Saturday, May 28, 2011

A quick trip to the (slightly) foggy Maine coast

I wasn't feeling very well on Friday and the prospect of staying home on a hot humid day didn't excite me.  So Laurie and I decided to drive up to Kittery and then up the coastal road to Ogunquit.  From Kittery, the drive makes a nice "loop". 

The trick is to drive to Kittery Point, a bit south of the Kittery shopping district.  Then drive north along the shore to York Harbor, York Beach, Cape Neddick Lighthouse (Nubble Light), York Cliffs, Perkins Cove and finally Ogunquit.  Ogunquit was our northern point. We then turned south along Route 1 until we picked up the Maine turnpike in York.  Worth stopping at before entering the turnpike (exit 7) is Stonewall Kitchen, complete with a dining area serving fancy sandwiches and awesome looking deserts.

The return trip home from Ogunquit was 73 miles.  A very nice day trip if you add in some walking along the beach or scrambling on the rocks or a meal or two.

With me not wanting to be far from a box of Kleenex, we didn't get out of the car much. But just driving along the shore was very cooling and soothing.  There was a bit of fog and the wind was coming off the water.  Unlike at home where temperatures reached 90, we experienced mid-60s.  Very refreshing.  In one spot as we approached York it got to 59F.  Wonderful.

I didn't do a lot of camera work.  But here are are a few:
Cape Neddick Lighthouse is a classic view.  Here it is through a bit of fog.

On the way home we stopped at this country store for a sandwich, along Route 1 in Cape Neddick.  They made an excellent tuna, bacon and cheese melt.

I love a store with lots of coffee choices!  What do you think, Cakie?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

What a nice break in the weather

The forecast for today was a bit "iffy" as far as I recall.  But it has really turned our nicely.  A real bonus after a week of rain and dark clouds.  We even thought there'd be afternoon thunderstorms.  But it is 4pm and it looks like we might get through the day without rain.

Nothing more beautiful than puffy skies against a blue sky.  And I even had a chance to cut the grass... boy, did it need it!