|Pemaquid Lighhouse near Bristol|
trip to Monhegan, a visit to the Farnsworth Museum and checking out participants in Maine's 'Open Farm Day' were the highlights of the week.
Known as the "Lighthouse State," Maine has 66 lighthouses along the coast, 57 of them still active. So, if you are seriously into lighthouses, you could spend several vacations just checking out the lighthouses and their history. We enjoy visiting the structures, so there may be a disproportionate number of lighthouse pictures included, but far from all 66.
|Atlantic Puffin (from Audubon Society file)|
|Overview of Monegan and neighboring island, Manana|
souls, and walking the streets around the island, there were numerous artists with tripods set up, and brushes dipping into their oils or watercolors. Alan was one of many, instead of an exception. Only a handful of vehicles are found on the island, primarily work vehicles, or for transporting guest's luggage to their accommodations. With a year round population of around 65, the island swells to around 250 during the summer, with day trippers and overnight visitors. Even though the island consists of only 4.5 square miles, there are about 12 miles of trails available, many of them steep and strenuous, but offering gorgeous views of the ocean cliffs from rocky ledges as a reward at the end of the hike.
|Sculpture outside the Farnsworth|
|Brae Maple Farm-certified organic. Donated to local food kitchens.|
A truism, in Maine, "if you don't like the weather wait a few minutes." We've never visited an area were the weather forecast is so unreliable, and weather changes so radically throughout the day. We've had several Florida "winter" days since we arrived, with temperatures barely getting out of the 50's. But when the sun comes out it is glorious!
|On the rocks below Pemaquid Lighthouse ---FYI-Click on photos to enlarge|
|Rocks below Pemaquid|
|Hootenanny in Bristol|
|Rockland Breakwater-have to watch your step here!|
|Seals sighted on our trip out to Monhegan|
|Marshall Point Lighthouse near Port Clyde|
|One of the many artists on Monhegan|
|Alan walking on Main St., Monhegan|
|Manana island, Monhegan's neighbor|
|Panorama from top of Whitehead trail on Monhegan|
|Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse|
|Owls Head Lighthouse|
|Clipper ship at Rockland harbor - Picton Castle|
|Herb garden with natural fencing at Brae Maple Farms|
|Morse's naturally fermented pickles and sauerkraut in Waldoboro|
|Fresh blueberries at Sweet Season Farms|
|Main Street Camden|
|Harbor near Owls Head|
|Lunch stop in Monhegan|
|At the Maine Water Buffalo Company in Appleton|
Lobster Benedict-click here for recipe