When you're a 40 something single mother of a teen with lots of ambition, you find yourself in all kinds of interesting adventures and situations. Come back to laugh at us any time you feel the need, heaven knows where we'll be doing what next. Here you can expect a few words, a lot of images and hopefully ideas on what you can do for your next adventure.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The day I got Storked - "He better not have a baby with him!"

Ok - so it wasn't a Stork, it was really a Great Blue Heron. He still scared the crap out of me.

I came home, empty house, let the dogs out and they started howling. I'm like - what the heck is going on? I looked out in that direction and there was a heron 'stalking' across my lawn. I quickly got the dogs in the house and crept out the front door.

He walked across the lawn - long, lumbering but deliberate steps - intently looking for anything that moved. When he was directly in front of me he turned my way, studied me for a minute, then carried on his way looking from side to side like he had dropped his keys flying over or something. He went to the neighbors and the last I knew - he was still walking down the road.

I'm assuming he was tired of eating fish and frogs and was looking for something more on the lines of a mouse, a mole, a toad or a snake. You know, a little change up in the diet. :)

If I stand here real still, maybe you'll think I'm a tree like the ones behind me

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Barn and Loosestrife - Chelsea, Maine

The Purple Loosestrife caught my eye first, a sea of waiving purple in a marshy area on the corner of Rt 17 and Windsor road in Chelsea. Then I did a facepalm - the barn is right there! PHOTO-OP! Yes, I pulled right over. :) Wouldn't you?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fort Point State Park - Stockton Springs, Maine

This sweet little gem is often overlooked, and rightfully so. It's not loud like the Portland Headlight, it's kind of out of the way, it doesn't offer sweeping views of a rocky crashing coastline but it does one job and does it well - it let's fishing vessels know if it's the Penobscot River they need - they are on the right path.

Fort Point was originally the home of Fort Pownell, constructed in 1759 with the intention of use by the English during war times. It was burned by American rebels in 1775 in retaliation of the British. In 1836 the lighthouse was built to assist vessels navigating the Penobscot river. The Fog House containing the 1200 lb cast iron bell put in place in 1890 is still there but no longer works, as automation of the light and signal has been added. Later, the Fort Point Hotel was built to bring the wealthy elite to the area but unfortunately it burned to the ground in 1898 after just 26 years. As you can tell - this will peninsula has really had it's share of excitement!

Fort Point State park is open for public use with 120 acres of walking trails and rocky shores to explore. On this particular day we stuck to just walking around the lighthouse, but I really look forward to stopping by again soon to check out the shoreline. It's worth going out of your way - trust me. 

Love, love, love this lighthouse!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Penobscot Narrows bridge - Stockton Springs, Maine

I remember traveling across the original bridge years ago - then called the Waldo-Hancock bridge - a rickety narrow "humming" bridge that conjured up thoughts of driving over the side or getting into a head on collision. I would white knuckle it all the way across, swearing and on the verge of tears. 

Thank goodness they upgraded. 

The replacement is called the Penobscot Narrows bridge and on the Verona Island side contains an observatory tower 420 feet up from the ground. You can get to the observatory by entering the Fort Knox State Park and purchasing a specific ticket (adds $2.50 to the entry fee per person over age 12) On this particular day the clouds were out and well - I was with my mom who I knew wouldn't want anything to do with it, so I'll have to do it with the boy and post another day :)

The bridge itself is a work of art, it's actually rather spectacular considering the amount of time they had to design and build (well - 3 1/2 years seems like a long time but hey - look at the pics!). Wiki claims there are only two others like it in the US. Whodathunkit?

The footings of the old bridge are still standing

Yeah - that's the observatory tower up there

WAAYY up there

More old Waldo-Hancock bridge parts

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Camden Hills State Park - Camden, Maine

A popular stopping point off Rt 1 if you're going 'coastal' is Camden Hills State park. Very easy to find, just on the outskirts of Camden, there is an campground, a road that you can drive up to the top of the mountain and then miles of trails for hiking.

The auto road brings you to Mt. Battie, with a height of 780' and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Camden,  Isleboro, North Haven, Deer Isle and Rockland - then when you turn to look over your shoulder, you'll find Ragged Mountain (home of the Camden Snow Bowl and the famous toboggan races) and Bald Mountain. To facilitate your viewing experience, there is a tower that was built in 1921 to show appreciation of those who fought in the world war. The tower itself is a bit of a marvel. 

The other mountains of the park consist of Mt. Megunticook, standing at 1385 feet, Maiden Cliff, back down to 800 feet but with sweeping views of Megunticook lake, Bald Rock Mountain at 1200 feet, Garey Mountain - 790 feet, Derry Mountain at 777 feet and last but not least - Frohock Mountain at 454 feet. You could spend days at the park just walking trails.  

On this particular day, we stuck with the auto road. :)

Mt. Megunticook, towering over Mt. Battie

Ragged (left) and Bald (right) Mountains - you can see the trails of the Camden Snow Bowl

Camden Harbor


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