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Carol and I have just returned from a brief trip to Maine, where we visited our good friends, Jay and Claire. It was our first trip to Maine in many years. Although we had forgotten the allure of Maine, the bond with Jay and Claire has always been strong, and that is what drew us back.
|Lunch (with a local specialty - lobster roll) with our good friends, Jay and Claire|
|Our New Friend, Penny|
|Our view at lunch at the Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport|
We spent three days with Jay and Claire at their lovely, recently restored home in Kennebunk before we all moved up the coast for three days in Booth Bay Harbor.
|19th Century Headstone, Hope Cemetery|
|What remains of Wiggins Pond|
|The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens|
|Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Boothbay Harbor|
Another highlight of our time in Boothbay Harbor was a ferry ride to Monhegan Island, ten miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. The sparsely populated island holds art galleries, craft shops, a light house, a historical/cultural museum, two hotels and, the purpose of our visit, miles of hiking trails.
|Residence, Monhegan Island|
|Lobster fisherman's gear|
|Retired Lobster Buoys|
|Hiking on Monhegan Island|
After a long time away from Maine, we have it back in our thoughts. Mt. Desert Island, with Acadia National Park, holds an important spot in our memories. We spent two summers there when Paul and Ellen were very young. We want to return to take in its beauty, see sunrise from the summit of Cadillac Mountain, hike some of the island's many trails, have dinner at the historic Claremont (where I tended bar long ago) and stick our toes in the chilly Atlantic.
That's it for this time. May your travels be safe and filled with adventure.