Portland, Maine

After we visited Bar Harbor and had the mandatory hot lobster rolls, we wanted to explore Maine a little further. The Two Rivers Campground where we parked our RV was only a few minutes’ drive from downtown Skowhegan, Maine. Located by the banks of Kennebec River, Skowhegan is known for its impressive class IV and V rapids, which are coveted by enthusiast whitewater rafters. However, all we knew about it was that Louise, a friend whom we knew from our dancing days, lived there. We enjoyed seeing her again and she joined us on our visit of nearby Portland, Maine.

On a cool early fall day, we piled into our car and drove to Two Lights State Park, at Cape Elizabeth, where Maine’s first twin lighthouses peeked over the treetops. One of the lighthouses is still working, though it is not accessible to public, while the other makes for a charming private residence with a view to envy.

Nearby, we stood in line outside the locally famed Lobster Shack at Two Lights, and once again braved the cool wind hinting at summer’s end. Inside, we warmed up with good conversation and comfort sea food, and we enjoyed the rustic and cozy ambiance.

A short drive north along the coast led us to Fort Williams Park. We toured the fort and the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine’s oldest light house and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the US.

Next, we stopped by a giant duck boot, size 410, proudly displayed in front of the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine. History has it that what started as a hunting boot, morphed into an army boot as prompted by WWII. Later on, the boot took on a more fashionable role, in addition to its weather-sensible duties. I love their products and I enjoyed the educational and entertaining displays throughout their store – incidentally, this was the only time we saw moose on our trip.

Although our stay in Maine was short, we got a good taste of the state, which opened up our appetite for more visits in the future. And speaking of appetite, read about our AMAZING lobster lunch with Louise.

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