Friday, June 26, 2009

Sun! Then more fog.

Yesterday we drove from Southwest Harbor to Camden after visiting the town of Castine, an observatory on top of a bridge, the town of Belfast, and the tiny village of Bayside. The sun came out a little as we left Mount Desert Island and the sky was blue once we got lunch in Castine.

Castine is a beautiful little town on the Blue Hill peninsula. A lot of the buildings are from the 1700s and it was just the perfect little town with flowering gardens in every yard. We stopped at the tiny farmers market, where we saw a baby sheep nibbling at flower petals on the porch of the church on the town green. It was probably the quaintest thing I've ever photographed!

We ate lunch on the dock at the town harbor. I had a mini lobster roll (very good) and Scott had a hot pink hot dog (with mustard, of course). After lunch we drove over to a little lighthouse that's now privately owned and then stopped by a giant field on purple lupines. This town was straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

After Castine, we went to the bridge observatory where we got our only clear view of the coastline so far. Then we kept on US 1 to Belfast, which was a very cool and artsy town with lots of interactive art and cool shops. We drove through Bayside after that, which has charming cottages on the hill leading down to the ocean.

Then we got to Camden. It's a picturesque town with a great harbor filled with lobster and sail boats. We got a little sun here but the views out to the ocean were, of course, fogged in. Our hotel room overlooks the river, which flows under several downtown buildings. It's one of the craziest things I've ever seen. There are window baskets everwhere here. Today we explored the area and had a foggy picnic at Camden Hills State Park.

Tomorrow we're off to Portland. Hopefully this fog will lift and we'll get some decent photos of the lighthouses along the way.

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