Maine Vacation – Part Three

IMG_1106We spent three nights on the northern coast at a sheep farm we found on Air BnB.  There were no rooms anywhere else, and this sounded right up our alley, anyway.  Our host was a baker, and he presented us with this lovely loaf, which we munched on while we were there and had for breakfast our first morning at home.  It was superb!  He told us where he got the recipe.  We will give it a try!

We both enjoyed the peace and solitude of the farm, which was right on the cove.

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Jack and our host split some wood late one afternoon.

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The next morning, we tried stealing some apples, but unfortunately, they were not quite ready!

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We did have internet access, but no TV.  NO TV!  It was great!  Neither of us was certain if we had ever seen so many stars before…and such bright twinkling ones.  There’s a lot to be said for getting away from it all.   The farm was the perfect jumping off spot for touring the lighthouses of the area and Campobello Island, which is just across the Canadian border.  We stayed pretty busy!

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Quoddy West is one of my favorite spots on the entire Maine coast.  I could have sat and watched the ocean for days.  I like that the beach is easy to access from this point.

We got a special treat in that they have started opening the lighthouse to visitors.  That wasn’t the case until last summer.  They only do it on Saturdays.  We got lucky!  The steps weren’t too arduous, but there was a lot of overhanging architecture, which made it challenging for those of us who are kind of bumblers.  I loved seeing the fresnel lens up close.

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Then, we went on to Canada via the international bridge at Lubec.  We were so disappointed that they didn’t stamp our passports!  They just looked at us and smiled.  Boo!

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This was taken while we were in line on the bridge, waiting to go through customs.  So pretty!  Everywhere you look is beauty.

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Our first stop on the island was the summer home of the Roosevelt family.  I love this place!  It is so homey, even though it’s apparent that wealthy, famous people lived here.  It was a home first.  It had no electricity.  Even though it was available, Mrs. Roosevelt chose to keep things simple.   I’ll include a few pictures of the interior.  There were too many interesting things to include them all.

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Mrs. Roosevelt used the large megaphone to call the children to dinner!

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IMG_1176The good ol’ days, right?  At least they had servants to do that backbreaking work for them!  Look at the irons built into the stove!

Next, we went up to Quoddy East lighthouse.  Unfortunately, they were having some sort of festival there, and our view was spoiled by lots of people.  We got a little time at the edge, but it wasn’t the same with all those folks there.  Bummer.  The last time we were here, we saw whales.  I didn’t have the patience to sit and wait for them with the crowded conditions.  But, it was pretty, anyway.

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At low tide, it is possible to walk to the lighthouse.  See the rusty staircase on the rocks?  The tide is very high here – something like 15 feet or so.  I can’t recall exactly.  In any event, it comes and goes quickly, hence the warning signs.  It’s a very impressive display that Mother Nature puts on in this spot.

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The water is so beautiful and clear.  Makes me want to jump right in.  But, it’s a bit chilly for that – even in the height of summer.  Not much swimming going on!

Our last stop on the island was a little harbor.  I can’t recall the name.  I snapped quite a few boat pix, which I think I will later turn into art of some sort.  I’ll include a sample here.  It’ll look great printed on canvas.

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Waterlogue 1.1.4 (1.1.4) Preset Style = Illustration Format = 6" (Medium) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = Technical Pen Drawing Weight = Light Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Normal Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Natural Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Medium Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces

Waterlogue 1.1.4 (1.1.4) Preset Style = Vibrant Format = 8" (Large) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Medium Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Normal Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Natural Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Narrow Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces

We finished our tour of Maine in Bath at the Bath Iron Works and Maine Maritime Museum.  We really enjoyed that stop, but it wasn’t particularly photogenic.  We HIGHLY recommend it as part of a Maine tour.  We would allow the better part of the day for it, if we had it to do over again.  We had to just give it a once over lightly.

All in all, we had a great time.  We ate tons of blueberries and gallons of clam chowder.  Breathed lots of fresh sea air.  We’re ready to go back!

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