Saturday, April 10, 2010

Maine 1995


My husband and I were very fortunate that we have taken 2 or 3 month long vacations. I thought it would be fun ( for me anyway) to look back on these trips. I thought I would divide my posts by states. Gerald said 3 month long vacations.




Day 22 ~ Ellsworth Motel ~ Ellsworth, Maine ~ one double bed, no air conditioner, a fan and a small bathroom $47.08 AAA




Day 23 ~ Checked out


Acacia National Park on Mt. Desert Island $5.00. We drove the 27 mile loop road that connects Acadia's lakes, mountains, and seashore.


Sand Beach ~ partially formed of shell fragments. It's the only sand beach in Acadia National Park ~ all the others are pebbles and rock. On the right were large cliffs and boulders with seaweed and barnacles.


Thunder Hole ~ waves crashed into a narrow chasm and exploded in sound and spray.


Otter Cliff Otter Point, Fabbri ~ we stopped for a picnic lunch.


Our next stop was to look at a bridge made out of stone. All around it were millions of mussels and snails. It is chilly out.


Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain ~ at 1,530, it's the highest point on the US Atlantic seaboard. We drove to the top and then walked around the summit. The wind was blowing about 40mph. It was a dense fog with occasional clear spots. We could see Bar Harbor. Within 2 to 3 minutes conditions could be extremely foggy or clear.


Stopped back at Thunder Hole


Bucksport, Maine ~ $42.80 AAA 2 double beds, no air conditioner, a nice sized room.




Day 24 ~ #1 S ~ crossed a high suspension bridge over Penobscot River


Searsport ~ took a side street to view Penobscot Bay ~ crossed over Penobscot River ~ mountains and tress all around us


Cameden ~ a seaside town nestled beneath the Camden Hills. We walked a little and went in a wood shop called Once a Tree. Then we walked out to a harbor in Camden Bay and saw a fleet of schooners.




Gas $1.19 a gallon




Freeport ~ home of LL Bean ~ both sides of the streets were lined with stores. First we went to LL Bean which is open 24 hours 365 days a year. It had 4 levels and we spent a long time looking around. Then we went to the Levis store and looked around there. In the area there were more than 100 retail shops and name brand outlets. Stopped at a stand and got a hot dog. My hot dog was long and skinny and the buns were strange looking. The top and sides looked like regular bread folded in half and the bottom was like and end piece of bread.




Portland ~ We drove around the Back Cove on #1S. Portland is the largest city in Maine. We drove though part of the downtown area.


Saco, Maine ~ Eastview Motel ~ $58.85 AAA nice room with 1 double bed


Old Orchard Beach ~ shops and more shops and food places


Cascade Restaurant ~ I had a whole lobster, salad, roll and baked potato $9.95 Gerald had sirloin tips, salad, rice and a roll $9.95


Anthony, our waiter had to show me how to crack and get the meat out of the lobster. Messy! Had to were a bib!!




Day 25 ~ Cascade Restaurant $4.99 each for the buffet


Kennebunkport ~ We saw former President Bush's vacation retreat. It overlooked a rocky inlet. There were 3 different houses on the property and 1 was larger than the others. Two limos were in the driveway and about 3 other cars and also 2 bikes. While we were there we saw Barbara Bush and her dog walking. Gerald reminded me that Mrs. Bush waved to us!!


Qgunquit ~ beach ~ very small with thousands of people


York ~ beach ~ miles upon miles of cars parked at meters


Maine was absolutely breathtaking!!! I wish that I had been more descriptive in my journal. Look at the gas, food and hotel/motel prices. They sure have changed.

35 comments:

DJan said...

How long ago was this? You didn't say, or if you did I missed it. Very nice little journey you had there. It's nice to have the memory still fresh in your mind like that.

cinner said...

Sounds like fun, I would not have been good on the suspension bridge, that would have been the end of the line for me. lol. have a great rest of the weekend.

The Church Lady said...

Kid you not, I believe we went to Maine the same year and your trip itinerary sounds pretty much identical to ours! lol.

I find it interesting that you remember how much the gas was! Thanks for sharing.

mama-face said...

i love that you still have the record of all the money spent. AND your description of the hot dog. :)

I love the east coast. It's been years since I've been back there, but I will always love it. And Maine...sigh. beautiful.

Brian Miller said...

its really ool that you wrote these though because it will bring back the memories that go with each place. with it had kept the same for all our travels...

Secretia said...

It is a fascinating state, we took a summer vacation near Portland, the people and the locale reminded me of olden times. So friendly were they.

Secretia

Ann said...

It sounds like a wonderful trip. How fortunate that you are able to take such long vacations. I love how you journaled everything, makes for some good memories.

Joanne said...

How nice that you kept a journal of your adventures. It's such a great way to remember all those details that, years later, really do mean so much. Thanks for sharing them here :)

TechnoBabe said...

What a great idea to keep a journal like this. You can both reminisce and enjoy looking back on the sights and sounds and tastes of the trip. I like that you wore a big to eat your lobster. Sounds like it was a fun trip.

otin said...

I did a Maine trip one time, going to LL Bean and passing by George Bush's home. It was a great place to visit!

blueviolet said...

We went to Acadia National Park when I was younger and it's still one of my favorite trips! I remember spending time at the coast too, picking up driftwood.

You're so fortunate to be able to travel that much!

Linda Medrano said...

The low prices are astounding! Wow! I'm glad you kept a journal of this! Sounds like a great vacay!

Jen said...

Next time you'll keep an online journal! I will try to do it this summer. I love long trips like that.

Mrs. Bush is a Texan. Of course she waved!!!

Jeanie said...

I have never been to Maine, so it was fun to go on your trip with you. I always try to keep some kind of journal when I travel, but I often end up without much detail.

Juliana said...

I have never been to maine, but I would love to go...that you for posting this!

Kathy M. said...

Boy this brought back memories. I used to love driving up the Maine coast with my daughter. Kennebunkport, York, Ogunquit, all familiar spots to me. I also drove by the Bush's place. And there were lighthouses, and hand-made ice-cream and, of course, lobster, eaten on a picnic table, served on a paper plate with a salad and a baked potato. Those are still some of my favorite days. Thanks for the reminder.

Blasé said...

Except for my daily route/job...I rarely leave Wake County. I need to get out more...

Kathy said...

How awesome to be able to do that! Love the prices!!!

Boomer Pie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. It's fun to share travels. I just noticed you're from Apex, NC. We used to live near there. Do they still have that great little Mexican restaurant in downtown Apex? Ten years ago, we stumbled upon it on a rainy Sunday and thought it was the best Mex ever.

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Michele said...

Oh wow.. that sounds like so much fun!!!

Tracie said...

I've never been to Maine but I've always wanted to travel around the northeast. I can't believe you took such a long vacation. Lucky!

steelxmagnolia said...

Glad to see that you enjoyed the state of Maine. I have only been here a few years and it has its charms. Winter is not one of them ;-) Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. You are welcome anytime! Cheers!

The Blue Zoo said...

Wow! That sounds awesome! My husband has always wanted to go there. Maybe someday...

Ms Sparrow said...

I have never traveled east of Milwaukee but always wanted to see the East Coast. It sounds like just the sort of vacation I'd enjoy--sightseeing, stopping at tourist spots, shopping and enjoying the local foods. Thanks for sharing!

veterankindergartenteacher said...

I have never been to Maine.....it sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Something tells me the prices will be a tad bit higher now....lol

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

i have only been to Maine once in my life and it was during college, I loved it but I wish I could go now that I could appreciate it differently. LIke your recap of the trip.

Danica said...

I have always wanted to go to Maine. I'd love to get married there!

Jenny said...

I'm glad I stopped by to read your blog today - loved reading about your trip!

Tracy said...

York Beach wasn't always like that. It was so quaint when I spent my teenage summer days there. I miss it but I don't miss the cold water!

And, Old Orchard Beach was where we take the boat up to when we wanted to get away from York Beach. I lived in South Berwick, Maine, right near (Kittery) the New Hampshire boarder.

Matty said...

I've been to Maine many times over the years. I love the laid back, slower pace and and the quiet country atmosphere.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Gas at $1.19 a gallon and a $4.99 buffet! Ahhhh, those were the days.

Sounds like a fabulous trip.

xo

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

OMG - 1995? Gas was that low? But 1995 doesn't seem that long ago. And even though you may have written enough detail, you did seem to note the important stuff, like NO AIR CONDITIONING - ACK!

Holly said...

How cool that you have that journal..I did one on our trip to Europe and love looking back at it. I am so jealous Mrs. Bush waved at you!

Missy said...

My parents took me on a trip to Maine when I was in college. I just loved it. Interesting place - and lobster to die for.