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Here we are safely back from a shortened trip to Maine (from Watertown, MA). We had planned on relocating later in the week in Bangor for a music festival. But with Irene coming we headed back south instead from Boothbay Harbor. We stayed four nights at a little hidden spot we'd discovered once before...Ship Ahoy on Southport Island (just over the draw bridge on Rt. 238). This motel has nice views of the harbor from all rooms...at exceptional prices! www.shipahoymotel.com This time our room was located in the rooms with private decks closer to the sea. Route 27 winds down from U.S. 1 and is mostly excellent blacktop until you get to Boothbay Harbor itself where you wind around on narrow streets through this touristy town. Not far beyond are several bridges and then just half a mile on Rt. 238. Distance from Watertown, MA, is 179 mi.

A stop on the way in Portland to tour the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Conducted tours are led by the Maine History Society next door. www.mainehistory.org Fortunately the sister of the famous poet lived in the house many years and it later was passed along ...so the furnishings are original. You can see where Longfellow looked out a window to a garden...and where after a troubling time in life he panned "into each life a little rain must fall." This is one of many well known lines. Lunch down the way in Monument Square...tasty Greek wrap at a place on Monument Square.

This was our first time here. Of course there's so much to do and see in Portland. Like sailing: www.portlandschooner.com, www.mainesailingadventures.net Or the museum of art which I know is great... www.portlandmuseum.org Or narrow gauge RR along Casco Bay: www.mngrr.org You've got some eating places to recommend I'm sure. www.visitportland.com Yes, along the way though choosing to go up U. S. 1 we passed up L. L. Bean and Ogunquit this time. Also Strawberry Banks in Portsmouth, NH.

Our Monday dinner was at Robinson's Wharf noted for their lobster meals with corn on the cob, slaw, ale. www.robinsons-wharf.com This is close to Ship Ahoy and a favorite just down 27 at the bridge from Boothbay Harbor. Now they have a fuller menu...they used to just have the fresh lobsters lifted right out of a pot. Delicious with butter for sure. Corn so-so. Seating out on a deck.

Tuesday began with a breakfast snack at a Ship Ahoy porch house overlooking the bay. See, you can get items each for 1$. We had frosted flakes with blueberries bought yesterday and a roll and coffee. Left berries for others. Objective today was a trip to the Edward Hopper exhibit at Bowdoin College at Brunswick. Traffic in the city was confusing as was locating the college art museum. But this is a must see collection of Maine paintings during various summers. Two rooms had a number of small oils that he did early on 1916-19, many never seen in his lifetime. Also watercolors from Monhegan Island were featured. And Portland and Rockland scenes. So we saw lighthouses, old buildings, seascapes, rocky shores with that bleakness and shadow effect so typical. But I didn't know about Hopper's more rural Maine scenes. Many in this special exhibit are on loan from museums all over. www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum. So if you can...see this! Lasts till Oct. 15. And is free. Bowdoin has music theatre...www.msmt.org

Added word here. We are a retired couple who focus more on art exhibits and sightseeing and food. No longer camping and hiking and canoing and such. Some might for example visit Monhegan Island itself for a puffin watch...www.hardyboat.com near Waldoboro. Land trust in Boothbay and Southport has many hiking trails: www.bbrlt.org For those who are more athletic I might mention some folks at Ship Ahoy and elsewhere were into kayaking and bicycling. We did enjoy just relaxing on the motel deck watching the lobster boats. Other railroad experiences in Maine: www.maineeasternrailroad.com in Brunswick or Bath. Or along rte. 24 is Boothbay Railroad Village. www.railwayvillage.org

More later.

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