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Trip Report Maine trip report

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In mid-July, I spent 8 days in Maine and a couple enroute. A report of that trip follows. First, I have to warn you that I do not travel like many people. I am a collector of experiences and much prefer seeing new sights and new areas than staying in one place and immersing myself in that. This trip was no exception. If you would like to see some photos from this trip, they can be found at http://www.worldisround.com/articles/366292/index.html.

I flew out of Las Vegas to Boston on Jet Blue and, as usual, it was a pleasant trip with no delays and no dramatics. The only drawback was going through Boston. With all due respect to the people who live there, I hate Logan Airport and its surroundings. On a previous trip, admittedly on Easter Sunday, it took me a full two hours to get off the airport grounds after I got my rental car because of the extremely heavy traffic on the off-airport streets. This time was not as bad but, the traffic was still heavy, even arriving after 9:00 PM. Coming back in mid-afternoon of a week day, it was much worse.

The next day I headed north along the coast from Kittery to Portland. Along the way, I stopped for lunch (lobster rolls, of course) in Dunston. While eating, I read that a nearby marsh had been visited by a Little Egret the week before. This was noteworthy since this species had never before been identified in Maine. I am an avid wildlife photographer so I spent a couple of hours hiking in the marsh but never did see that bird. I saw lots of other egrets and some herons as well as some other common species and got a keeper picture or two.

In Portland, like Bar Harbor later, the town was jammed. I had intended to take a mail boat tour of Casco Harbor but was not able to find a parking space anywhere in the waterfront area. Even the large municipal parking garage was full. So, I headed inland and further north to my base of operations in Bangor.

I love seafood and ate lobster almost every day, sometimes twice. There is something decadent about having rich lobster rolls for lunch and then a sweet, whole lobster with all the trimmings for supper. Color me decadent! For the most part, I ate at lobster pounds and cafes and they were all good but not worth singling out. The exception was the Muddy Rudder, in Brewer across the river from Bangor. I had a crab-stuffed lobster there that was as good as any I’ve ever eaten anywhere. It was pricey but worth it.

The rest of my trip consisted of tours of various parts of Maine from Bangor and they will be described in the sections of this report that follow.

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