Monday, June 11, 2018

FAMILY FALL TRIP TO MAINE - 3

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25TH.  
Today was a travel day back to Freeport, Maine. We returned to Castine to clean up the headstones on my parents’ graves. We did a fairly good job of making the stones readable once again. This was all done in a light rain which continued through out the day. As we had made a number of stops on the way North, we did not stop for anything in particular on the way South. We did make a rest stop in Camden and actually found the three masted schooner, Victory Chimes, dressed for the winter. This vessel used to stop in Castine weekly during the summers, and we were well acquainted with its’ owner and captain that lived in Castine.

Tina had booked us into the Hilton Garden Inn for the evening. Thus we were within easy walking distance of L. L. Bean’s main store as well as their outlet store. We all did some browsing and buying here. I found a pair of hiking boots which will replace my older leather boots. Afterwards we had dinner at the Jameson Tavern which was very good.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26TH.

Today we went to Melrose, Massachusetts, to visit with my brother Jack and his wife Ellie. 

My Brother and I with Portrait of our Grandfather in the Background 
It was wonderful to see them both. We swapped family stories, took pictures, and enjoyed lunch at Turner’s Seafood Grill and Market in down town Melrose. I am very glad that we made the time for this visit as I had not seen them since 2011 when I went East for my late Cousin Priscilla’s 100th birthday.

We returned to Westbrook for the evening as we had flights out of Portland the next morning. 

It was a great trip and we all enjoyed ourselves. It was wonderful sharing our memories of Castine and Maine with the family.  We are now plotting for the next family adventure to another national Park in 2019. Stay tuned.

Happy Trails and Memories to all.

FAMILY FALL TRIP TO MAINE - 2

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

After another breakfast at 2 CATS, we were off to the top of Cadillac Mountain, It was a foggy morning, but when we got to the top we were above the fog. We enjoyed watching the clouds/fog move about, and taking different pictures. 


Clouds Rolling In

Foggy Entrance to Bar Harbor
George and Klara then took off for Bar Harbor via the Gorge Path and Kebo Mtn. Trails. We met them later in the afternoon. This was quite a difficult trail and outing for them. There were a number of steep down slopes. I am glad that I did not do this one.



Tina, Justin, and I enjoyed a more casual day of a drive along the Park Loop Road with visits to Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Otter Cliffs.


Fall Blanket

Sandy Beach Art


We also visited Northeast Harbor before returning to the Jordan Pond area. 
Rocky Coast Line

We went to the Jordon Pond House and found that the afternoon teas were done for the season as they were busy tearing up the lawn area. Lunch again was on the shore of the Pond. 


Jordon Pond and the Bubbles

Snoopy Mobile

Entry to Carriage House


Back in Bar Harbor we did some browsing as we waited to connect with our hearty hikers. Our downfall was an Indian jewelry store and an independent book store. (We could have worse afflictions!).

Dinner tonight was in Bar Harbor at the Finback Alehouse. This time I enjoyed fish and chips. We again visited the fire ring at the Motel and shared our blueberry pie. It was a big success.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH. 

We again headed for Cadillac Mountain for sunrise. We almost got blown off the mountain due to very strong winds. 


Sunrise through the Clouds

Sunrise a few Minutes Later
In order to photograph the sunrise I sat on the ground with the tripod as low as it would go. There was also some low clouds/fog in the air. It was a pretty sunrise but chilly for us sun birds from San Diego.


Lichen Covered Granite



A Chilly Morning even for Klara

We enjoyed breakfast on the waterfront in town. There was some more browsing as Tina wanted to show Justin a couple of stores. After a break we headed back to the Visitor Center to pick up one of the Carriage Roads for a casual afternoon hike in the midst of fall color.


Fallen Leaves

Carriage Road View

Green and Yellow


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

FAMILY FALL TRIP TO MAINE

 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

My family decided last year that we should come together to visit Maine, and Acadia National Park this year. We timed it to follow my photography trip to Maine. This was to be an enjoyable time to visit, hike, and travel back to some of our old stomping grounds. George and I had met and married in Castine, Maine.
We had all arrived the evening before, so this morning we were off to Bar Harbor for five days. We had breakfast at Guidi’s in Westbrook before heading North to Bar Harbor.

Our next stop was Camden, Maine, for a visit to Camden Hills State Park. When standing on top of Mt. Battie one gets a wonderful view of Penobscot Bay and the fall colors this time of year.

A VIEW OF PENOBSCOT BAY


CAMDEN HARBOR
FALL ATOP MT. BATTIE
 The family had not seen the Penobscot Narrows Bridge which we also stopped to view. This bridge replaced the Waldo-Hancock Bridge which had done wonderful service for many years. It had been discovered in 2003 that the cables were badly corroded and it was urgent to build a new bridge. This bridge is only one of three similar bridges in the United States ( (the others being Zakim Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, and Veterans Glass City Bridge in Toledo, Ohio.
 It has a observatory atop of one of the towers, and is the highest bridge observatory in the world.

PENOBSCOT NARROWS BRIDGE

THE NEW AND THE OLD

THE NEW AND OLD FROM BUCKSPORT, ME

Our next stop was in Castine, Maine which is where George and I met. We have many fond memories of this town. I called the town home from 1956 to 1963 when I went off to teach in Stamford, Connecticut. We did a “drive by” of the Maine Maritime Academy, The Manor, Dyce’s Head Lighthouse,

DYCE'S HEAD LIGHT

LOOKING OUT TO SEA

Trinity Chapel,

 “The Berth on the Bagaduce", my late parent's home, and the Cemetery. 

At Dyce’s Head Lighthouse we walked down to the shore below the light and an ocean view.
BELOW DYCE'S HEAD LIGHT
 
DYCE'S HEAD LIGHT

At Trinity Chapel we re-enacted our departure from the Chapel after our wedding. 
52 YEARS, AND GOING STRONG

JUST AS HAPPY 52 YEARS LATER

At the “Berth of the Bagaduce” we met the current owner and learned that after my parents passed away, it was sold and eventually gutted and rebuilt as a two story home built on the original foundation.

We then visited the Castine Cemetery where my parents had been buried. We spent some time cleaning off the gravestones and decided to return with brushes to do a more thorough job on our return to Portland.

Our final stop in Castine was downtown at The Compass Rose, a small independent bookstore and café. Here we bought a book on Castine written by a long time resident that George used to work with, and I had known  at Maine Maritime Academy. There were a couple of other souvenir purchases here.

We finally made it to Bar Harbor and settled into the Belle Isle Motel. Our stomachs were soon crying for some dinner which we found at Helen’s back in Ellsworth. Lobster rolls were on the menu.

ENJOYING A GOOD LAUGH
THE JOKE MEISTER

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND




This was the beginning of the family fun at Acadia National Park. We fueled up with a hearty breakfast at 2 CATS before heading for Jordan Pond and a wonderful hike around the Pond. The trail is 3.2 miles in length and is quite close to the shore of the Pond. The trail gets more difficult as one turns South along the West side of the  Pond as you scramble over some boulders, and then have to watch your footing among the fir roots that one has to negotiate. Then there is an extensive part of the trail along “bog walks” which are long boards elevated over a boggy area  used to protect the fragile plant life due to the wet terrain. After the hike we enjoyed our lunch on the shore of the pond near where we had started.

LOOKING ACROSS JORDAN POND

LUNCH STOP VIEW TOWARD THE BUBBLES
Afterwards we did some grocery shopping and visited the Park Visitor Center. As I knew of a place to get fresh lobster at a nearby roadside location (See previous Blog) we were off to get  the  treat of whole lobster dinners. Regrettably this was their last day of the season, and by the time we got there they were out of whole lobster!! We settled on generously packed lobster rolls for all. The girls and Justin had two each! This finished off the inventory. We practically closed the establishment down. For desert we ordered a whole blueberry pie to be consumed back at our Motel. Yumm!!

The Motel had a tradition of having an outdoor fire in the evening for our pleasure. We enjoyed the fellowship here as we shared the day's experiences with other guests.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

FALL ON THE MAINE COAST - PORTLAND TO BAR HARBOR llI


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19TH
BIRCH TRUNKS AND BLUEBERRY BUSHES

 A “ho-hum” morning for sunrise so we started a little later with breakfast once again at 2 Cats.  Afterwards we were off with cameras, and exploring new artistic techniques for different effects. This morning it was panning with multiple exposures as you move the camera through a progression. We took a series of 8 multiple exposures while moving the camera from ground level to sky.
AN ARTISTIC TOUCH
This is done, hand held! It is important to hold the camera steady as you are shooting. This takes lots of practice and trials. Do believe it is an interesting effect but I need lots more practice.
 
A PAINTERLY EFFECT

We then went back to Otter Point for long slow shutter speeds to eliminate the surf  and smooth out the water. This requires a tripod, and about a 10 stop Neutral Density Filter so you can slow the shutter speed to about 2 minutes or longer. This I had done before and liked some of the results. Here is an example from this trip>>>>
A FOGGY LOOK

SHORE IN FOG
 A number of us were determined to dine on whole Maine lobster. We finally found a place where we could have the lobster cooked, and then take it back to our house. (Eating a lobster in a restaurant is really not as much fun as at home  where you can be as diligent as you wish in getting all of the meat.) We really enjoyed the meal, but had to be quick with it as we needed to get to Bass Harbor Lighthouse for sunset!!
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GOOD PLACE TO GET FRESH LOBSTER

We made it to Bass Head Lighthouse, along with lots of other people. I opted to scramble very carefully and slowly down to the shore on the East side of the lighthouse. My vantage point was O.K, but I had to fire over a Barbed wire fence, and I was not tall enough to eliminate the wire. I got some nice shots, but it was trying. The accompanying photo has been greatly cropped to eliminate the wire.
BASS HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20TH

This morning saw us atop of  Cadillac Mountain for sunrise. As we looked out to sea, the sky responded with some nice color in the clouds. 
SUNRISE FROM MT. CADILLAC
The early light on the fall colors as they cascaded down the mountain was beautiful. 
FALL COLOR FALLING TO THE SEA
Soon it was time to be on our way back to Portland. After gathering our gear, and stuffing the cars, we headed for Ellsworth for breakfast at Martha’s Diner. It was located on the periphery of a small mall, but the food was very good and the service was quite timely.

Our drive South went smoothly with another stop at Camden Hills State Park. We did not spend a lot of time here, but it was good to give the area another look. 
MT. BATTIE COLOR
COLORFUL CAMDEN HILLS
GREEN AND RED
 
GOLD CASCADE


We had kept our eyes out for a church steeple framed with Fall Color and eventually found one in Wiscasset, Maine, one of the coast’s more beautiful towns.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

Once back in Portland we went off to Portland Head Light for sunset.
PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT & EARTH SHAD0W
We again had a sunny, clear afternoon, but that did not discourage us. The lighthouse was a beacon in the setting sun. As we did not want to delay dinner because of a long wait of at least 90 minutes at one of the better seafood restaurants in Portland, we returned to Westbrook where our Motel was, and had dinner at RubyTuesday.  They did good by us. It was not as chaotic as we would have found in Portland on a Friday evening. Back at the Motel it was decided to forego tomorrow’s sunrise shoot, and get an early start on out return trips home.

My family joined me this evening and tomorrow we will be headed back up the coast as a family to visit to Castine, where George and I met and were married. Then it was onto Acadia National Park. We had enjoyed our family time in Yosemite two years ago, and thought we would do something similar at a different Park.