Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Maine

State 17:

Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride!

I will be featuring the states alphabetically. The next state is

Maine

Maine became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820  and the capital is Augusta.

Twelve years ago, in our pre-RVing days, we flew to Maine to visit our daughter’s family while they were living in Biddeford for a short time. We arrived during the mud season, just before Easter. We stayed with them a few days and then took off in our rental car to explore a little bit of New England and Canada. We circled back to have some more grandson time before flying home.

On Easter Sunday, our then one year old grandson had his first Easter Egg hunt in the snow. Later we drove through the countryside to Ridley Farm for Maine Maple Sunday. In addition to raising dairy cattle, this family owned farm produces maple syrup. Our grandson got to see the cows up close and we got to see how the syrup is produced.  We loaded up on bottles of their syrup to take home to Georgia.

Maine Maple Sunday at Ridley Farm

Biddeford is located on the coast and we loved the rocky coastline. Even though it was cold, we had a great time enjoying the coast with our grandson.

Biddeford Pool

We wandered around the coast of Maine, eating lobster rolls and blueberry pie, and finding lighthouses.

We spent some money at the LL Bean store in Freeport and stopped at several of the LLBean outlets along the way.

L. L. Bean Store in Freeport, Maine

Our journey took us across this Cribstone Bridge to Cook’s Lobster House in Harpswell where we enjoyed lunch. If you guessed we tried their lobster rolls you would be correct.

Cribstone Bridge connecting Bailey’s Island and Orr’s Island

A Bed and Breakfast in Bath was our home for a night.  Dining at a waterfront restaurant and watching the ice flow down the river was a great way to end the day. A couple of the locals told us they make bets on when the ice will start to break up.

Ice on Kennebec River in Bath, Maine

We visited Acadia National Park before it was officially open and had the park almost to ourselves. We walked along the ocean  path above the water and listened for the loud boom of the waves crashing at the Thunder Hole.

We passed through miles and miles of forest as we traveled through the north Maine woods on our way to Kent and the beginning of U. S. Highway 1. I was on moose alert the entire time but the only we one we saw was crossing the road so far ahead of us to get a good look.

Wandering around Maine was such a great adventure. One of my favorite memories, though, is the sound of the Easter eggs cracking as our grandson dropped them one by one into his basket.

To read previous posts about the states featured in this series just click on the state name: Alabama      Alaska      Arizona      Arkansas      California      Colorado     Florida      Georgia      Hawaii        Idaho  Illinois      Indiana      Iowa     Kansas     Kentucky     Louisiana

16 thoughts on “Wandering Around America One State at a Time – Maine

  1. We love Maine! We’ve not been to all the places you’ve visited, though. I would love to go back again sometime soon, especially to go back to eat at the Maine Diner!

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  2. Hard to believe you’re on state #17 already! Please keep the good stories coming! Tom loves Maine probably more than any other state on the Atlantic coast. Being from Colorado, I guess that makes sense. He even looked into doing a camp host gig there, but we’re too busy traveling.

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  3. At one time Maine was on our list of places to visit, but gosh, it’s so darn far away. Sounds like a wonderful memory of time spent with family including a little sightseeing.

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  4. What can I say? We love Maine so much that we moved here. If you liked it in mud season, you really should check it out in full summer or fall. Next time you are here, we’d love to have you visit–we’ll feed you up on lobster and food from our gardens while we look over the Camden hills!

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    1. Thank you so much for the invitation! If we ever get back to Maine I accept! We had lunch at Cappy’s in Camden one day and checked out the waterfront there. And if you spend some time on St. Simons next winter we will have to get together.

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      1. Cappy’s has new owners and a name change. But the harbor remains the same. I would love to get together next winter if we are down on St. Simons. So far, that is the plan, but it may only be a short trip. So, we’ll see!

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  5. Now you’re talking. 🙂 I love our neighbor state, Maine, and I recognize beautiful Cape Elizabeth from your photos. We were there a few years back with our grandkids for a picnic. Sitting at the table minding our business, enjoying our sandwiches and along comes a van. A couple of women get out. Each one has a blanket around them. A photographer sets up his camera on a tripod, and all of a sudden they drop the blankets, and they have either bikini bottoms or panties on and he starts snapping away. After he gets the photos, they pick up the blankets again, and off they drive. I think it took an hour for all four of us to close our mouths. 🙂 We’ve been back several times but have only run into folks fully clothed which we appreciate. 🙂

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    1. Judy, that’s a story you and your grandkids will never forget! I remember how cold and windy it was the day we were there. We loved going to all the lighthouses and coastal towns. When I was going through my Maine photos I also found the ones from our New Hampshire visit. Those will be coming soon…

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  6. I’ve never been to Maine but it does look cold! I truly love lighthouses! Thanks for sharing them. Cant wait to see if you liked any of the ones in Micjigan!

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