Along Route 1....

Trip Start Aug 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 25, 2009

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Friday, August 21, 2009

It was another nice morning in Maine.  Not too hot...not too cool...but not much sun, either!  The cloud cover was actually refreshing and we were going to be shopping for a bit, so that was okay!

We stopped at an "As seen on TV" sticky buns restaurant.  It was very cute...and evidently the sticky buns were the best around!  So...we had blueberry muffins!  LOL  Which, I might add, were delicious! 

We then visited LL Bean and several other stores.  We purchased a few items and then hit the road around lunch time!  It was another day along Route 1 towards Portland.  We arrived in Portland around 12:20pm and followed the signs to the Visitors Bureau.  I have to mention that because the wayfinding was excellent!  The City Planners are to be commended!  I must have had a look of wonderment on my face when I walked in the VCB because a lady got up from her desk as asked "Can I help you dear?"  Of course!  Tell me about Portland!  She was very helpful and this is what we did...

We began by walking about a mile along the linear path that went right along the water. We could see the line of fishing boats and the line of posts in the water.  (I have no idea what these are for...possibly a base for a former dock???)  It was VERY foggy at the start...but then the fog was lifting by the time we got back to our starting point. 

We then drove a few blocks to the center of town and walked the main street.  This was quite an amazing area.  Portland has revitalized their downtown area by filling all the empty storefronts with gift shops and restaurants of all types. The buildings were original and some had new facades.  We stopped to eat at a "Pizza by the slice" restaurant...and it proved to be a popular restaurant for all of Portland!  A  great choice!

Before we left Portland, I took time to find the City Adminstration Building that housed field services.  Why, you ask?  I had spoken to a woman by the name of Cherie about a parking garage inspection about a month prior to our trip.  We started a conversation and I asked her about Portland.  She sent me a packet of brochures and travel information, so I thought I'd stop and say hi!  It was fun to meet her in person.

Just South of Portland is Cape Elizabeth...the home of the Portland Head Light.  This is the oldest operating lighthouse in the U.S.  The fog was rolling in once you will see in the photos.  The light was glowing and the fog horn was blaring as we could see boats through the fog!

By this time it was after 4pm and we started down Route 1 once more.  By 4:30 we found ... another cabin!  It's amazing.  There are very few franchise hotels in these areas.  Mom and Pop motels are very popular...and those with cabins are in the majority.  Tomorrow...on to Kennebunkport!  (I learned that it's called Kennebushport by the locals!)
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