Thursday, July 3, 2014

Exploring Maine: Part VI

On Tuesday of our wedding trip, now turned vacation, we set off on an adventure up the coast to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. We knew we wanted to see more coast, the ocean with waves crashing, a lighthouse, and get a boat tour on the water. We accomplished all of those things, and saw such beautiful country along the way. Boothbay Harbor is a popular travel and tourist destination, and it was a beautiful town with small streets of shopping and piers for fishing boats, yachts, ferries, and tour boats all along the water. When we got there we checked out the tour time and then sat down at Kaler's for lunch right on the water. After we filled up with more fish, we loaded up and set sail on the Balmy Days harbor cruise. Interstingly, this was also a ferry that stopped at several islands to pick up people along the way. We toured the harbor for an hour, and it was the perfect amount of time to see the sights and keep everyone's tummies from getting too seasick. The water was rough at some spots!
Heading out to load up!
Up on top!
Did I mention it was cold and windy? :) And rainy. :)
After the boat ride, we got coffee at a little shop and then walked into a few stores to look around. We got some souvenirs, you know, some Maine shirts and stuffed animal lobsters! It was so rainy! 
After Boothbay Harbor, we loaded up and traveled some more to Pemiquid Point to see the famous lighthouse. We checked out the little visitors center and shop and then headed to the coastline to see the lighthouse. Apparently this is one of the most photographed lighthouses and was built in 1827. It's the lighthouse that's on the Maine state quarter! We climbed the circular steps to the top!
 Haha! The kids were troopers! It was so cold, windy and rainy. We took them down to see the water and got a picture to remember our time there, and then the kids and I made our way back to the car. The guys explored the rocks a little before we loaded up and headed back to Freeport. 
After our drive back to town, we picked an awesome place to eat, the Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro and enjoyed the rest of our night in Freeport! It was a beautiful restaurant and delicious too. A perfect place to warm up and relax after our adventures that day. 

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