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North America » United States » Maine » Portland April 22nd 2021

The Harpswells Another day of sleeping in a bit. Tarragon enjoyed the extra attention as we lounged in bed. He has gotten in the habit that once we get up, he hides under the bed, afraid he is about to be put in the travel case. We purposely did not have anything else but coffee for breakfast as we know lunch was going to be quite filling. Our first stop of the day was Portland Architectural Salvage. A four-story building full of eclectic items ranging from antique furniture to hard-to-find hardware pieces. We were primarily here to see if we could find an entry way piece for our apartment. We did not have any luck so it was on to lunch. While we were looking for parking for the salvage store, we happened upon the relocated ... read more
Pies
Best Pizza on the East Coast
Lobster Cove

North America » United States » Maine » Bath April 21st 2021

The best part of a last minute get out of town getaway, is the itinerary is very loose. This allowed us to choose to sleep in this morning, instead of get up and set out for our normally jammed packed day. All three of us enjoyed an extra 90 minutes of sleep all the way until 8:30 am. No breakfast today, just some weak coffee from the pantry down the hall, only one cup as the machine stop working as it needed to be cleaned. We got on the road to Bath around 10:45 a quick 45-minute drive on Interstate 295 then on to U.S. 1. Bath is most known for its ship building industry, Bath Iron Works makes most of the U.S. Navy destroyers. It is also home to the Maine Maritime Museum, which preserves ... read more
Lobster Roll Number 2
The Wyoming

North America » United States » Maine » Portland April 20th 2021

After a good night’s sleep, we started the day with our Covid $5 continental breakfast. Bagel, cream cheese, yogurt and coffee. The coffee is self-serve in the pantry down the hall and unfortunately Starbucks, and not the strong stuff at that. To get the breakfast you needed to go to the lobby and pick it up from the restaurant. The bagel was just a bagel, not even sliced, but it was $5 and convenient. Tarragon got his breakfast and some love and we took our time getting ready. No big plans for the day just lunch, some spa time for me, and dinner. A pretty laid-back day. First on the agenda was lunch at High Roller’s Lobster Co. The best way to describe this is that it is a combination a 50’s style drug store counter ... read more
Mask up or else!!!
Lobster Roll & Lobster Grilled Cheese
Wharf Street

North America » United States » Maine » Portland April 19th 2021

The plan was to leave Sunday the 18th for Judith Point, to catch the 4 pm Ferry to Block Island. We had booked a nice Bed & Breakfast on the island, Ferry reservations paid for, plans made, then work happened. Due various mishaps, not the least of which was FedEx was not exactly express, the trip had to be cancelled at the last minute. We did manage to be very lucky and come up with a quick last-minute backup, a trip to Portland Maine. Having been there twice before we new all the places to eat and stay, especially the hotel that allowed cats. Were able to make all the dinner reservations on Sunday and the hotel reservation actually were made Monday afternoon, minutes before we picked up the care and headed out of town. Portland ... read more
Potato Crusted Cod
Lobster Scampi
Nightcap at the Firepit

North America » United States » Maine November 2nd 2020

April 20, 2021. This blog entry is being written months after our Fall 2020 New England Trip. It was our first vacation amid Covid and quite the experience, some good some bad. I was also in recovery from retina detachment surgery so was pretty uncomfortable most of the trip. Of course, it is not the vacation we had planned. We had previously rescheduled our Ireland/Scotland Trip to be taken at this time. However, Covid was still in full swing and travel restrictions fully in place. We rescheduled again for May 2021 (needless to say that isn’t happening either and it is now scheduled for May 2022) In this blog I will just be going over some of the highlights. It will mostly be a pictorial blog. Let me start with the good, the bad, and the ... read more
Adair Country Inn
Enjoying the View
Our Room at the Adair

North America » United States » Maine » Rangeley September 23rd 2020

Its NE Maine and the Great North Woods. The route keeps inside the White Mountain National Forest, going South for a while, through small towns and lakes. In the forest close to Lovell I was stopped by someone who advised that the road ahead was blocked by a recently fallen tree. I decided to carry on. A bike can often cross where cars fear to tread. My gamble turned out well. With the help of three strong young people, I was able to tip the bike on its side and drag it under the tree. Once through I carried on down to Lovell and bought an axe. Returning to the scene of the crime, I found two cars blocked by the tree. Another strong young guy volunteered to chop through the tree trunk, so I gave ... read more
Evans Notch Watershed
The cliffs are home to falcons
Evans Notch road.

North America » United States » Maine » Southwest Harbor August 22nd 2020

Poet, novelist, and travel writer William Graham holds a BA and MA in English and a MS in Communication from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He lives in Stowe, Vermont. His most recent works of fiction are Maine-inspired: Book 1 and Book 2 of his Maine Murder Mysteries series: url=https://www.amazon.com/Moose-Island-Maine-Murder-Mysteries/dp/B087SJVW13/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-p13n1_0?crid=15B1BBGEQ6ZOZ&cv_ct_cx=moose+island+maine&dchild=1&keywords=moose+island+maine&pd_rd_i=B087SJVW13&pd_rd_r=f430563e-f828-4da4-806d-58e82aaa56d3&pd_rd_w=iz5vS&pd_rd_wg=MpqMt&pf_rd_p=13bf9bc7-d68d-44c3-9d2e-647020f56802&pf_rd_r=G82BT5751J4JC0F6Q0A3&psc=1&qid=1598134516&sprefix=Moose+island%3A%2Caps%2C174&sr=1-1-791c2399-d602-4248-afbb-8a79de2d236fMoose Island and url=https://www.amazon.com/Cadillac-Mountain-Maine-Murder-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B08FF1YZNK/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2B5X8GZ5KLPV5&dc... read more
Bubble Mountain at Jordan Pond
Jordan Pond and Atlantic Ocean from Bubble Summit
Author and Son at South Bubble Summit

North America » United States » Maine June 13th 2020

My husband and I have traveled since the very beginning of our relationship. Come to think of it; we were long distance the first 8 months we were together. So, we literally had to travel to even see each other. This proves long distance relationships can work out. It's 11 years later, 8 years married, and he's still my favorite travel companion. In preparation for this Blog I was looking through some old travel photos. Lets just say, during these 11 years, we haven't made the healthiest choices... I know we are both, unhealthily over weight. If we did the Facebook 10 year challenge, it would be pretty alarming. Although things are changing. I've lost 35lbs within the past year. But even still, seeing old photos really gives me motivation to continue my weight loss journey. ... read more
Bahamas
Honeymoon at Disney World
Las Vegas

North America » United States » Maine June 13th 2020

Back in 2010 the url=https://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/discover_history_explore_nature/activities/passport_program.shtmlMaine Department of Agriculture celebrated it's 75th Anniversary, and along came the State of Maine Passport. It was designed to get people out of the house and explore the state they lived in. The first year of its arrival, State Park attendance went up 36%! The first day the passport launched, was the same day David and I moved in together. We were young, broke, and so much in love; so it was pretty much our entertainment and travel plans for the good part of three years. Here's the overall gist of the Passport.The state of Maine has 48 State Parks and Historical Sites all through out the state. (No Baxter State Park isn't run by the state... its actually owned by a private company) Each location has a lock box, usually ... read more
Getting Our Hardest Stamp!
Fort Kent
Most East Part of the US!

North America » United States » Maine June 13th 2020

As promised, although I don't think I actually did... but here are my favorite Maine State Parks and Historical Sites. I think I'm going to try and rank them... we shall see. 10. Aroostook State Park This may have gotten on the list because it was the final stamp we needed. Not many people are going camping up in Northern Maine, with that being said, it makes for a relaxing and quiet destination. Why I Love It: It's secluded, has large camp sites, plenty of showers, a entertainment/game room, pond, and some really welcoming wardens. 9. Ferry Beach State Park Old Orchard Beach is a very popular and, in my opinion, overly hyped beach. It's often crowded in the summer, dirty, and has barely any parking. Crescent Stat... read more
Damarscotta Lake State Park
Hardest Stamp!
Mt Blue State Park




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