ROAD TRIP DAY 26: CRUISIN’ THE COAST OF MAINE

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Today was the day to give Trudy (our GPS) a rest while we preferred to cruise the coast without her constant nagging.  We first headed south to explore the adorable (and upscale) fishing village of Kennebunk, and we found it quite charming.

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Next up for the day was to get ourselves (purposely) lost, so we could enjoy the scenery and gorgeous HUGE homes in Kennebunkport, 41’s summer home.

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George H.W. Bush and his entourage reside in the “Kennebunkport Compound” on Ocean Avenue.  Not only is there his house (pictured below), there are a few others in the compound for guests and staff.  All of it is gated and guarded; however, it was a nice view from across the cove.

The entire area was absolutely spectacular, and we enjoyed cruising in and out of the neighborhoods alone.  It is still the off-season, so it was quiet, peaceful, and free of traffic.


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Later in the afternoon, we headed north back through Ogunquit where we are staying and followed the coast to Cape Neddick to see the Nubble Lighthouse.  Since it is completely surrounded by water on its own island, it can only be viewed from the mainland; however, it is perhaps only 100 yards across the water.  The view was so… Maine.

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The scenery sure has changed since leaving Stowe, Vermont.  We went from moose country, mountains, and a ski resort to the coast where lobster and lighthouses are the theme.  Both have their own beauty and charm, and we are enjoying every bit of it!

ROAD TRIP DAY 25: DINO-MITE!

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Dino-mite, in more ways than one! Not only is the plastic bottle dinosaur sculpture on the front lawn of Vermont’s state capitol a dynamite way to remind us all to recycle, it was a dynamite day! The rain had stopped, the clouds were gone, the sun was shining, and it was beautiful.

On our way to Ogunquit, Maine, we made a quick stop in Montpelier, Vermont’s state capitol. It was quite a charming and attractive town along the river, and the capitol was very picturesque. So was Dino!

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The drive through Vermont and New Hampshire was gorgeous, a constant scene of rolling lush green hills and mountains.

Ogunquit is a cute little seaside town just south of Kennebunkport where the Bush (41) family lives during the summertime.

After we arrived and checked in to our motel, we went to Perkins Cove, a quaint lobster fishing village with nice shops and seafood restaurants as well beautiful homes. It is also where Marginal Way begins, a picturesque walking path that follows the rugged coastline. It is 1-1/2 miles long, so we walked the length of it and returned to Perkins Cove.

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What a beautiful coastal area this is! The walking path was fabulous, and one of the most gorgeous coastal walks I have ever been on. Not only is the coastline scenic, the path itself was beautifully landscaped and maintained. All along the path were very nice benches to sit and enjoy the spectacular views of the sea below. We happened to be there while two surfers and two kayak surfers were enjoying the waves, so we had fun watching and photographing them. (It really made me miss kayak surfing, though!)

Back at Perkins Cove, we enjoyed a delicious seafood dinner at the Lobster Shack where they sure know how to make great Baja-style fish tacos and a great fish sandwich!