Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Maine View

How lucky am I to live in a beautiful region such as New England? A simple one hour car ride and I'm transported to the great state of Maine.  Also known as the vacationland.  We began our day with a boat tour of Portlands scenic lighthouses. The first lighthouse we saw was the Portland Head. You can see by the rocks why it is known as the craggy coast.
The Portland Head was commissioned by Presdient George Washington in 1791. The height of this lighthouse has been changed 5 times, each time either taking away or adding 20 feet. This creates the the ring around the top of the lighthouse, a feature that is unique to it. The lighthouse now stands at 92 feet tall.
We also saw the Bug Light, built in 1875.
And we saw Spring Point Ledge. It stands 54 feet tall and was built in 1897.

And we weren't the only ones enjoying the view of Portland...

We were joined by Portlands Mascot, the Sea Dogs; named for the way they look like black labs when they are swimming. Double click for a closer look at these adorable seals.

Although I enjoyed all the lighthouses, I enjoyed the Portland Head the best because of the amazing history behind it. Which lighthouse do you like the best?


  1. I have always found lighthouses fascinating. It probably started when I read mystery books! Thank you for sharing!

  2. What a nice post. I have seen all these wonderful lighthouses when I visited my friend Mary from Ocean Breezes & Country Sneezes. I'm so glad we live in New England.

  3. Kate, you've just featured my favorite lighthouses! You'll have to visit us in OOB and we'll take you to another favorite!

    Your photos are fantastic!

  4. Hello Kate

    My daughter would love to visit Maine. Seems to be a lovely place with so much to see and do.

    Have a great day!

    Tracy :)

  5. Greetings from the Midwest and welcome to the Blog-o-sphere! Love your pics. I haven't been to New England since I was a kid, but I have fond memories of it's beauty...and seafood. Why can't there be crab and lobster in Lake Michigan?

  6. came over via susan... and what do i find !!! all of my FAVORITE things...Maine AND LIGHTHOUSES!!!!! i LOVE MAINE !!!! i have visited portland and just love it there so much..we stayed at The Pomegranite Inn and ate at Fore Street ...what FUN !!!! i am out here in california but am "pretending" i live in new england !!!! ha ha....

    WELCOME to the world of blogging, my friend..i have met the NICEST, KINDEST people from all over the world..including Susan and Mary from Ocean Breezes !!! just wonderful people...

    happy to follow
    i'll be back soon

    kary and teddy

  7. Lighthouses are fascinating! When I lived in the great lakes area, I saw as many as possible. Always charming and always a story around each of them. (My sister even did a HUGE needlepoint with all of them.)
    Welcome to the blogging world, Kate!

  8. Very nice to meet you! I came from your sweet Aunts site to welcome you to the world of blogging. It is a awesome world full of wonderful people.
    Seeing these pictures makes me want to get in the car and head for Maine. It is one state that I have wanted to see all my life and I hope this will be the year I finally get there.
    Wonderful photo's

  9. Now this is quite a treat! Thank you! I've always wanted to see this bridge, having read so much colonial poetry. :) So very nice to meet you!

  10. Best of luck with your new blog Kate - it looks fantastic.

  11. I do like the first one and as someone has mentioned-there is always some mistery with those buildings:)