"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Acadia/Coastal Maine


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Acadia National park is scattered over many different parts of Mt. Desert Island.  Far vistas from the top of Cadillac mountain are tough to photograph.

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And getting the correct timing for Thunder Hole is also tough.

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The loop road carries you past many nice places for pictures of the rocky shore.

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We took a day trip across the border to New Brunswick, and Campobello Island.  Visited the island home of FDR.  Another cloudy day which makes for washed out pictures.

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Most everything in the home is family heirlooms and several docents do a great job of bringing the home alive.

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While Wanda was waiting to have tea with Eleanor,

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I visited Head Harbor Lighthouse on the end of the island.

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One of the four ladders used to cross the inlets at low tide to access the lighthouse.

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After returning to the mainland and the U S, we stopped at West Quaddy Head lighthouse.  Located on the easternmost point of the United States.

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Fall is beginning to show itself in some areas.

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That’s what we’re waiting on…..jc

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Moving to Maine


It was still cloudy and cool as we departed St. Johnsbury, VT on Sunday morning.  Drizzle followed us into New Hampshire, but we could see a clearing line to the South of Hwy 2 as we traveled East.  As we passed a sign for Mount Washington I took the turn.  After a couple of miles the blue sky appeared.

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The Pikes Peak of the East, I suppose.  Would have loved to have driven to the top, but without the Casita.  The only cloud in the sky had the summit obscured.

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Back on Hwy 2, We saw a sign for another covered bridge. Turned around and traveled down a narrow country road for a couple miles, to find this.

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Built in 1893 with wooden pins, wedges, and wrought iron.

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Spent Sunday night just outside Bangor, Maine and made our way to Bar Harbor on Monday morning. 

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A blend of working fishermen, and tourists from all parts of the globe.

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Sunset from the campground.

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Acadia, next…jc

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rain, Rain. !!


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Seems it has been raining, or threatening rain, since we arrived in what I would call New England.  Visions of rolling hills and mountains, showing their first flash’s of color under blue skies, have been dulled considerably.

Our drive across Vermont on Hwy. 2 took us through dozens of small villages.  Even the Capitol city of Montpelier appears to be much smaller than most capitol cities, and has a thriving downtown area.  Would have loved to stop and walk the streets, read the historical plaques, and visit the local watering holes. Dreary skies puts a damper on all that.

Every village or community, whatever they are called by the locals, has at least one, and often many, buildings such as this.

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I wish I had stopped and taken an assortment of pictures.  Many had clocks such as this one, and amazingly most all had the correct time.

Due to the dreary weather, we spent our time today driving some small country back roads and visiting places such as this.

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And this!

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They were making cheddar, today.

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Stirring and chopping the curds and whey.

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Taking samples for quality testing.

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It passed the tests.

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After spending too much time in the sampling room, we continued around Montpelier to Waterbury.  Waterbury is home to this place.

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Too many flavors, not enough time.

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No production going on today, so the tour was kind of dull.  The samples at the end helped.

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A quick shot of the state capitol building, along the way back to the RV park.

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Rain has been falling all afternoon, with more on the way.  Sally isn’t happy….jc