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Maine Vacation: More Island Hopping, Red’s Eats, Another Lighthouse and More Ice Cream

We got up shortly before 6:00 am, got showered and dressed.  We departed Pioneer Motel at 7:00 am to embark on today’s adventures.  With the exception of arriving at Pioneer Motel and leaving for home, today was the only day we drove in the direction of Wiscasset.  We purposely chose lodging east of Wiscasset, as that was the direction for the majority of the places that we wished to see during vacation.

We stopped for breakfast at McDonald’s in Bath and, then, drove to Land’s End on Bailey Island.

The Scenic Mackeral Cove on Bailey Island

 

Land’s End on Bailey Island

Land’s End and the Lobsterman Statue

Lobsterman Statue at Land’s End

Portland sculptor Victor Kahill created a lobsterman statue in 1939 for the New York World’s Fair. The statue at Land’s End is a replica of the one created for the World’s Fair. A plaque on the base reads: “A memorial to all Maine fishermen who have devoted their lives to the sea.”

Land’s End Beach and a Clifftop House

While I was taking pictures, Bob was looking through binoculars.  He spotted a lighthouse way, way, way out in Casco Bay.

Halfway Rock Lighthouse in Casco Bay

I took this photograph of the Halfway Rock Lighthouse with a lens having a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 600mm.  The photograph is heavily cropped.  Like I wrote earlier, this lighthouse was way, way out there!  If you click on the link “Halfway Rock Lighthouse” (in red), there is a map that shows where in Casco Bay the Halfway Rock Lighthouse is located.

Before starting our drive back to Route 1, we browsed the Land’s End Gift Shop.  We made two purchases: a packet of Downeast Maine Wild Lupine Seeds and a small pillow for Stacey that reads “Shut the Duck Up”. 

Leaving Land’s End, we stopped at the trail to Giant’s Stairs.  Bob walked part of the very narrow trail, which was waterlogged in places. 

He didn’t find the stairs.  He kept seeing houses and didn’t want to go on private property. 

We stopped at Mackeral Cove, both coming and going.  On our way back to Route 1 we drove down to the cove.

Mackeral Cove

Our last stop before leaving Bailey Island was at the Cribstone Bridge.  This bridge connects Bailey and Orr’s Islands.

Cribstone Bridge

We walked across the bridge to Orr’s Island and walked back to Bailey Island.

It was only 10:30 am when we completed our planned sightseeing activities, so we decided to add another point of interest–Pemaquid Lighthouse.

As we were driving through Wiscasset we decided to stop for lunch at Red’s Eats.

Red’s Eats

After a 2-hour wait in line, we got our food.  We ordered two lobster rolls and one large order of onion rings. 

Red’s Eats Lobster Rolls and Onion Rings

Was it worth the long wait in line?  YES!

I had some leftover lobster.  We dropped it off in the refrigerator in our motel room and continued to Pemaquid Point Light, which is located in Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park.

Pemaquid Lighthouse and Keepers House

Bob hiked below the lighthouse to the ledges.  I felt my balance was off, so I didn’t make the descent.  On hindsight, I believe I could have made this hike, if we had taken our hiking poles out of the car!

Bob’s view of the lighthouse from the ledges

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

We stopped at Harbor Ice Cream in New Harbor, shortly after leaving Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.  Bob ordered sugar-free vanilla ice cream.  He said it was the best vanilla ice cream he has ever eaten.

This blog post concludes Day 4 of our 10-day Maine vacation (June 28-July 7, 2019).

– TO BE CONTINUED –

8 Responses to “Maine Vacation: More Island Hopping, Red’s Eats, Another Lighthouse and More Ice Cream”

  1. Lorraina Allen

    Looks like a fabulous area, awesome looking eats and you got some beautiful pics. Bonus that Bob loved his ice cream. I always think if something is sugar free it won’t be quite as good so now i know it’s possible. Glad you’re having a great time.

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  2. eileeninmd

    Hello, I just love the cute lighthouse. The lobster roll looks yummy. The views of the statue, water and coast are beautiful. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend ahead.

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    • Linda G.

      The following information is included in the link provided for Cribstone Bridge. Any words that are red in color are links. By clicking on the link more can be learned about the subject.
      “Design of the 1,150-foot bridge was complicated by the tides in the area known as Will’s Gut. It was decided to build a cobwork bridge, using granite slabs as cribstones, acquired from local quarries in nearby Yarmouth, Maine. The slabs, longer than they are wide, are laid horizontally, first lengthwise, and then crosswise, in several layers. No mortar or cement is used. Granite slabs were considered sufficiently heavy to withstand wind and wave, while the open cribbing allowed the tide to ebb and flow freely without increasing tidal current to any great degree. Some 10,000 tons of granite were used in the project. A concrete road was built on top of the cribstones.”

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  3. Beatrice

    We almost ate at Red’s a couple of years ago, Linda, but decided the lie was too long. Glad your meal was worth the wait. Onion rings are a favorite if ours.

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