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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

North America » United States » Maine March 23rd 2020

A week ago I was in Chile, enjoying our last full day exploring this gorgeous country, visiting beautiful vineyards, fascinating museums, comfortable homes, and drinking fine Chilean wines. I am writing this from my home in Maine, so you can see I made it through the maelstrom, which turned out to be more in my head, in the worrying and anticipation of what, last week, was told to be imminently before us. Everything in getting home worked out better than anyone could have ever guessed. Perhaps we were just lucky. Last Monday morning we visited the Colchagua Museum, an amazing and impressive private collection that covers thousands of years of Chilean history, containing the largest collection of pre-Columbian art in all of Chile. This museum is a masterpiece. In the afternoon we enjoyed a delightful home-hosted ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor October 28th 2019

Happy Birthday to McKamie in Bar Harbor, Maine! Today was supposed to be a so-so day. I didn’t think there was too much in Bar Harbor and so we had nothing planned. I had read it would be raining and our coldest stop of the cruise. Today was a pleasant surprise. Bar Harbor is an enclave of small islands connected by a sand bar… when the tide is low, you can walk to one of the islands but if the tide rises, you are stuck on the island. Bar Harbor is also a small hideaway for the wealthy. We could easily see why today. This little piece of America is nothing short of glorious in the autumn and it is easy to look around and imagine the fun in the sun of summer, too. Backing up…. ... read more
Us in Bar Harbor
The little downtown area of Bar Harbor
Oysters Rockefeller

North America » United States » Maine October 5th 2019

As our friends and family know, we sold our house in June. We have been living in the RV since June 3. Not having a house to tend to we have enjoyed exploring Maine over the summer. I also have been playing with the camera learning how to operate it off of the "auto" setting....definitely a work in progress. I had the most fun with it so far trying to capture the spray of the waves at the ocean and slowing the roll of the waves. I probably am including too many pictures of them but I just thought it was so cool so maybe you will too. As this is my first post, we'll see how the pictures all set up...(Already see I am going to need to do a couple of entries to capture ... read more
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North America » United States » Maine » Bangor August 21st 2019

Bangor, Maine, 20 juillet Déjà la dernière étape du périple... Cette aventure le long du littoral oriental américain nous a ravi, séduit et on en reprendrait bien encore un peu! Gavés d'océan, de plages (un bonne vingtaine au compteur), de découvertes formidables et de moments magiques, nos têtes heureuses garderont longtemps le souvenir de cet été de rêve. Au cours des derniers jours, nous avons redécouvert Provincetown (Massachussetts) et son ambiance unique, Salisbury Beach (Massachussetts) au lever de Lune sur l'océan, Hampton Beach (New Hampshire) et sa jolie petite route côtière, Old Orchard Beach (Maine) et sa "québécitude" (sans parler de la plage, qui mérite amplement sa popularité) puis enfin le magnifique Acadia National Park et Bar Harbor (Maine) avec son littoral rocheux et son relief spectaculaire. Après plus de 5000 kilomètres de route, près de ... read more
Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachussetts
Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachussetts
Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachussetts

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor August 2nd 2019

July 31, 2019 – Bar Harbor, Maine - Weather: 84°F/29°C, Foggy in the AM, Clear skies by noon, wind 8.1 mph, humidity 78° This morning we threaded our way into Frenchman Bay through the fog and fields of drifting buoys marking the locations of lobster posts. Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island, which is the third largest island on the East Coast of the United States. As there is no wharf we had to anchor in the bay and use the ship’s tenders to transport guests and crew ashore. The island is home to Acadia National Park which covers approximately 38,000 acres with another 12,000 acres of conservation easements. After spending a quiet morning aboard ship reading we went ashore in the early afternoon to catch our shore excursion “Victorian Villages of Mount Desert ... read more
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North America » United States » Maine » Portland July 26th 2019

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 travel book is Border Crossings: Travel Essays and Poems. I have traveled to all seven continents of the world. I have seen many stunning landscapes. One of them is in my own backyard in New England where I live. It’s the state of Maine, where I have taken many vacations over the past 20 years. Maine’s unique combination of mountains, forests and stunning rocky coastline keeps drawing me back. My most recent trip involved travels to Monhegan Island, Camden and Portland. Here are a few highlights. Monhegan is a small, rocky island 10 miles from the nearest mainland and scarcely a square mile ... read more
Creative Flower Arrangement at Monhegan Harbor
Cliffs on Monhegan
The Pines of Monhegan




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