Orland - Scarborough, Maine; Middletown, Rhode Island
Balsam Cove Campground in Orland is a 30 mile drive on Sunday, getting us there in time to see my Steelers' play another losing game :-( Fortunately Bill's Cowboys win later in the day.
Nice to have a level spot with FHUs at a reasonable cost. Park WiFi works well, and it's wonderfully quiet.
Fort Point Lighthouse is privately owned, but the grounds that border the state park of the same name are accessible. It's a pretty spot to enjoy a partially cloudy Monday.
|This wonderful bouquet grows along the path to the park.|
|What a surprise to find these behind the tree!|
|They match our Jeep :-)|
|Not as colorful, but just as interesting.|
|1890 Bell House. The bell is welded in place, but the house is one of only a few original still standing along the Maine coast.|
|Keeping even his whiskers still, Tessa never notices him above her.|
|The Fresnel lens is still active.|
|"Off-road" in Maine.|
|A small creek burbles across the forest floor.|
|Part of the wildlife refuge - a healthy meadow.|
|This vacant beauty must have so many stories.|
|One tower holds the observation point - at 420 feet tall, it is the highest occupied structure in Maine, and the highest bridge observatory in the world!|
|A rafter of turkeys.|
|They really are so weird looking!|
Rhode Island is our 35th state, and we're staying near the very popular town of Newport. Like Maine, this state has very pricey options. Meadowlark Trailer and RV Park is an older park of mostly seasonal campers squeezed together on very un-level sites. The fronts of the trailers are all on tall stacks of blocks that I wouldn't trust, but all look like they've been that way for years. Our $43/night spot in the back is electric only. For what we're doing while here, it's fine.
After a quick set up on Thursday, we drive into Newport for a late lunch. Scratch Kitchen has one of those menus that's entertaining to read - so many creative concoctions! My sausage and grits chowder is amazing.
When I was in high school I babysat the "Shorter Kids" just up the road in our little village. I lost track of them and we reconnected on Facebook a few years ago. Wayne lives in Massachusetts, Becky in Vancouver, BC. Wayne manages the Beverly Yacht Club in the very affluent little town of Marion, Massachusetts, and we make plans to meet him there on Friday.
|One of the oldest yacht clubs in the country.|
|Such a beautiful place.|
|Beginning it's life as a family home, the clubhouse retains a very homey feel.|
It's a perfect day to be out on the water with our own personal guide. When we get to Bird Island, I relinquish the wheel so I can take pics of the pretty little lighthouse. We relax for awhile, learn more about the area, and eventually head back for lunch.
|Named for its population of roseate terns (a few seen on the right), the island is home to the largest breeding colony of the species in North America.|
|Learning what's where.|
|Lil' windy on the water......|
|I could get used to this.|
|Wayne looking so much like his dad.|
|Wonderful to see this "kid" again!|
We take the long way home, making a couple stops to see more of Rhode Island. When we get back to Newport I remember the boat show is this weekend. Parking is $50 everywhere! We check out some of the older neighborhoods with their beautiful homes - these aren't the crazy huge mansions.
|Autumn colors are subtle here - I've seen more color in photos of Colorado and Utah than we're seeing here so far.|
Sunday we'll move through four states to reach our incredible destination :-))))