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Hello! Having an amazingly great time in Maine…again!

Hi everyone!!!  I have not had a chance to update because though I thought when heading up here there would be a few down days due to weather…bad weather has been overnight and I have missed nothing that I set out to do/accomplish!  The downside to that is…I have not had time to process/edit pictures…I have uploaded between my phone and camera over 2,000 pictures but with no time to edit…I can’t post!  

One of the things I did was a trip out to Eastern Egg Island to see Puffins!  That probably added several hundred pictures to what I took because…you know, I would want to see everything they want to do…I put it on a sport setting.  And of course, speaking of a sport setting…there were a few kids at the Footbridge in Boothbay Harbor that were diving off the pier…I put them on sport setting so I wouldn’t miss anything!  

So…I hope you understand..it may be a few more days before I am prepared to post all my awesome and amazing experiences up here.  Captain Bob…Morning in Maine…you will be amongst my first mentions!  

Exciting stuff coming up…hope you are as excited as I am!!!  

Sadly…until I figure out the new updates for Windows and Google…I don’t have access to the Featured Image I want!!  

Come back in a few days!!

 

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All good things must come to an end…but, a full day before we head home!

So, sadly it is time to head home…but first my sister decided to treat me to breakfast at a place in Wells, ME that she and her husband go to when they go to Wells.  Did I ever say thank you Chris?  My bad if not…and thank you for that treat…so good!  Oh…it was the Merriland Farm Cafe.  Great social distancing, got a great table in the shade outside, unbelievably fantastic food, great service…what more can you ask for at a restaurant!?  Chris had, I believe, one of the specials of the day which was a cream cheese stuffed french toast loaded with blueberries and a side of honey maple bacon…is your mouth watering yet?  I had a meat loaded omelet with breakfast potatoes and a whole grain piece of toast…equally amazing!  Just to tease you…

So amazing!  Don’t you just want to drive there for breakfast?!  

Instead of driving south to head home…because it wasn’t even noon yet…we headed north to the Portland Head Lighthouse.  I don’t think I have been here before but the whole time we were there I was having deja vu moments.  Maybe I went there was my husband decades ago and just don’t remember!  If you regularly follow me you know I have a serious fondness for lighthouses!  Sorry…but I can’t apologize for that love.  While here, as I think I mentioned in the first post about this trip, we met a very nice gentleman, Kris, and his wife, Marilyn.  He is an artist that currently lives in Maine, has been here for quite some time and came by way of Scotland.  He had a shop there before moving to the States, had a shop in Maine for quite some time and now is enjoying the semi-retired life.  He had a lovely display set up with some of his works and I made a purchase of one of his works called “The Bluenose”…a ship out during a storm.  Beautiful watercolor print!  There is a self portrait of him out there that he did of himself and it looks just like him.  I was going to post it here but I don’t have legal rights to do that…but here is a link if you want to go check out his work:  kristiansen@maine.rr.com

 

We spent some very pleasant time here walking around, taking pictures, enjoying the views and just enjoying the day! There may be some duplicates though I am trying my best to weed them out!  And the bird rolling around in the dirt?  My sister said it was nesting…a very interesting thing to watch.  I was mesmerized! 

In addition to getting to see the Portland Head Lighthouse, off in the distance you can see two other lighthouses…I think but have not been able to verify that they are Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and Rams Island Ledge Lighthouse.  The two distant ones are posted above but appear too inconsequential so I am posting them separately here full-size:

7 12 20 Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth ME (7 of 42)

7 12 20 Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth ME (13 of 42)

And it is time to head home…2+ hours to my house and once there we have to transfer my sister’s belonging to her car so she can do her almost 1.5 hr drive to her house.  Thank you to my sister Chris for coming along and sharing all of her photos with me!  There are so many of them included above!  And thank you all for traveling along with us!  

Tomorrow I head back to Maine but I am going further north and then making my way south before heading home.  I am going to start in Rockland, ME, head to Boothbay Harbor and down to York.  I have a pretty full schedule planned but since I started planning it many – too many – of the days are now showing rain and/or thunderstorms at least part of each day!  Weather in New England can change in a heartbeat so I am hoping none of my planned days out get canceled because I won’t have time to reschedule anything.  Please follow along…I will post each day if I can.  

You know the routine by now….come visit me at my page on Facebook, on Instagram and at my website.  If you find something you like on my blog and you don’t find it for sale, please contact me.  I will be updating my Loving Life site removing a lot of what is for sale now and putting some new items up for sale, concentrating on note cards, magnets and prints.  

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See you on the road! — Love you all…thanks for traveling with me!!!

“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.”

– Stephen Covey

 

 

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Another busy day in paradise! Fourth full day in Maine…

Today we started out by visiting the downtown Oqunquit area…we finally found a parking spot but our time there was very limited and there was a gentleman walking around doing his job…ticketing cars who stayed too long.  What a thankless job on a really hot day…bless him! We had a great time walking around…even shopping in Celtic on Main!  She had some great items for sale but I kept being drawn to a bead called The Wave…it has OGT on the top of it so it represents Ogunquit…here is the image that I copied off their website:

Here is their website if you want to check it out:  https://celticonmain.com/

We also visited Abacus though no purchases were made they do have some really unique gift ideas…check them out if you are in Ogunquit!  I found gift ideas I would like to get for my two older grandchildren and though I was not able to make a purchase here, I am going to Boothbay Harbor and they have a store up there too!  There are a couple images below from inside the store and around town but not the whole town…lots of restaurants, candy shops, coffee/tea shops, a wonderful bakery filled with delights…and I was told the best carrot cake ever! And of course…a mask wearing image of me that my sister took…and no, I am not the bear with the mask on!  🙂

I wanted to try to be at Old Orchard Beach at sunset because I love the sun setting behind/around the pier but we had time to kill so I took my sister to a few of my favorite beaches as we headed in that direction…including one of her favorite beaches…Wells Beach.  I love this one because you can often find surfers out there and occasionally one will even catch a decent wave! I had never been to the beach at high tide and was surprised to see it was coming up over the steps.  I do have images of the surfers…and a gentleman in a green kayak riding the waves…but I guess they didn’t make the folder!    

If memory serves, our next stop was Vines Landing.  This is not a beach…it is a memorial that I happened upon when lost a few years ago.  It was slightly different when we stopped on this day but still a beautiful spot.  It is in Biddeford Pool, ME and it is also a great spot to see Woods Island Lighthouse.  You can also see the Stage Island Monument though I have seen it a number of times now, I did not know its name.  The Stage Island Monument was erected in 1825 as a day guide to what was then known as “Winter Harbor”. The monument is 60 feet high and is still used today to assist mariners in keeping deep water passage in and out of the Pool. The 9 images posted at the end were taken in April, 2018…the first time I went…the bell and the plaques are still there but the rest has changed.  Work was being done at the time. Also, we found a heart shaped rock with a white line through it.  She took a shadow selfie of it about where her heart is… 

I have our next stop tagged as Fortune’s Rock Beach but I am not sure I am correct about this…regardless…it is a beautiful beach that I love and this is where the surfer’s were…and I am guessing I have combined images from two beach stops here…one of them was an area that I think my sister said was for residents only but no one chased us off…despite the image of me running in the sand!  

Next stop…Goose Rock’s Beach…at least that is how I have it tagged.  These are the beaches I head for when I am in the area.  I question if it was Goose Rock’s Beach because I never approached it from this side before and the last time I came I parked in a spot I was not sure I was supposed to and there was smoke and the smell of hot dogs…I walked down a short path and down below were a group of teens having a little cook out…I saw nothing when we were headed out that looked like that area…

And finally…off to Old Orchard Beach!  We found a parking spot though not the one I usually go to when I come to town.  The one we ended up in was close to a pub with some questionable clientele but we headed out and is wasn’t completely dark when we headed back so…

Because we had time before sunset was going to arrive we decided to eat dinner first…for all the times visiting OOB I had never gone into a restaurant…a walk up stand…a fried dough at the amusement park…a slice of pizza at the infamous Lisa’s…but never in a restaurant.  We were walking near one as we decided, checked out their menu and decided to go for it.  Everyone was properly spaced inside…which is where we ate…too hot outside…and a little more crowded out there.  Our restaurant of choice…Myst. The staff we interacted with was super friendly and the food was good…not great but I would eat there again.  

7 11 20 Old Orchard Beach (2 of 2)

 Tummies once again comfortably full it was time to venture out toward sunset at the pier, the beach…peek at the Ferris Wheel and carousel…walk around town a bit.  Not everyone had masks on…we kept ours on a good bit of the time especially when walking around town.  I love this beach and the pier! Sorry…lots of pictures and some might be duplicates…my sister and I shared photos from both phones and my camera so nothing is in the order taken…and it is one of my most favorite places any time of the year! 

That ends our adventure and laugh filled day…and our last full day in Maine…though we go home tomorrow I think we turned that into a pretty full day too!  Be sure to come back for that final day to see what we did!  

You know the routine by now….come visit me at my page on Facebook, on Instagram and at my website.  If you find something you like on my blog and you don’t find it for sale, please contact me.  I will be updating my Loving Life site removing a lot of what is for sale now and putting some new items up for sale, concentrating on note cards, magnets and prints.  

https://www.lovinglifewithkmgphotography.com

https://www.facebook.com/kmgtravelphotography

Instagram: lovinglifewithkmgphotography 

See you on the road! — Love you all…thanks for traveling with me!!!

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

(I have used this one before but it is such a good one!!) 

 

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Third full day hanging in Perkins Cove…

Hello all….I took a day off yesterday to make plans for my next trip.  I will be going back to Maine because I now know and like their procedures for dealing with the virus and people really do seem good about following the rules!  I feel safe traveling there and I love the coast…new areas to explore!  

So…third day in Ogunquit was a busy day starting with a 9:30 sail out of Perkins Cove on the Silverlining with Captain Jack on a beautiful 42′ sloop with a long and distinguished history.  Captain Jack has owned this beautiful sloop since 1982, renovated it and has been offering cruises of the area since 1983.  And what I love…he only ever takes 6 people, even before this pandemic, 

When we arrived the tide was out so the Silverlining could not come into the pier and they took us out in a dinghy…wimp that I am I held onto the Captain’s arm for dare life thinking for sure I was going to fall in the water either getting on or off but the Captain and his crew member (I think his name was Elliot but I am not 100% positive…sorry!) made sure everyone made it safe and sound!  It was pretty foggy and the Captain was disappointed it had not cleared but we went out anyway. There is something very peaceful about sailing in the fog with a Captain who knows his area very well.  The boats fog alarm was on though just in case and it was lovely out there.  Coming back in to the pier (the tide had come in) it appeared to have cleared a little bit in the cove.  We could see the “cans” that mark the harbor/cove and there was a gull at the water’s edge protecting his meal…a tuna head that had been discarded!  We even saw a couple of Gannets out on the water…I wish I could have gotten a head on shot of one…they have beautiful faces! 

I mentioned to those on board that I write a travel blog and asked permission to post pictures if people were included…no one had a problem.  My sister is one of those below…with her mask on.  She was lying down at the bow at one point doing a recording of the sounds out there…her meditation recording!  Pictures are definitely not in order… but a short story about the flag posted below…I hope I can get it right…Captain Jack….please feel free to comment if I am wrong…it was lost on a previous trip…floated on the water but could not be “captured”…first time a flag was entered back in position…an Ensign’s Flag…I kind of felt honored to be on the boat when the flag was being installed!  A beautiful flag!  

After returning for our morning sail, we decided to have some lunch before moving on.  Elliot (let’s pretend that is his name in case I am wrong…I have to call him something besides “crew”) suggested we try The Trap.  Good suggestion Elliot!!  It is a small shop where you place your order up front with your mask on and then go sit…inside there are a few tables well placed for health and safety or you can go out on their open deck which faces the water and enjoy your meal there.  Within minutes our orders arrived!  Delicious food, good prices, great staff!!  Still a bit foggy so you can’t see the water but it gives you a feel.  Oh, I had to try the Lobster Roll…it was much bigger than the one at Barnacle Billy’s but just as tasty!  There macaroni salad had a secret ingredient that gave it that distinct color…I guessed it was BBQ sauce but couldn’t get confirmation.  🙂  And…what appeared to be homemade pickles…yum.  I can not for the life of me remember what my sister had but guessing from the picture…she had the smaller version of the Lobster Roll?  

After making sure our tummies were comfortably full, we did a little walking/shopping in the village.  I think this was the day my sister bought a lovely pocketbook, I bought the print I showed on a previous post from David Morin…at Kiki’s…an awesome little shop with some amazing things!  The gentleman we talked to was very kind and knowledgeable and when I mentioned I write a travel blog and wanted to include writing about his shop he was kind enough to give me a polishing cloth so I could remember the name of the shop!  If you are in the area you have a lot of shopping options in all these great little shops but you might want to start with Kiki’s. We went to a great little shop…one person allowed in at a time…my sister got an ice cream…well, I think it was an orange sherbet and I got an iced coffee…sadly, I can’t remember the name but it is a corner shop to the left of Jackie’s Too but before you go around the corner to see Kiki’s! Crazy…it is such a small village and I googled but it didn’t come up!  We also went to Uniques & Antiques…awesome shop that has huge displays of holiday items, seasonal items, jewelry, antiques and many other things. Randy and Rusty are the owners though I am not sure which one we met that day.  He was very hands on asking questions about our interests and pointing out a few things.  My sister bought a very cool item for her son’s mother-in-law and had it shipped to her home…I won’t mention what it was in case she reads this and hasn’t received it yet but based on what my sister said…a perfect pre-Christmas gift for her.  I bought my 15 year old grandson a globe clock…he loved it…and my 7 year old granddaughter a very soft and cuddly unicorn – those are her fascination these days…she loves it and has named it Fluffy…she takes it everywhere…and a cool lantern snow globe that you can turn on and it lights up and snows…I started a collection of snow globes for her a few years ago.  She was quite as fascinated but…its not Christmas!  It has been put away until early December.  Just going to end with…AWESOME place! The first picture is my grandson’s clock…most of the rest are pictures my sister took inside the shop…only a couple from Kiki’s…sorry!  

My sister’s gift to her son’s mother-in-law is above but I am not going to tell you!  I stayed outside while she gave the shipping information.  Here are a few of the view outside the shop…still a little foggy on the water.  

Next…I had seen something in my travels…probably on TripAdvisor or a sign somewhere along the way…about a lighthouse on Marginal Way…wasn’t 100% sure where it might be and thought maybe we could walk there but it was almost 90 degrees with humidity at about 90% so I was not up to walking unless Waze said it was close by…it was but not close enough for me to be willing to walk and off we went!  It was not what I expected but…here is Lobster Point Lighthouse.  There was absolutely no place to park so after passing by once and going around again I pulled as far off the road as I could to be safe, my sister got out and between the two of us, this is what you get! Yes…still foggy but still enjoyable!  Not sure I would have wanted to be walking on Marginal Way in that fog but people were so it must have been okay.   

I can’t remember if it was before or after we stopped at the lighthouse but in our travels around the block we saw some metal sculptures in someone’s yard.  There were No Trespassing signs…though it is someone’s yard…why would you even consider trespassing on their property without a sign inviting you to do so?  We did however stop at multiple times to take pictures…without intruding on the property.  It was a very expensive neighborhood…I’m sure people did not appreciate the extra traffic though Marginal Way and the lighthouse being there would bring a lot of people either way?  We did talk to a resident who was passing by…he seemed used to the traffic and did stop to talk to us.  He was not in any way negative about us being there but for privacy reasons I will not share his conversation with us.  We did google after we got back to the condo to try to find out who this artist might be…we found him based on what the neighbor had said to us.  He is a world renowned artist who sells his work for $80k-$100k or more…give or take a couple hundred dollars.  His name is Jonathan Borofsky.  I am hoping he will not be upset by my posting his name but I can’t imagine he would be…there are hundreds of stories out there about him and he does outstanding works of art!  I won’t post any links about him…there are too many but google him if you are curious…we were! Final words on this…if you seek him out, his Ogunquit property…please be respectful!  It is private property!  Do not enter his property without permission! I have not posted an address…or even a street…be respectful!  These images were taken primarily by my sister with my phone as well as her’s…I edited them all…I hope you enjoy!  They are spectacular works of art!  

This pretty much ends the day but I have miscellaneous images from the day that I think have not yet been posted…I hope I am right and that you enjoy! The lovely lady with the backpack…my sister.  The hearts you see…for sale…made from rocks!  The purple flowers?  Growing out of a sidewalk as we were going through a parking lot.  We Believe…a sign on the lawn of a private home we passed as well as the sign in the window…Black Lives Matter…they do!  That cool red boat with the shark at the bow…an ice breaker!  I think most of the rest is self explanatory!  Though I am always here to answer questions…

One last consideration I would like to post before I post my usual ending…I recently noticed that my images are not copyright protecting me like they are on my sales site.  I will be looking to correct that but I am hoping you all respect all rights and are not stealing my images?  No accusations…just consideration.  I can sell an image at a low, reasonable price…most of you that post images here will respect that!  

You know the routine by now….come visit me at my page on Facebook, on Instagram and at my website.  If you find something you like on my blog and you don’t find it for sale, please contact me.  I will be updating my Loving Life site removing a lot of what is for sale now and putting some new items up for sale, concentrating on note cards, magnets and prints.  

https://www.lovinglifewithkmgphotography.com

https://www.facebook.com/kmgtravelphotography

Instagram: lovinglifewithkmgphotography 

See you on the road! — Love you all…thanks for traveling with me!!!

I end each post with a travel quote…today I would like to end with this thought…it came up in memories…I found it a few years ago and love the thought! It is kind of who I try to be…though I don’t always relax and go with the flow…unless I am on the road…unless I am able to travel…the beauty is the journey!  

What a river advises

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Second full day in Maine…

Before getting into how we spent our day I want to mention that the featured image was taken by my sister, Chris on her phone…one of the best pictures from the trip!  Thank you Chris!  

We had a pretty busy day yesterday and still I was surprised that I slept in this morning…it was after 10:00 AM when I woke up.  A quick cup of coffee…I need to share…that cup…it holds at least 3 regular cups of coffee and still room for milk/half & half…one big yummy cup of coffee…a little of this and a little of that and we were out the door.  We did walk to Perkins Cove this time…found a little short cut through a parking lot that took us over the footbridge…saved a lot of steps!  Speaking of steps…Fitbit said I walked 1.8-2+ miles per day.  I think Fitbit lies…it certainly felt like way more than that!  

I mentioned this in the previous blog but just in case…mentioning it again…I did call Finestkind and the plan was to go out but we needed to stop by and verify about an hour before our trip was due to go out. We had about 3 hours to walk around and enjoy the town before going back to verify…fog was fairly heavy off and on all day.  Oh…and each day started out in the 70’s but it was high 80’s by the end of the afternoon and very humid.  Except at the condo…there, especially the interior, was nice and cool because of the set up with trees and rocks. Keep in mind…this is a fishing village…there are a lot of boats, rowboats and dories.  There are a lot of pictures but…we are walking around town in the virtual world…talk among yourselves but you don’t need me breaking it up with chatter!  🙂 

The dragonfly picture was taken later in the day on the boat going out to Nubble.  It came out of nowhere and my sister pointed it out.  It was nice of the dragonfly to hang around for a bit.  All the really cool birdhouses were on the Harbormaster’s building.  Enjoy the walk around the village!  

It was time to go check in with Finestkind…and of course we went out.  We went and sat on the bench to wait until it was time to board.  It was not foggy when we headed out but as we got closer to Nubble, it did get foggier and once there it was not foggy on one side but it was by the time we went around the back. Right below is my sister & I socially distanced and relaxing with our masks on on the ride out to Nubble.  There were only a handful of people…I think 7 of us plus the Captain and Lillian, the crew.  Masks were not necessary once we set out since everyone was more than 6′ apart but sometimes we had them on anyway…better safe than sorry!