat besides the Captain…another couple and a child so lot’s of room to spread out. The Captain did say that in normal times he would cancel a trip for only 4 but these are not normal times! I am so happy he didn’t cancel! I took pictures with the camera as well as the phone. The phone had a fish eye lens I attached and I have those pictures but sadly…once again I accidentally cleared the memory card thinking I had already loaded them onto the laptop. No, I’m not losing my mind but clearly I need to be paying more attention! Here are the few I had from my phone…and way off in the distance you can see the Rockland Breakwater Light and a sailboat! 🙂
That little fish eye lens that I can clip on my phone is fun to play with but I wish I had the camera images!
After the sail and walking back to my car it was after noon so I checked out restaurants in the area. My daughter-in-law had told me about a place her step-dad had told her about and it turned out I was very close to it so off I went to Archer’s on the Pier. I think I found the last parking spot there. There is also a small park there so I checked that out after lunch. In no particular order…here is the restaurant and below is the park…
All through the fish eye lens…I did get a bit carrier away with that lens!
Not ready to call it a day at 2:00 I decided to go for a walk around the park…besides all the water I saw a lot of flowers between the park and back at the harbor…I was surprised I walked that far! The flowers though were gorgeous! I would like those red and white flowers at my house!
Next I sat in my car checking my list to see where to go next and checking the rGPS app on my phone. I decided to go to Marshall Point Lighthouse in St. George. Though I had been there before I decided to go again…different season this time so it might look different…well, the area not the lighthouse. Sorry….I got carried away with the fish eye lens again…
This ends my first full day in Maine…I will be leaving Thomaston tomorrow morning and heading for Boothbay Harbor. If you are coming to visit the Rockland area, I highly recommend a sail on Penobscot Bay on the Maine in the Morning ketch with Captain Bob…he has a sunset sail also which everyone was raving about. I would have looked into booking but that is the downside to planning ahead…I could not be as spontaneous as I would if I just went without the plan! In addition, Archer’s on the Pier is a beautiful spot on the water to enjoy a cocktail or company with family or friends. I did find my lunch to be slightly overcooked but very good. It is a lovely spot to walk after a meal also.
Though I brought some breakfast items with me in an attempt to stay on my weight loss plan I did decide to stop for breakfast before leaving Rockland. The first place I stopped at on the way out happened to be closed…making the decision not to open until Covid was under control…I wish them well with their business! My stop was at the Home Kitchen Cafe. Parking was easy, wait was short and the staff and food were fantastic! I had every intention of getting breakfast and it was still available at 11:30 but I asked about suggestions and the waitress described the lobster tacos…decision made!!! And apparently I got the last one because I heard someone else ask and they were told “sorry”…I hope they didn’t see how much I was enjoying them!! So good! Great view and upper deck dining an option! I don’t typically do stairs if I can avoid them but this was worth it! I don’t drink these days so I had a diet soda but the mixed drink options look yum! I did pull all the cilantro off my food…not a fan.
On the way to Boothbay Harbor I decided to make another stop at a lighthouse…I’m guessing you are not surprised anymore. 🙂 This one is a favorite stop for anyone who loves lighthouses in Maine…Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol. I have been here before but again…different season and I was curious. I think now I may have to go back in the winter after it snows…I’m betting it is really pretty. Oh…and I did take a river cruise and a sail while in the area and I got to see a bit of Pemaquid at a distance from the water.
I spent quite a bit of time walking around here. It was a hot day but cooler here and even better in the shaded areas. Quite a few people were enjoying this spot but everyone was good about putting on a mask as they neared others…very considerate group of people! One of these days I am going to make it here near sunset and cross my fingers and hope it is cloudy…my idea of the perfect sunset…clouds in the sky to add depth and character!
Time now to head to the hotel in Boothbay Harbor… Brown’s Wharf Inn/Restaurant/Marina. The restaurant was not open due to Covid but this is a lovely spot right on the harbor. My room was on the second level with a balcony overlooking the water and I could go down the stairs and around back and it was a deck with rocking chairs/regular chairs from one end of the hotel to the other. Sunset on this deck was amazing and sunrise from my balcony equally amazing! Oh…and the fisherman with the mask on…priceless! A lot of people were stopping to take pictures of him! Staff in the office…friendly and wonderful!
Before I post sunset I must share my main reason for coming to this location…the Damariscotta River Cruise which I took the first full day here. Lots of oyster farms, discussions of various oysters and birds…osprey, eagles…only two seal seen on this day…so sad but it was a wonderful ride on a beautiful boat with a great Captain & crew. And we got to see the largest oyster shell I have ever laid my eyes on! We also learned that if there is an eagle nest near an osprey nest the osprey will abandon the nest so the eagle doesn’t attack. Smart! Sorry…fish eye lens came out again but only for a little bit. 🙂
I would like to continue the story but it has been published twice and still comes up as a draft! Remember the definition of insanity? Yes, WordPress is driving me insane! I thought I had the hang of this new format…but clearly I don’t! If this truly has been published twice like I think it has…this will be the third version and I still haven’t, in blog world, ended the day!
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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
― Mark Twain