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Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Dave!I've been to Maine before. But not really. I crossed the border back in 2005 just so I could say that I've been here, but a quick hop to Kittery doesn't really qualify me to say that "I've seen Maine." So when my travel plans went as scheduled and I ended up with a free day, I figured I might as well jot out to the coast to see a few lighthouses and stuff.

Except I awoke to find that all of Maine was pouring rain and fog. I scoured the internet for lighthouse webcams, but all of them pretty much looked like this...

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The radar weather map looked a bit cleaner up north, so I started combing every webcam I could find up the Maine coast to see if there was anywhere with decent weather. After a long time of having no luck, I happened across a camera for "Pemaquid Point Light" (they don't call them "lighthouses" here). It was rainy, but not overly foggy. It was an hour-and-a-half drive through a torrential downpour, but oh well. Off I went.

The entire trip was pouring rain... right up until I got to the road that led down to the lighthouse...

But then... a miracle. As I was turning into the park, the rain just stopped. Still a bit overcast, but kinda clear. No need to wear a garbage bag after all!

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

Behind the lighthouse is a cool rock formation that funnels out to the ocean...

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

What's cool about this particular lighthouse is that you can climb up in it...

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

Inside the lightkeeper's house is a small museum...

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

By the time I was ready to leave, blue skies were starting to appear...

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

After asking for some advice as to another lighthouse I might try, I was told that a lot of people seem to head off to Marshall Point Light from here, so off I went. Surprise surprise, it started to rain again...

Rainy Maine Road Drive

It took a lot longer than I thought (Pemaquid Point and Marshall Point look so close on the map!), but it was a nice drive. Lucky me... the rain started to let up just as I pulled into the parking lot. Again...

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine

Wanting to buy a post card, I stepped into the gift shop for a minute. When I went back outside, the blue skies had followed me!

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine

The rocks here are really cool to look at...

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine

Overall, a very nice lighthouse with some beautiful scenery surrounding...

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine
Click the panorama to enbiggen.

While in the gift shop, I saw a map that showed another lighthouse that's publicly accessible not too far away. So off I went to Owl's Head Lighthouse... this drive in much nicer weather...

Owl's Head Lighthouse, Maine

Owl's Head Lighthouse, Maine

Owl's Head Lighthouse, Maine

Owl's Head Lighthouse, Maine

Poor Spot!

Owl's Head Lighthouse, Maine

And thus ended my exploration of Maine's coastal roads and lighthouses.

Interesting to note that the geography here makes everything much farther away than you'd think. Pemaquid Point and Marshall Point are not very far away from each other as the crow flies (about 13 miles). But to navigate there in a car is just over 50 miles and a 1 hour, 15 minute drive...

Google Map
Map courtesy of... who else... Google Maps!

Dinner was back in Portland at Flatbread Company, because I just couldn't help myself. The blueberry desserts are just too incredible. This time? Blueberry-Topped Poundcake...

Blueberry Poundcake

Hopefully tomorrow I'll get the chance to explore a bit more... but it's a work day, so fingers crossed.

Comments

  1. Marc says:

    What a beautiful area. Initially I thought that you had just visited the Portland Head Light which is depicted in a beautiful framed papercut that we have from an artist located in Boston.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/41918269/cliff-hand-cut-paper-art-18×24-custom

    But apparently the lighthouses in that area are quite similar… ;-)

    Enjoy your trip!

  2. Nicole says:

    We visited Maine in 2012 and went to Acadia National Park but didn’t see much thanks to the fog and rain. I love the lighthouses so it was a bit of a disappointment with the cruddy weather. Your photos come out so great! Did you use a camera or your phone for these? And what app do you use when you take photos on your iPhone, and do you post-process or just leave them as is from the camera?

    • Daver says:

      Unfortunately, I left my camera at homes. I would have loved to have had it for this trip, but I just didn’t have room. So, yep, these are indeed photos from my iPhone. The app I use is called “Faded” Can’t recommend it highly enough. VSCOcam is a close second.

      • Nicole says:

        I will definitely check out that app, thanks! I don’t care for the stock photo app but haven’t found anything else I like that much either. Do you apply filters or adjust the photos after taking them with the app? They look great (no obvious filters used) so I was curious because I’m not a fan of the majority of the photos my camera takes and I end up editing them in Photoshop before posting them for the most part. I have the 4S if that makes any difference.

  3. martymankins says:

    My only time in Maine was very much like your first visit… drove across the boarder to say I had been there. I stopped at the rest area and welcome/visitor center just before the toll turnpike to Kennebunkport. Some day, I need to explore the lighthouses and more.

    Great photos.

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