Bill and Kit’s 2010 Fall Vacation Journal, Issue #1

Bill and Kit’s 2010 Fall Vacation Adventure

 Latitude: Wherever ••• Longitude: Who Cares

 

The Bill and Kit 2010 Fall Vacation-Issue #1

 Disclaimer-We are keeping a travel journal for our enjoyment in later years and to share our life on the road with family and friends. If this is of no interest to you please feel free to delete without reading. You will not hurt our feelings. We are giving these travel notes wide distribution so we do not inadvertently leave anyone out. Also please feel free to forward these journals on as you wish.

 Monday, October 04, 2010: Yep…..the crazy kids are at it again; off on an adventure that has no specific destination, no specific timetable, no specific agenda and very little prior planning.

 Left the driveway at 1030 and headed up US Highway One toward Downeast Maine and points beyond. Our original intention was to head northwest into Canada, navigate around the Great Lakes and drop down into Minnesota by way of Duluth. Since most of our plans are, in reality, just something to deviate from we felt perfectly OK with heading in the exact opposite direction. Besides they are already experiencing “freeze warnings” in Min-a-so-ta.

So about that title…..why would a couple of retirees need a vacation anyway? Funny you should ask; being retired isn’t all fun and games, well actually it is but it is also a lot of work. So even retirees have to get out of the daily grind and recharge their batteries. And remember our batteries are not nearly as efficient as they used to be. At our age we contain a lot of lead and acid and not the new fangled lithium.

We decided to head up the coast or as Maine folks phrase it “upta downeast”. Why is it called downeast if it lies up to the northeast? Well it has something to do with the prevailing winds during the days of sailing commerce. The merchant schooners would sail downwind traveling northeast up the coast of Maine…..they sailed downeast.

So off we went up US-1 through Bath, Wiscasset, Newcastle, and Waldoboro. At this point we took the US-90 shortcut through Warren to Rockport. Back on US-1 we traveled through Camden and Lincolnville Beach where we took our first break. Back under way we moved through Ducktrap, Northport and Belfast where we stopped at The Hannaford. After filling our cupboards we once again headed north on US-1 through Searsport, Stockton Springs, Bucksport and Ellsworth where we moved to US-180 north around Graham Lake to US-9 (Better known as the Airline…..not sure why it’s called that but I bet Randy will know). Traveled US-9 East where we turned North again on Great Pond Road. After 7 miles of backwoods travel we arrived around 1500 at Great Pond Outdoor Recreation Center, a military R&R facility.

This was a travel day to get to where our vacation really starts. We didn’t do any sightseeing today as the coast of Maine from Bath to Bar Harbor has been heavily explored by us over the years. Beyond that point however we rarely venture…..this trip is to rectify that.

Campground was mostly empty so we had our pick of sites. Decided on Site #12 as it was private and right across the road from the lake.

 

 

 As you may be able to tell the leaves are beginning to change in these parts. Some of them are in the middle of that change such as the Maple leaves below.

 

 Now a question for our nature wiz friends. And for our other friends as well…..you know…..the ones who don’t wiz in nature. Here it is; how can you tell from the photo above if this is a shot taken in the fall when the leaves turn from green to red or…..was the photo taken in the spring when they turn from red back to green?

 Say goodnight, Bill.

 Tuesday, October 5, 2010: Decided to explore the coast of Maine above Ellsworth today. The weather was clear and mild….a perfect Indian Summer day in Maine. We headed toward Winter Harbor and Schoodic Point. Coming to a nice view of a harbor with a lighthouse in the distance we stopped to take a photo.

  As we stood enjoying the scenery another couple drove up to do the same. In taking to Skip and Jo we discovered they were retired Navy as well and the guy had the same job that I did. In fact it is likely our path’s crossed at some point. They are full time RV’r traveling in a 40 foot fifth wheel hauled by a Freightliner truck. The car they were driving is stored on the Freightliner when they are traveling. We exchanged contact information with them and hope to connect up in Arizona next winter…..after all there are lots of “sea stories” that are waiting to be told.

Back unerway and rounding a bend in the road we came upon this interesting sight.

 

And you thought sardines were small…..not in Maine they’re not! The fisherman’s no shrimp either. Sorry about the seafood metaphor.

 We also noticed a number of cemeteries right along the coast overlooking the ocean. These folks sure know how to honor their dead. Folks who probably couldn’t afford a place with an ocean view during their lifetime now enjoy this multi-million dollar view for eternity…..go figure?!?!

 On Schoodic Point lies the “other” Acadia National Park. It is wilder than and not as touristy as the main park over on Mount Dessert Island and some believe this side is much nicer.

Enjoyed walking among the rocks and peeking into the tide pools. Also had to dodge a few low flying and well fed seagulls.

Stopped for lunch at a nice little café in Winter Harbor and walked the two block downtown area. Noticed an older fellow with a Navy ball cap so, of course I had to investigate. Come to find out he was one of the last Commanding Officers of the local Navy Communication Station before it closed in 2002. He was an interesting gentleman and I learned quite a bit about the area from him.

Leaving Schoodic Point we journeyed east to Jonesport and Beals Island. Both are authentic Downeast fishing villages and neither looked to be set up to attract very many tourists. Most likely the way Southern Maine used to be. The following photo shows Jonesport as viewed from Beals.

 

Leaving Jonesport we came upon the National Sardine Museum.

 

It had already closed but did notice that befitting the collection the building was quite small……but I bet they could pack 500 tourists in the thing.

  Returning to Great Pond we passed through the village of Cherryfield, The Blueberry Capital of the World. Not sure why the towns not called Blueberryfield…..Randy can you field this one as well?

The village was surrounded by Blueberry Barrens most of which belonged to some guy by the name of Wyman. Interspersed amongst the mile after mile of fields were large storage barns with hundreds of small migrant worker cottages in back. Not much going on in the fields this time of year but I bet a few months ago this place was hopping.

Here is a picture of a typical blueberry field.

  Traveling back to camp up Great Pond Road a large bird swooped down from behind us and flew about 20 feet in front of the windshield before veering off. The white tail and white head of an American Bald Eagle was unmistakable. It was an exciting sight, even more so in that it was Kit’s first eagle sighting. A perfect end to a perfect day.

 Tomorrow we head for Canada….eh.

 Kit’s Corner: So far, the trip has gone well. We had seen Schoodic Point many years ago but it was nice to see it again. We always wanted to check out Great Pond, formerly Dow Pines. It’s a very nice campground with a great lodge to hang out in. The park is actually open year round. The highlight of the day was seeing the Bald Eagle! It was huge and just a few short feet in front of the truck. The second best thing of the day was meeting Skip & Jo, the full timers. They have a place in Quartzite, AZ. We hope to see them again after the holidays.

Love, Dad/Bill/Poppy and Mom/Kit/Guma

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5 thoughts on “Bill and Kit’s 2010 Fall Vacation Journal, Issue #1

  1. Hi Bill & Kit,
    Loved reading about your lst day adventure “Downeast” Maine. If you had gone through Addison you would have been a “stones throw” from our house at 38 West Side Road, overlooking the Pleasant River. Sorry to have missed you. We’ll be there next weekend! You found the Sardine Museum in Jonesport but missed the best kept secret down the road from there, The Maine Central Model Railroad. An unbelieveable collection of HO gauge trains setup and operated by Buz & Helen Beal since 1988. The current design was begun in 1993 and is till evolving.
    Hope you can venture Downeast again next year and meet Buz & Helen! Safe travels and keep the adventure stories coming.
    Best, Stan & Jane

    • We did roll through Addision on Monday. Nice little village. Thanks for the lead on the HO Train museum…..it’s now on our bucket list.

  2. Hey Kitty Kat…(and Billy) The LightHouse is called “Gull Cottage”. Frank and I stayed there 4 times. It belonged to the Navy, don’t know if it still does. Frank would call like the first Monday of the month and put his name on the list. What a beautiful cottage! 2 bed roms andd a full bath upstairs and lg. livingroom, and kitchen and dinning area downstairs. When we went, it was $16.oo per night. We went 3 times in summer, once in winter. Beautiful!!!

    Guess what? Found a great new wine! Little Black Dress !!! Awsome! Thank you… So nice you came.

  3. You’re bringing back memories for me…Beach Cliff Sardines was owned by a friend of our (Ralph Stevens) who has now passed away, and just a little aside…he gave a Beech Cliff lapel pin to an elderly friend (also passed away) named Cliff.
    In the pic looking from Beals to Jonesport I believe the red house that looks like it has an antenna growing out of it belongs to Dwight and Lynn Alley. Lynn is daughter of Dick & Patty Clockedile Carver… Patty is Sterlin’s cousin and their house is to the left when you get across the bridge to Beals. It’s light green with a turret and by the big wharf.
    Kit, I remember Debbie Kipp talking about camping at Dow Pines.
    I hope to get to Quartzite while we are in AZ…but that will be in Dec. before you get there. Have fun, Guys!!

  4. Bill and Kit,

    Glad to see you are enjoying Canada. I’m a little late with the response but the airline is named so because back in the days of Dow Airforce Base the road had ALOT of logging trucks running east and west on the airline. The jets used to use the trucks head lights as a navigation aid to return to base. (You have to remember this is the 1950-60’s). Thus, it was named the airline

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