Monday, September 12, 2011
Maine in our rearview mirror
We are now reconnected after a three day stay in an electronic black hole, where we enjoyed a visit with a long time friend from my Coast Guard days.
Before leaving Maine, we wanted to get one last coastal fix. We headed south toward the coast with the first planned stop at Wiscasset, which is well known for the homes of shipmasters and owners from a bygone era. These homes were interesting, however, the show was stolen by the little lobster stand on the corner where the only bridge to the coast is located. This stand was mentioned once on CBS Sunday morning and now has become a cult place to stand in line and get a lobster roll. I am sure this is much to the dismay of the several other larger establishments on the other corners. For us and other travelers was the huge traffic jams caused by the steady flow of customers crossing the street in front of the bridge. On the way back there was an over a mile backup centered on this restaurant.
Our first stop was Boothbay Harbor, where we enjoyed lunch looking over the harbor and the many gift shops in town. Then we headed farther out to the coast and decided to try some of the small roads leading to a headland. We were rewarded with finding a small unmarked beach with its very own lighthouse that was privately owned that provided some great views.
Finally, we stopped at Southport public dock to enjoy the fantastic views of the Atlantic and the surf breaking onshore around the lighthouse on a small offshore island. This would be a great place to spend a lot of time (in the summer) watching the ocean do its thing.