Driving the coast

Trip Start Sep 01, 2007
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Hermit Island Campground

Flag of United States  , Maine
Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Today we finally packed up out of Bar Harbor and drove south towards Portland.  Along the way we saw a few lighthouses, and one used to be a fort as well (Port Poswell). 
We bought some fresh and smoked fish from an old veteran (selling it from his truck) off the side of the highway.  It was delicious!! 
We drove around the scenic route HWY 1 (It was supposed to be an ocean route but you really only saw the ocean between trees sporadically so it was 90% forest).  If we had more time we would have driven down the harbors but the problem is that they are often one way so that's a lot of backtracking if you're tight on time.  We stopped for lunch at Young's Lobster Pound - it was actually quite pricey but it was really good.  Afterwards, I went to a Maine Marine Museum in Rockland.  It was very interesting - for those interested in engineering, read about the fresnel light: http://www.lighthousegetaway.com/lights/fresnel.html - it was so efficient that the light would show an amazing 20 miles out to shore.

For the night we camped at Hermit Island Campground which is just south of Bath.  I recommend that if you go there, don't explore the campground too much if your car isn't an all terrain vehicle - we almost got stuck because it's very hilly and rocky.  The oceanview sites were taken however, so we settled for a pretty one by a lake, and for the first time we encountered mosquitos.  As I went for a drive to the payphone, I saw 6 deer on a campsite! They were so cute :)  The pictures didn't turn out well though :( We were quite tired so we fried our fish, got a bit tipsy, and went to bed.
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