September 14, 2019 – Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Cape Neddick “Nubble”.  Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse is located in Cape Neddick, York, Maine.  It is on Nubble Island off of Cape Neddick point.  It was initially put into use in 1879, and continues to be a working lighthouse.  The area is popular for visitors, and even has a small gift shop and restrooms (available in season).

We had a perfect Adventure to the Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse.  We have been to the Nubble Lighthouse many times previously, but it really is quite spectacular, so I decided to blog about it again.  We arrived to find huge gust of winds, an incoming tide, and an abundance of crashing waves, a gorgeous scene.  Upon wandering around, we soon found some scuba divers performing a practice exercise.  Wilma was quite intrigued by the divers, unsure of the scene.  We observed for a bit before moving on, climbing on the rocks, and loving every moment.  There were flowers between the rocks, and in the grass, bright yellows, pinks, and whites, just lovely.  We explored, and explored, cherishing the full coastal experience.  Shadow especially loved his rolls, and often searched for a tidal pool, hoping for a sip and dip.  Wilma was quite wild at this location, energized by the rocks, and guest attention.  Thankfully I manged to stay on my feet in Wilma’s exuberance.  After wandering around for awhile we sat in the grass to relax and savor our wonderful afternoon.

Before we left Nubble Lighthouse I decided to check out the food at Fox’s Lobster House, located on the property.  I was quite thankful to see an outdoor window.  The menu appeared a bit pricey so a good excuse to order myself an ice cream, and a “puppy pop” for Shadow and Wilma.  Although there was a seating area the location was very busy with guests so I felt it ideal to find a rock and a grassy spot to savor our treats.  Our timing was not ideal as it began pouring!  Shadow quickly began eating his “pop” while Wilma wanted nothing to do with the rain.  So I attempted to eat my ice cream, and next thing I knew Shadow’s had vanished.  I searched the crannies of the nearby rocks and was unable to locate the “pop”.  Shadow decided to go for seconds, grabbing Wilma’s bowl.  I somehow was able to rescue it for Wilma and we scurried back to the car.  I felt badly I could not locate Shadow’s dish, and thought for a quick moment – did he eat that too?!  Wilma was able to eat her “pop” in the car but seemed to have lost interest.

The Nubble Lighthouse is a special place.  The only downfall is the large tourist draw, buses even arriving and dropping off guests.  However, we had a magnificent visit to the Nubble Lighthouse, a quintessential New England landmark  (Rating:  4.5)

Please see below for photos and videos from today’s visit, and at the bottom I included several from previous visits, including with our love Buster

 

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September 14, 2019 -Ellis Park/Ellis Short Sands Park – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Ellis Park in York Beach, Maine.  Ellis Park is adjacent to Short Sands Beach.  It contains a basketball court, a playground, and is a popular location for summer concerts, and locals.  The Park is owned by the Town of York and managed by the Trustees.

We had a short Adventure to the Ellis Shorts Sands’ Park on a dark and dreary day.  I had noticed the Park in the past but do not believe we ever have explored it.  There was a fee to park based on the expected time.  The word “Park” did not seem to fit the location as it was really just a big square with a gazebo in the center, appearing more like a town common.  However, we sauntered around the park as I worked hard to notice little details of appreciation.  Shadow and Wilma relished their happy grass rolls, and as always were enthused to explore a new place, never a complaints from these amazing two!  There were benches around the park, and flowers, many past season.  My favorite part of the Ellis Short Sands Park was walking above the beach.  The tide was in, and the waves a rough, a beautiful scene.  I was disappointed that dogs were not allowed on the beach, but was pleased we could walk nearby.  There were few people on the beach on this windy and drizzly day.  Although I was quite unimpressed with this Park, the coastal border made it just right (Rating:  3).

 

September 14, 2019 – Old York Historical Society Buildings – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Old York Museum Center and surrounding historical buildings in York, Maine.  This early English settlement was one of the first colonies.  The buildings are open to the public and include lovely architecture, artwork, and artifacts.  There are tours, programs and events, and nine historic buildings to explore.

We had a simple Adventure to the Old York Historical Society Buildings on a dreary, dark day.  I debated writing and posting this blog as dogs were not allowed inside the building, which only provided a limited visit.  However, it a great historic location which others may not know about so here I go….

We began our Adventure at the Museum Center.  From the door of the Center we began our journey hopping from building to building.  The structures appeared historic, yet modern and unique.  Without a map we walked from building to building attempting not to miss one.  We also spotted a graveyard in the middle of our walk around the property.  Our Adventure to the Old Historical Society Buildings was short as we could only walk around and near them, and besides the actual buildings there were very few outdoor artifacts.  Still Glad we were able to explore this location, something many might not expect to find in coastal Maine (This location will not be rated as the site was not thoroughly explored).

 

 

 

April 29, 2019 – Owls Head State Park and Owls Head Light – Maine

Although my goal is to post our Adventures  the same day, or following day, I failed to reach that goal for this blog.  However, I still am excited to share this Adventure.

On Monday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Owls Head State Park, which hosts the Owls Head Lighthouse in Owls Head, Maine.  The Lighthouse was built in 1825 is located high above the Penobscot Bay.   There are two beaches in the Park, one with views of the Bay, and the other with views of Rockland.

We had a scenic Adventure to Owls Head State Park and the Owls Head Lighthouse on a beautiful sunny day.  This was our last official Adventure of our weekend in Maine.  Upon arrival we wandered over to the picnic area to find lovely views framed by a narrow beach.  We decided to wander down the path to the right to the Owls Head Lighthouse.  It was a tranquil spot, with several look-outs along the way.  It did not take long to arrive at the Lighthouse.  We were delighted to have the area all to ourselves slowly weaving up the ramp, and stairs to arrive directly underneath the Lighthouse.  Owls Lighthouse is a unique lighthouse area providing sweeping views.  After spending some time enjoy the picturesque location we headed back to the picnic area.

From there we ventured down the trail to the left, not quite sure what to expect.  Another short trail which ended at a small beach.  The beach was quite rocky, but provided some sand areas in between the numerous rocks.  There were small cliff-like rocks adorned with evergreens.  After exploring for a bit we sat and enjoyed the ocean breeze, Shadow rolling, and napping, while Wilma took part in some digging fun.  A wonderful place to relax on a gorgeous day.

Our last stop at the Park was the Beach area, immediately adjacent to the parking lot.  Yet another rocky beach making for some unpredictable footing.  However that did not stop us from strolling around briefly to survey the area, and snap some photographs.  Such a lovely Park, and Lighthouse in Owls Head.  We are so glad we could explore this special area on our Adventure (Rating:  4).

April 28, 2019 – Schooner Head Overlook – Maine

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Schooner Neck Point in Mount Desert Island Maine.  Schooner Neck Point is not technically part of Acadia National Park.  It provides views to the East and of the Frenchman Bay.

We had a peaceful Adventure to Schooner Neck on a sunny afternoon.  I was exhilarated to arrive at the parking lot and find no cars, maybe a hidden spot??  We got out of the car and immediately saw a lovely water view from afar, a trail to our right.  Unknown as to where the trail would lead we sauntered along the path weaving down and around in and in and out of the trees.  It did not take us long to arrive at a spectacular view from the rocks.  The beautiful color of the sea, rocks, and crashing waves at yet another wonderful oasis.  We checked out the view and walked for a bit finding a quiet spot in the grass to relax.  Shadow took a true nap while Wilma chewed on anything she could find.  It was so nice to find ourselves alone in nature, with a grassy spot to sit, isolated from the world.  Just what we needed as we took some time to treasure our amazing day in Mount Desert Island (Rating:  3).

April 28, 2019 – Jordan Pond – Maine

Yesterday we Adventured to Jordan Pond located in the Acadia National Park in Maine.  Jordan Pond was formed by the Wisconsin Ice Sheet during the last glacial period.  It has mountains to the west and northeast.  The loop trail around the pond is less than four miles long, and is mostly flat.  Jordan Pond is also known for the Jordan Pond House Restaurant that is open in-season, and includes outdoor seating on the lawn.

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Jordan Pond.  This was our second Adventure to Jordan Pond as we had been there previously with Shadow, Buster, and My Mom.  I debated on this blog as I usually do not post twice on a place I have blogged about previously.  However, my previous Adventure was one of the most amazing ones we have experienced, and definitely rated 5!  So I thought in this case I would add a short little blog and share some photographs from yesterday.

We had a shorter visit to Jordan Pond yesterday, as we did not traverse the GORGEOUS trail around the Pond.  We enjoyed strolling around the trails, and the appreciating the beauty of the Pond in complete silence.  It was fun to see Jordan pond empty from visitors, and in a different time of year.  The early spring season has created brown grass, which added some unique color to the landscape.  The Pond is spectacular framed with the Bubble Mountains, so round and perfect.  My dark cell phone photographs do not even almost give this area the credit it deserves, but still wanted to share a magnificent spot to visit in Acadia National Park.  Definitely a must see stop (Rating:  5).

(You can read my initial blog on Jordan Pond by typing “Jordan Pond” in the “search box”.  On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.  You might see it in the midst of some outside advertisements.)

 

ly shaped.  We 100% will be back to visit and to hike around the Pond again (Rating:  5)

 

 

 

April 28, 2019 – Thunder Hole – Maine

Yesterday we Adventured to Thunder Hole in Bar Harbor, part of the Acadia National Park in Maine.  Thunder Hole is a popular location where the ocean waters crash into the rocky shore.  The Hole is an inlet that occurred naturally, causing the water to sometimes shoot up to forty feet in the air.  There is a small cavern under the water that intensifies the experience.  A Thunder sound is often heard, leading to the name.  A fenced viewing zone is in place, creating an up close experience.

Yesterday we had a thundering Adventure to Thunder Hole in Maine.  This was our second visit to Thunder Hole as Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I had visited previously.  On our first visit it was warmer, greener, and foggy, while today bright, cool, and sunny.  We were pleased to see less visitors to this spot today, although still an overly popular area.  Upon arrival we noticed that the area directly next to the “Hole” was closed due to unsafe conditions.  This was a little disappointing, although we were still able to get pretty close to listen to the loud thundering sound and watch the waves.  On some days the water splashed high above and into the viewing area, however it appeared a bit calmer today.  We found a spot a little above the “Hole” to watch, before walking along the rocks.  Due to the recent torrents of rain some of the rocks appeared to be little brooks, flashing me back to our mountain Adventures.  Shadow and Wilma sure did enjoy this added bonus with fresh water drinks.  We wandered through these streams before finding a quiet area with a little cool cave and shade to sit and relax.  Shadow enjoyed the comfort of the cave, and laying in the sun, while Wilma stood watching every movement of all things short and small.  The shore view was gorgeous, the water perfectly blue, and the waves crashing in sound.  The rocks in this area tend to be more square in shape then circular, and brown in color, creating unique tones to this spot.  It was nice to feel the sun on this spring day, almost too sunny for great photographs.  We relaxed for a some time before heading off to our next Adventure.  I will include some photographs from both of our visits, and two videos from our visit yesterday.  And although I do not prefer tourist types of natural attractions, Thunder Hole is definitely worth your visit (Rating:  3).