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Published: October 27th 2019
This morning our ship arrived in Portland, Maine around 7:30am and it was gorgeous outside with all the beautiful autumn trees! The Maine coastline is beautiful. It was also 41 degrees and the forecast was calling for rain all day and it was already sprinkling. We were off the boat by 9:30am because we had a little fun planned today. I found a private company called Lucky Catch Cruises that offers you the chance to ride in a small lobstering boat out to the Casco Bay and help pull the lobster traps. It’s mainly a small tourist attraction however, this family-run business does pull their traps every day and they sell their lobsters to the Portland Lobster Company, a local lobster restaurant on the wharf. The reservation said rain or shine so off we went… in what was now rain… but we had our ponchos and our umbrellas which we quickly donned. We walked almost a mile in the rain and did not let the weather dampen our spirits. Finally, we found the area where Lucky Catch Cruises office was located and about that time I turned-on my cell phone only to have a voicemail saying they had been forced to
cancel the excursion and issue a refund. All of the boating tours in the area had been grounded due to a weather advisory. ☹ I was looking forward to this more than anything we were planning to do this entire trip.
We decided to walk around Portland and so some shopping. Maine is famous for two things – lobsters and blueberries. We purchased all sorts of items in a couple of shops and then we walked to the Portland Lobster Company and got in the line with lots of other people waiting for them to open. They only sell locally caught lobster. Kamie ordered a market 1 1/8 pound lobster meal, I ordered the scallop meal, we decided to share clam chowder and a slice of blueberry pie. We also ordered a blueberry draft beer which was excellent. In all the time I’ve known Kamie, I’ve never seen him eat as fast as he did today. He loved that lobster. My scallops were good but I didn’t know they would be breaded so I removed the breading before I ate them and Kamie helped me eat them but there were so many we did not finish the
scallops. We both liked the clam chowder and the blueberry pie even though we didn’t eat them all. We enjoyed our meal in a heated tent outside listening to the rain barreling down on us. We were two happy clams. 😉
We slowly walked back to the port and stopped and did more shopping. Kamie now has moose boxers even though we didn’t see a moose. We were going to take a trolley out to a lighthouse but by this time, it was pouring rain and there was no way you would see anything anyway. We got back to the boat and our shoes were soaked and our jeans were soaked to the knees. As the boat was skirting away from Portland it was still pouring rain. The coastline remains beautiful despite the rain and we passed a lighthouse as we were leaving. Pictures cannot do this place justice due to the fog and rain. We didn’t care about the rain. We still had a great day. I wish we had more time here or at least a calm sea day when we could’ve gone out and pulled lobster traps. Oh Well. Safety first.
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