|Ah the coast...it felt great to get back by the ocean after running inland for so long|
|The Lotus Elise...fabulous!!|
|If the US is ever attacked they have no shortage of weapons on hand. I secretly believe that every Legion has a working vehicle or weapon that's at the ready for the inevitable invasion or controllable civic uprising|
|Awesome food truck! I didn't eat there but it's apparent that if you are going to have a food truck, putting time into getting something cool and unique is as important as having good food to serve.|
|Drove by Herbs in Kennebuk, Maine ... Root Beer...Lobster rolls...commence drooling!! I tried to drive to the nearest park but ended up at a motel lot dining in the van. So good....so right|
|Action shot...and to show that at 2 weeks you can't see a single hair on my cheeks|
My food budget exists entirely for lobster rolls, all other necessities are being put on hold....at $5.50 to 12.00...it's just wrecked. hahaha...and I love it!!
The funny thing about something as marvellous as lobster coming from the prairies is that you hear the other side of the story when you get to the coast. Like the fact that you could always tell a poor fisherman's kids back in the day because they always had lobster for lunch instead of peanut butter. They also used to feed lobster to the inmates because there was so much of it. I'm a huge fan of lobster but if it was an endless life of lobster dinner and iron bars I may begin to dislike it...a little.
|Drove by this waterpark...wild looking stuff. I tried to get a shot of someone coming out of the tube but wasn't able to time it right. You spin right through the vortex there pulling a full 360 on the slide|
|Rockland, Maine (my pics saved out of order, not sure where this is actually) Cloudy morning but a great day for reading. Grr to crap on your camera lens|
|As the fog lifted I found a different vantage point. Seems that they have a sizable river that runs right under the main street in town and down this granite path towards the sea!|
|There were a bunch of signs painted like this. For the record...I fully support public vandalism like this|
|Feet on the beach!! (one of the many beaches along the coast)|
|The one place I should have stopped but didn't.It looked so cool but I missed the turn and quite frankly I was cruising and loving it, decided not to turn around...got to ellsworth and marked another thing that I will be back for|
|The ultimate way to travel when on the ocean|
The next morning after having an encounter with a couple of road rats that had been on four wheels for the last 10 years straight, their current vehicle being a chevy Astro. It was neat to talk to them as the guy had been to a bunch of rainbow gatherings and earlier in the year I had considered attending the national gathering in Cherokee national park. After talking with him (rainbow name - Wild Turkey) and also the info I gathered from Nick (Pagan) I'm happy that I didn't go. It sounds like it has morphed into something that isn't as pure as it should be and hanging out with 30000 dirty hippies for a week needs to be a pure thing :)
|Lamoine State Park while deciding what to do about Acadia being so busy. Turns out that wild blueberry pancakes are delicious anytime but by the ocean X5|
|Wild Blueberry Fest!|
So when I woke up I thought about trying the park again but then thought not...and headed towards the nearest state park Lamoine State Park. I have to thank the person who ran the kayaking business as I used their address to say that I was a Maine local and got 2 nights for $14 each instead of $25 for a non-resident. I should have been doing that for my entire trip but I didn't actually think about it until then....funny how that works.
Lamoine is great, sites are a bit weird but the view from the beachwall, the access to Lamoine State Park Beach (1 mile down the road)...couple that with the weather and I was in heaven for a few days. I started reading a new book that ties in to my other reads during this leg of the journey. It's a book called The Slave Ship- A Human History. It's about the most impactful book on the slave trade I've read during my trip as it doesn't focus on what happened once they (slaves) got the North America or barbados or Liverpool...it focuses on getting them there and how there was a whole side of the equation that whether you were pro or con slavery you were unaware of or if not unaware. uninformed due to a lack of any attention being placed on it. I highly recommend it as a read.
|Add some bacon...X10|
|On the beach wall in Lamoine State Park - low tide|
|High tide - same wall|
|The wall, the sun, the oak tree, the fresh fruit, a lobster roll in my dreams (I was camping and ate two the day before)|
|Here's my lobster roll alternative ;) cheese, bacon and tomato...oh yeah|
|Here SD...here SD.... (part of the world wide Seagulls Against Satay or S.A.S) (a friend in calgary who is apparently scared of the deadly gull and every other winged creature in her midst)|
|every sunset by the ocean is fabulous....|
|Telling fish tales|
|Acadia National Park at the Seawall campground. The rock formations here were amazing. I was happy enough to get a campsite after showing up a few days earlier and finding a zero vacancy throughout the entire park.|
|I will be taking my scuba ticket sooner than later...I want to see more of this even deeper|
I was smiling like hell when I rolled out of Lamoine and the smile continued as I rolled into Seawall Campground, got a fantastic spot and registered it for 5 days ;) First night was a sunset unlike any other that I've had during my trip and it promised to be a great visit with America's second most popular state park.
|Maine seemed to be the state of caterpillars...here is a curious one checking out my shoes on his journey across the campsite|