Do you miss me too?

Our final day in America today. We had a bit of a drive ahead of us. Our flight wasn’t until 11:15pm, leaving from Boston, so we had the best part of the day to travel from Rockland to Boston and explore a bit more.

After breakfast we said goodbye to Rockland and headed off.

First stop was Bath. Where we stopped for a quick snack of the leftover cheese and meats we bought yesterday.

Next stop, Portland. We had originally planned to stay in Portland on this trip but it was just far too crazy expensive. We had a quick look around, bought some CD’s from an awesome music shop and enjoyed a very strong coffee before heading off again.

Next stop: Kennebunkport. Mission: to eat one last lobster roll. It was really busy when we got there, but we managed to find parking (I’m not sure if we have just been lucky, but we have not had any trouble with parking on this whole trip). The Clam Shack was our lunch destination. There was a large queue, but hey, when there are lobster rolls at the end, it’s worth lining up. The rolls were good and had loads of lobster meat in them – apparently an entire 1 pound lobster. 

Lunch sadly over, we went for a wander around the town.

And stopped for some mini donuts.

And icecream.

A friendly lady took this photo for us.

Then it was back on the road, and before we knew it we were exiting Maine.

A very quick stop in Portsmouth, Vermont followed by more driving and a not very exciting stop in Salem (although we did see another lighthouse)…

And it was on to Logan International Airport in Boston to check in for our long flight home.

 ‘Merica it’s been great, lets do it all again some time soon. Miss you already.

Maybe the sun will shine today, the clouds will blow away

Our last full day in Rockland and America began with waffles. Waffles that Blainie made herself with the waffle making machine at the breakfast buffet. 

And of course they had to be eaten with syrup and bacon. Disappointingly the syrup was not real Maine maple syrup, just pretend stuff.

After breakfast we explored the shops in Rockland for a bit. There are a lot of art galleries and a cool looking Museum of Modern Art that we didn’t go to.

Then we went to State of Maine Cheese Company to pick up some lunch essentials. Seems everyone in the area had the same idea. We had to fight for our spot in the queue amongst many well-to-do ladies who were buying snacks to “eat on the boat”. Meats and cheeses (finally) acquired, we went eat them at some nearby picnic benches near the water. The cheese curds were the best. The last time we ate cheese curds was in Seattle in 2009. Why oh why can you not buy cheese curds in Australia??

Then we headed off to Mount Battie in nearby Camden. We drove up the mountain and explored a bit. Note: this mountain wasn’t nearly as high or scary as Mount Cadillac that we drove up yesterday. But it was still cool.

Coffees at a nearby coffee roasters. Possibly the best cafe ever. We sat out on the porch on rocking chairs. No one else was there except us.

Then a quick trip further up the road to Lincolnville to check out the Lobster Pound situation. Lovely little town, but we decided against coming back for dinner. Wandered along the pebbly beach a bi.

Note: the seagulls here are MASSIVE. Next up, a trip to the lighthouse in Thomaston.

We were almost out of fuel. Steve tried unsuccessfully to get some out of this pump randomly situated outside a store.

For dinner, well, we just HAD to go back to Claws for our last dinner in Maine. Blainie HAD to get the lobster dinner again and Steve HAD to get the Lobster Mac n Cheese again. So very delicious. Oh and a bottle of Lobster ale for Blainie and a Vacation size cup of wine for Steve.

Dinner views.

Goodbye Claws.

After dinner we thought we would see if we get to quickly see the lighthouse in Rockland. We managed to get there just on sunset. We didn’t actually make it all the way out to the lighthouse because it was a little far, and to be honest a little scary. Yep, it’s pretty ugly around here 😜

And thus ended our last night in the US of A.

Either Way

We got up early-ish today, and after a good hotel buffet breakfast we set out for Acadia National Park. It is a bit of a drive away, but it was on our lists of must do’s.

About 3/4 of the way there, we came across a really large bridge – Penobscot Narrows Bridge, that we had to cross. We decided to stop to take some photos and discovered that you could actually get up in to the observatory. 

See those little windows up the top there? Well, that’s where the observatory is. Not being ones to miss an opportunity like this, we decided we needed to go up there. It was only like 6 dollars and included admission to nearby Fort Knox (which we sadly didn’t get the time to check out)

It was pretty high. But we got a really cool view of the bay and mountains off in the distance.

Viewing done, we headed onwards towards Acadia National Park. After a slight detour due to a Nav Man malfunction, we made it to the park. Unfortunately the weather had turned a bit and it was raining a bit. The park is HUUUGE and has a very large amount of hiking trails. As it was raining, we chose to drive around the loop road that goes around about one quarter of the park, and stop and see anything that looked good. One of our first destinations was Cadillac Mountain. Yes, lets drive up a mountain we say, excitedly. Then about halfway up we realise it’s slightly terrifying and incredibly high. Spectacular views though, although I don’t think we quite made it to the summit.

Also, luckily we carted all our warmer clothes around for this whole trip, because they actually came in handy here. It was quite cold.

Mountain successfully descended we continued around the loop road. We saw lots of nature and nice views of mountains and oceans. We also saw a snake and some other thing running in the bushes. Don’t know what that was.

We spent a few hours at Acadia which was nowhere near long enough. You could probably spend your whole life exploring it and not see it all. We needed lunch so headed to nearby Bar Harbor to see what they had to offer. We found a place that served lobster, so that was good.

We wandered around Bar Harbor a bit after lunch but it was really busy. We hightailed it out of there and headed back to Rockland. That took a couple of hours, so by the time we got back it was dinner time. We went back to Claws and had a lobster each for dinner. And some delicious scallops. Best.

Airline to (Lobster) Heaven

Packed up and headed off to Atlanta airport this morning. We had a good time in Atlanta, good food, good people and very hot weather. 

Here’s a photo of the upstairs part of our accommodation.

Then, before we knew it we were on a plane bound for Portland, Maine. We had just started to taxi out to the runway, when it was discovered one of the seats on the plane was broken and it was policy that they could not fly with the seat like that. So we had to wait while a technician came and fixed it. Luckily it didn’t take to long, and everyone gave him a cheer and a round of applause when he was done. The flight to Portland was quick and smooth and we had an amazing view of the harbour when we came in to Portland.

By the time we got in and picked up our hire car we were starving hungry. As we were going to be driving up to Rockland (about a 2 hour drive) we decided to get lunch in Portland first. So….what to have for a meal when you are in Maine? Well, Maine lobster of course! A quick search of the Internet and a look through a magazine we picked up in Boston (which had a Maine lobster special article in it) we discovered a place called The Lobster Shack at Two Lights which wasn’t too far away and sounded good. When we got there, the car park was very busy, we managed to snag a spot, before going up the stairs towards the restaurant to see a VERY VERY long line of people waiting to order. We joined the queue, because, well, lobster.

The place was right on the coast, so it was no surprise that it was busy. It actually didn’t take all that long in the end. We ordered a lobster roll each and some fried clams. We sat inside because it was too cold and windy outside! Bit of a change from Atlanta.

The food was so good. Steve had blueberry pie too.

The view from the lobster shack.

Then we drove on to Rockland, which is a small fishing town. It was already early evening by the time we checked in, and most things in the town were already closed. We had a bit of a wander around the place.

By now it was dinner time. Hmmmmm…what to eat for dinner in Rockland, Maine…yep, you guessed it – lobster! We found a great place within walking distance from our accommodation called Claws. Blainie ordered the Lobster dinner featuring a whole lobster, corn and coleslaw. Steve got the Lobster Mac and Cheese. These meals were the best ever. Also the Lobster Ale Blainie had was delicious too.

And thus ends day one of Lobsterpalooza.