Day 6: Portland/York/Cape Elizabeth; Nahant, MA

Trip Start May 13, 2012
Trip End May 19, 2012

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Today I got up early so I could get to the Portland Head Lighthouse. First I stopped in Portland. The city is a little weird and there wasn't much to see or photograph, plus it was getting a little busy because of morning rush hour, so I decided to make my way down the coastline to see some of the lighthouses.  I stopped by the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, also called "Bug Light." It's a tiny lighthouse with a nice park around it. It's located in South Portland so you get some good views of Portland across the water. Next I went by the Portland Head Lighthouse. This is the most photographed lighthouse in the US! It's one of my favorite lighthouses, I just love the way the water hits the coastline. After I got some great shots, I continued on down to Cape Elizabeth. I went by Two Lights State Park. The lighthouse here is a little run down and old and I couldn't figure out how to get up to it. It was kind of up on a hill so I'm not sure if it is open to the public. Next I stopped at a few towns along the way, Old Orchard Beach and Kennebunkport. Old Orchard Beach reminds me of Ocean City but prettier. It has an amusement park set up right on the coast with a boardwalk as well. Kennebunkport is one of those small Maine towns that has a couple shops and seafood restaurants. I finally reached Cape Neddick. This is a nice area and has a lighthouse called Cape Neddick Lighthouse or "Nubble". This is another one of my favorite lighthouses. It looks like something you would see in Sweden or Norway. The lighthouse sits on a little island on top of a grassy hill with a cute little red barn near the bottom of the hill. It was so relaxing just sitting on the rocks and breathing in the air coming off the water. There were definitely a lot of people here, I think this along with the Portland lighthouse, are two very touristy areas in Maine. There were a couple of people gearing up to go scuba diving and there was a lobster boat going around the shoreline and checking the traps. Picturesque Maine at its best. When I left the Nubble lighthouse, I drove down Long Beach Avenue which goes through York Beach. You don't even notice it until you go through all the neighborhoods and turn onto Long Beach Avenue and it just opens up to this huge stretch of a beach that you can see for about 2 miles. It looks like a beach you would see in California.

I made my way down the coast. I stopped back in Gloucester to go by Good Harbor Beach. It was such a nice day, the weather was amazing, and the view here is so serene. I wasn't thinking when I booked my flight back to VA because it didn't leave until Saturday morning but I had to return my rental car tonight before midnight. Which means that I was stuck at the airport for like 8 hours waiting. It was still a nice day outside, the weather was in the 70's as the sun was going down. I decided to head back over to Nahant and I parked the car in a parking lot where all the boats are docked. At this point, it was only about 5pm so I had a lot of time to waste until I had to be back at the airport! I took a nap, and then as the sun was going down I got some great shots of the sunset. Nahant also has great views of the Boston skyline, I would love to wake up to this view everyday! As it got dark I decided there was nothing else to do and I didn't want to go into the city alone on a Friday night. So I made my way to the airport to drop off my car. However, I definitely had a hard time finding it! The main road to the airport was closed due to construction. And my stupid GPS couldn't figure out where I was or where I was going, it had me driving all over the place! I stopped at an Exxon gas station to try and figure out an alternative route, but as I was driving along, the GPS took me through the tunnel and I ended up in Boston, LOST. Thanks GPS! When I turned down this one road, I ended up at the same Exxon station I started at!!! At this time it was already 10:30pm and I needed to get back to the rental car company before midnight (I couldn't return my car in the morning because my flight left too early and they weren't open). Finally, I called Josh, bawling my eyes out, saying that I hate Boston and I was lost (which isn't true! I love Boston!). He google-mapped me from my location to the airport just in time for me to return my rental car. My husband is so good to me :) When I finally got to the terminal, I realized the worst had just happened..........It was midnight, my flight didn't leave until 7am and security was closed for the night..........shit.......So I found a corner of the airport, pulled my sweatshirt on and put the hood up and tried to sleep. Key word: tried.

Finally at 7am I was on my plane back to Virginia! Next time I come to Boston, I'm just going to get a hotel room in the city so I won't have to drive around and get lost for hours! Boston still has a special place in my heart and I will always have a love/hate relationship with it. Only hate when I have to drive around in the city :)
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