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We woke up docked in Basseterre, Saint Kitts. Fun fact: Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest independent country in the western hemisphere (in both population and geography). It’s home to around 55,000 people. After breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe, we walked off the ship at around 9:30am and made our way down the pier to Port Zante. In planning the Caribbean cruise, we wanted one day on the islands to be… Read More

We were about to escape a week’s worth of Winter in Wisconsin on our Caribbean cruise. So why not expand it by two extra days by staying in Miami Beach? Sounded like a good plan to us! We penciled in one of those days as a beach day. After having breakfast, we headed over to Lummus Park in South Beach for a relaxing day of lounging and swimming. We rented two beach… Read More

What a different a day makes! After yesterday’s (see blog post) rain and fog, I awoke to blue skies and sunshine. Headed out the door at around 6:30am and drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Still breezy…but oh what a view! Next, I drove back to the part of the Park Loop Road that was still open (the remainder still closed due to sequestration) and did about a three hour hike… Read More

After waking up in Lubec, Maine (see blog post from yesterday), I got in my rental car and headed west on Maine Highway 189 until it joined US Highway 1 at Whiting. I was on my way to Acadia National Park (I had made my first visit in 2010)! The drive on US Highway 1 is supposed to be pretty, but mother nature had other plans. The whole coast was socked in… Read More

Started the morning in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Just finished a work conference there. My plan was to drive to Hopewell Rocks and then along the coast on my way back to Maine (I had flown into Bangor). Well…this morning the whole coast was socked in by fog and it was raining pretty steadily. So I went to plan B. I’m calling it: The Day I Crossed the US/Canada Border 5 Times…. Read More

The Portland Head Light is iconic New England. So much so that once when I was at the Red Lobster it was the cover photo on their menu. I had wanted to get some sunrise shots and decided today was the day. So I got up early and drove over from Manchester, New Hampshire. Located in Cape Elizabeth, near Portland, the lighthouse sits in Fort Williams Park. It was commissioned by President… Read More

Decided to get up early and take a drive along the southern Maine coast. Leaving Manchester, New Hampshire, I headed over to Interstate 95 which becomes the Maine Turnpike. I exited on to US Highway 1 and then took 1A through York Harbor, York Beach, and Cape Neddick. After that, I headed back to US Highway 1 until it came to Maine Highway 5 and that took me into Old Orchard Beach…. Read More

I had been itching to get to Acadia National Park in Maine. I decided that since I had a three-day weekend, I would make it happen! Because this was a bit of a last minute decision, I ended up staying in a hotel about an hour from the park: the Comfort Inn in Belfast, Maine — a nice place and every room had a view of Penobscot Bay. After checking into my… Read More

Camden, Maine is a picture perfect postcard town on US Highway 1. Just outside of town is Camden Hills State Park. Stopped in to do some hiking at the park. There’s also a road that leads to the top of Mount Battie which gives you great views of Camden and Penobscot Bay.

This morning I drove to cute Boothbay Harbor, a quintessential Maine seaside town. After that, I was off to Owls Head State Park to tour Owls Head Light. Both are great stops for a drive across coastal Maine.