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S: Lobsta Tales: A Photographic Journey of Maine and Canada 2010

FC: Lobsta Tales: | A Photographic Journey of Maine and Canada 2010

1: We were influenced by The Photographer's Travel Guide in taking this New England trip. The book suggests some great itineraries and we will probably consider another one in the near future. Hopefully this will be the first of many future travel journals. We traveled from September 19th to the 28th, 2010 by flying into Bangor, Maine, renting a car and traveling Northeast into Canada and finally circling back down south along the Maine Coast. We envisioned foggy mornings in quaint fishing villages and were not disappointed. The seagulls stood watch on colorfully weathered boats reflecting in the calm cove waters. Rocky and textured coastlines anchored beaconing lighthouses providing direction for incoming sailors. All of these sights offered many photo opportunities.

2: Dear Lord, Bless this journey which we undertake, that it may profit the health of our souls and body; that we may reach its end, and that, returning safe and sound, we may find our family in good health. Please guard, guide and protect us. Amen

4: We crossed the border into Canada by lunch time. We stopped in St. Stephen to enjoy our first bowl of lobster stew of the trip. Yummy!! | We landed in Bangor after an uneventful flight, picked up our Chevy Cobalt (actually a comfortable little car) and started our way towards St. Andrews, New Brunswick. We were able to pick up a great Christian music radio station and very pleased to learn that we were able to enjoy it for the majority of our trip. Positive, Encouraging K Love Radio, Bangor, Maine WKVZ 102.1 It became evident that we were in Maine by the many moose crossing signs and we were encouraged by the idea of actually seeing one.

5: Photographing wildlife in their natural setting is a photographers dream! So you can understand our anticipation of capturing the perfect moose portrait. | We will give you the opportunity to see moose throughout this book. Follow along with us on our hunt and see if you can spot them. | According to the locals this road hazard sign is more accurate.

6: We made it to St. Andrews, New Brunswick our first little harbor town. We parked the car and unpacked and decided to walk around and stretch our legs.

7: We captured our first sunset of the trip, however, no moose.

16: This is the first inn that we stayed in and enjoyed a delicious seafood dinner at Harbor Front Restaurant. It had been a long day after starting at 5:00 am to catch our flight. We retired early to get the rest we needed for our whale watching tour the next day.

17: Island Quest Marine

18: Mike, myself and about 20 other people sailed away from the dock with the sun in our face. Captain Charlie led us into the Bay of Fundy in great anticipation of much wildlife. We were not disappointed. He started the tour off with a drive by and information regarding Salmon farms. In a season the fish grow to be 5 to 6 pounds and 2 ft long. We were treated to a sample of their very own Smoked Salmon spread that was delicious.

20: We saw a couple young bald eagles perched on the rocks that still had some of the brown plumage in their white feathered heads. The Minke whale sighting was exciting and educational. The Minke whale grows to be approximately 10' to 30' long. They do not bring up their tale nor does this species breach the water. | We did get to see lots of Harbor Porpoise, Blue Fin Tuna (tricky little boogers to photograph) and a tiny little island filled with Harbor Seals. No moose. :( But we did get to see the colorful East Quoddy Head Light.

24: We left St. Andrew's after our cruise ended. It was lunch time and we were quite hungry after all the fresh air. We detoured through St. George to get a cup of coffee and didn't leave a delightful goodies shop until we had a bag full of treats. We dined on two huge fresh sandwiches made on fresh bread. We topped off the meal with a sampler package of their best pastries and homemade fudge. As we drove down Route 3 we viewed mile after mile of recently harvested blueberry fields. The foliage was a sea of red waves. Many roadside stands tempted us with every kind of quality made blueberry product imaginable. Yummy! St. Martins, New Brunswick, a charming little village on the Bay of Fundy coast. Settled in 1783 it originally was the site of ship building and shipping. The Bay experiences the highest tides in the world, so in many villages, the boats basically sit on the ocean floor until high tide brings water back in and floats the boats. We arrived at low tide which made the sea caves accessible and are "The Gateway to the Fundy Trail." All this and no moose. :) Our next stop for the night was to be at country Stiles B & B in Nappan, Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, details and reservations didn't a line with the stars so we had to make quick decisions on the nights accommodations. Ok, so much for this idea. Hmmmm, now what?

25: Let's get back on the road and just look for an exit that advertises lodging. That shouldn't be a problem? As luck would have it, the very next exit sign showed "Coastal Inn." That's us, let's take it! At least it should be on the water which is staying in our theme. We were trying to have a water view at every place that we stayed. We started into this pretty and quaint college town of Sackville, New Brunswick. The streets were busy with students walking from class to class. We wandered for a while just knowing that the coastline would peek over the horizon at any minute. After growing tired we stopped a co-ed who promptly explained that the closest water in this town was the swamp over the hill and the Coastal Inn was a chain and this one was located behind the McDonalds that we passed when we came off the exit. Hmmm, now what? Well let's just drive around a little and look for the stately homes that have a sign out front. We did and found Marshlands Inn. Beautiful!!A huge cushy king sized bed waited for us in our antique furnished room. We ordered room service and dined on the most creamy and delicious seafood chowder of the trip!!!!

28: The Marshlands Inn was built in 1854 as a wedding gift by the Honourable William Crane for his daughter who became Ruth Crane Cogswell. Crane was a man of some wealth being a merchant and ship builder and, so it is said, financier of Samuel Cunard's first steamship.

29: The Marshlands Inn is one of Canada's best known country inns. The pre-confederation home, operating as an inn for over 60 years, has been the stopping place for many of Canada's notables and visiting celebrities. Even the Queen of England has stayed at Marshlands. However, they do not allow moose.

30: After a goods night sleep we leave Marshlands Inn and head into Nova Scotia. Only after a few miles on the road we pass Country Stile Inn. Oops! | Tiny Town Heritage Museum in River Herbert, Nova Scotia. 43 models of places in history, culture and industry of the community. Reginald "Bud" Johnston was the builder and creator.

33: We travel four miles up a mountain road reaching Cape d' Or Lighthouse. A family had gathered to spread the ashes of their grandfather who was one of the original light keepers.

37: Did we mention those low tides on the Bay of Fundy? We continued on to Halifax and were pretty tired by the time we found our way through the city heading towards West Dover. It was getting late and we could tell we were missing many photo ops so we vowed to get up at sunrise, drive back and catch the pictures in the morning. So we topped off the evening at Shaw's Landing. Delicious fish and chips and a cold beer were served on a checkered board table cloth. We listened to some great maritime music and folks talking about end of season rituals.

38: A sunrise drive about 15 miles back from where we originated produced some uneventful shots. The best shots of the morning wound up being right in front of the place we were staying.

40: Peggy's Cove, WOW! This is the most documented spot on our journey! It was as colorful and picturesque as described in the Photographer's Travel Guide. Unfortunately about 1000 other tourists thought the same thing! Every cruise ship and tour bus from Halifax were all visiting this little five acre village at the same time. It definitely made it interesting in getting our favorite shots!

41: Mike deciding on his strategy for getting the best pictures at Peggy's Cove!! Other parties didn't seem to be so bothered.

46: We have to admit Peggy's Cove was absolutely beautiful! As you can see, with a little patience we were able to depict the village in it's isolated quaintness. Bagged it up to continue on our journey and grab some lunch to picnic along the road somewhere nice. I think we found it too. What do you think?

50: Our trip continued along taking us through Mahone Bay and Lunenberg. We got a little turned around in Bridgewater but Mike saves the day with an alternate Route 10 to Digby where we stayed the night before our ferry ride at dawn across the bay back to St. John's.

51: We woke to yet another stunning sunrise before setting out on our 3 hour boat ride. It was a pretty nice ferry fully equipped with a restaurant, movies, internet, gift shop and gourmet coffees. There was plenty to keep us busy for the entire trip. After speaking to the on-ship tour guide we decided to pass some time in the city while we waited for the tide schedule to witness the reversing falls. We were delighted at the politeness of people offering us directions when we just looked lost. They headed us in the direction of the City Market where we found lots of treats!

55: One really neat thing about the market was the roof of the building was actually the bottom of a ship. The phenomena of reversing falls the diurnal tides of the bay force the flow of water to reverse against the prevailing current when the tide is high. This is surpassed by a downstream volume of water. The rapids or falls are created by a series of underwater ledges which roils the water in either direction causing a navigational hazard despite the depth of water. Once again leaving town we attracted the attention of some helpful citizens as we held our map upside down while sitting at an intersection and they quickly pointed us in the right direction!

56: West Quoddy Light House Lubec, Maine

57: Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings! Proverbs 22:29

58: Maureen and Gene Hart were our hosts at Harbor House on Sawyer Cove in Jonesport, Maine. They made every effort to make things comfortable in this circa 1880 home that was originally the area telegraph and ship's chandlery. Jonesport is a quiet unchanged lobstering village located in the heart of way "Down East" Maine, on a 12-mile peninsula that juts out from the last undeveloped coastline in the continental United States. The white steepled churches, colorful vessels plying the harbor, and piles of lobster traps in front yards create a sense of serenity, nostalgia and hospitality.

59: Hospitality It's meaning goes deeper than a gracious host or opening our homes to guests. The Greek word translated "hospitality" means "love of strangers." Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where a stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality can fill the emptiness of a lonely heart.

60: Maureen woke early to prepare our delicious breakfast. She served peach stuffed French toast, sausage and blueberry syrup!! | She joined us on the sun porch and shared quaint stories of visitors past like the folks from North Carolina that wanted to know how they got those little lobsters to climb all the way up into the yard to climb into all of those lobster traps..... | and about the lady that went to the local shop to pick up some fresh lobsters. When she looked into the container and saw that that they were not red like she was accustomed to seeing lobster that she requested "ripe ones!"

64: May the waters you sail be in God's plan. God is my strength and power and He makes my way perfect. | 2 Samuel 22:33

66: What a terrible way to have to pass a little time while the laundry washes at the laundromat. Nothing worse than taking some more great pictures and playing with the seagulls.

69: We arrive on Mount Desert Island on a rainy afternoon and continue to the most southern point, Bar Harbor. | The next day we start the morning with a little breakfast with Barbara and a few other guests. Then we head out for what else, a little hiking and more picture taking. We enjoyed Bar Harbor Light House and Acadia National Park | We unpack and get situated in our attic penthouse before dining on lobster at the Seakatch Restaurant.

76: Acadia National Park

77: Acadia National Park

78: The day we entered the park was National Lands Day. The entry fees had been waived. Once again that meant cruise ships at Bar Harbor, bus trips coming in and every other tourist and local taking advantage of the Saturday that we drove Loop Road. A little crowded for my taste. Nearing the end of the loop road was the last stop, Cadillac Mountain. | The parking area was packed and a haze hung over the mountain that made visibility about 50%. Whine, whine, whine!! I traveled all this way specifically for this world famous view! The highlight of the trip was a major disappointment. Pout, pout, pout, gripe gripe gripe!!

79: Carriage Roads You'll take a step back in time when you walk, hike or bike the carriage roads of Mount Dessert Island. Or go by horse and carriage the way that John D. Rockefeller intended when he built the 45 miles of crushed stone roads between 1913 and 1940. No matter how you experience the carriage roads you will enjoy the beauty that surrounds them.

82: We left the park a little overwhelmed by the crowds and I continued to complain as we headed back to the inn. Suddenly, I saw a small sign "Beech Mountain" out of the corner of my eye almost passing it. For some amazing reason I swerved onto the one lane road. We followed the little road to a dead end and about a seven car parking lot. | It was completely empty with a very interesting rock climb. We reached the isolated top of the mountain to a breathtakingly beautiful clear view all the way around us. I certainly felt our Lord's presence, thanked him for this precious gift and asked forgiveness for being so spoiled. We immersed ourselves in our very own private sunset.

84: Thurston's Lobster Pound If your coming to Maine for a lobster dinner, forget about the white-tablecloth restaurants. For an authentic taste of the state's royal seafood, head for one of Maine's "lobster shack's or pounds"--the no frills restaurants that dot the coastline and are better known to the locals than the tourists. Typically you place your order at a walk-up window and choose your lobster from a salt water holding tank. It is weighed and placed in a mesh bag along with an ear of corn and clams if you so choose and plunged into a steam boiler. Fresh, delicious succulent lobster served direct to your table in a matter of minutes. Yummmmmm!!!

85: The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is the crown jewel of coastal Maine with its spectacular views, stunning design and unique link to historic Fort Knox. The only observatory bridge in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest in the world, the structure has won multiple awards for engineering excellence. Still unable to spot a moose even from way up there.

86: Fort Knox, Maine's largest historic fort, features stunning military architecture and master granite craftsmanship. Constructed between 1844 and 1864 and strategically located on the Penobscot River to protect the valley from attack during the Civil and Spanish-American Wars.

87: The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and the Owl Head Lighthouse

88: The Spouter Inn Once again, a most hospitable stay and restful night. The morning was shared with other guests sharing the most interesting travel stories over chocolate French toast with raspberry syrup and Lobster Eggs Benedict.

89: A day of shopping in Camden, Maine.

90: The last few sites as we were ending our trip in Maine.

91: Well everybody we are saddened to say that we never did get to see a real live moose. We hope you were able to get a peek at one of the sneaky devil in our book. But there are many adventures ahead of us and we hope we get to see one in our travels in the near future. In the meantime enjoy the many creative and authentic Maine moose souvenirs. The moose pooh tie tack, moose pooh earrings and the ever so popular pooy buoy. So until next time we hope you don't have any problems pakin the ca in the gArog before you eat lobsta. See you next time.

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