Maine – Day 1

Last week Harland and I took a vacation to Maine. We left on Saturday morning, drove all day that day, Sunday and Monday arriving at Machias, Maine that night, only a few miles from the ocean. We stayed in a tiny cottage out in the country we had rented for a couple days. After we unloaded all our luggage, we stepped out the back door and looked up at the Milky Way. Then we looked at each other and exclaimed, “WE’RE IN MAINE!”, and hugged each other.  I had been in Maine about 20 years ago, but Harland had never visited, so we had been looking forward to this for a long time.

Next morning, we were out early for a drive along the coast. We stopped near a cliff overlooking the ocean. Wild blueberries were everywhere and we stopped to eat a few.

They were perfectly ripe and sweet.

We continued our drive north up the coast stopping at the small fishing village of Lubec.

Settled in 1785, it was once a large herring processing and packing center. Today there are lobster and scallop fisherman, and the area has a growing tourism trade. We viewed the boats anchored in the harbor, the tiny lighthouse in the center of the harbor, and walked up and down its main street with quaint shops.

In the afternoon we visited the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, built in 1858.

The sky was growing cloudy, but the sun managed to break through at sunset illuminating the lighthouse and light keeper’s house.

Afterward, we headed back to Lubec to visit the harbor one last time as twilight descended.

We drove back to our little cottage for the night and slept like logs.

The next day, we drove south to Schoodic Point where we saw ocean waves crashing against the rocks, tidepools full of sea life, and seagulls basking in the sun. We hiked up to Schoodic Head through a piney woods, and then headed back to the rocky coast for sunset. Stay tuned for Maine – Day 2.


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20 Responses

  1. Pam K. says:

    So interesting to see a totally different part of the country! Thanks!

  2. Wow. The miles. The lighthouses. The boats. Love it. Can’t wait to see more!!!!

  3. I’m already jealous of this trip and can’t wait to see more!

  4. Oh, envy. Green with. I’m dying to go to Maine. More photos, please!! What a fun trip!


  5. Linda says:

    Awesome photos!

  6. Kathy says:

    My family lives in Maine and loves it. You have captured it perfectly. Great pictures.

  7. Becky L. says:

    Love the photos. My daughter in law used to live in Maine and she liked it alot better than Georgia. I love the lighthouse. There are alot of them here in Oregon and I’ve got most of them photographed. I saw the post when you were in Newport last year? I like how calm the harbor was in your last couple photos. That time of day is so different, when sun is setting and right afterwards. Good time to photograph if the lighting is right. Looking forward to the next episode. Have a good weekend!

    • Suzanne says:

      Your daughter in law must miss Maine. Yes, we so enjoyed Oregon when we visited there too. We tend to head towards oceans when we are on vacation. Must be because we’re landlocked. 🙂
      Thanks Becky.

  8. I’ve always wanted to go to Maine or any other part of the US for that matter. Thanks for sharing your fun.

  9. Doe of Mi. says:

    Beautiful photos and country. The tiny lighthouse is so cute, love it. And the big one is beautiful – great lighting for you.

  10. Nancy says:

    As always your pictures are amazing! Makes me want to make that trip! Thanks for sharing them with all of us!

  11. Jen says:

    Your photos make me homesick! I’m from the mid-coast region of Maine. Even though I love living in the beauty of the Flint Hills in Kansas, I deeply miss Maine…the woods, the ocean smell, the sounds…and my family! I hope you enjoyed your vacation~

    • Suzanne says:

      I’ve always lived in the midwest, but love love Maine. I can imagine how much you must miss it. Do you get a chance to get back sometimes?

  12. Melanie says:

    Oh WOW!! That is one of my hubby and I’s dream vacations. .mostly cause we want access to all that yummy fresh seafood. .hope you had lots to eat and fill us in on all that too!! The weather looks delicious in your photos. .nice and crisp!

  13. Oooooo! All of the red and white paint…I love how that looks! Those lighthouses look immaculate! The looming clouds in the lighthouse photos make for such a beautiful shot! Gorgeous!

    • Suzanne says:

      We were so lucky with the light when we visited that lighthouse. Couldn’t have had better if we paid for it. 🙂

  14. Teresa says:

    Beautiful! I love lighthouses, and your pictures are perfect.

  15. Eliza says:

    Maine is awesome in the summer! My grandfather is from Maine and I miss it! I’m glad you enjoyed Maine blueberries….Lemon blueberry bread is the only way to go!

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