Archive for May 11th, 2011

31: Maine

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Maine – the north-easternmost state in the U.S. – is sparsely-populated, rugged and beautiful. It also has a reputation for fickle weather; it was raining as I drove north from New Hampshire, but fortunately the weather had cleared (but remained cool and blustery) the next day. During my time in Maine, temperatures remained in the 50’s Fahrenheit (low-teens Celsius).

Augusta, on the Kennebec River

Maine State Capitol, Augusta

The highlight of my trip to Maine was a visit to the beautiful Acadia National Park on the state’s Atlantic coast. Maine is also famous for its lobsters, so while driving along the coast I made a point of stopping for a lunch of freshly-cooked lobster.

Lobsters in a tank at "Young's Lobster Pond", Belfast, Maine

One of them got freshly cooked for lunch!

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park was the farthest east point of my trip. On the coast, at its eastern edge, I was 2812 miles (4525 km) from my California home, ‘as the crow flies’. I had reached the far point of my trip. It was now time to start the long drive back home.

30: New Hampshire

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I passed briefly through coastal New Hampshire, en route to Maine. Because New Hampshire stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Canadian border, I’ll be passing through this state again in a day or so, as I return westward from Maine.

I stopped briefly in the town of Portsmouth, before crossing the Piscataqua River to enter Maine.

The Piscataqua River, near Portsmouth (with Maine across the river at left)

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard