SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016:

Sunday was a gloomy and rainy day.
I drove 70 miles from North Conway, New Hampshire to Portland, Maine.


I checked into the Ramada Plaza Portland Hotel for a two night stay.
Ramada Plaza Portland Hotel

I spent most of the day in my hotel room watching football.
For details about my short and boring journey watch the video below.
Which includes a hotel report on today's accommodations at the end of the video.

8 minute Road Report of today's journey.



MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016:

I drove 100 miles roundtrip today along the coast of Maine south of Portland.



Click on the images below for the original full-size image.

Like yesterday, it was gloomy and rainy today.
But I set out to explore the coast of Maine despite the ugly weather.
My first stop of the day was in York, Maine.
The Nubble Light in York, Maine

The Cape Neddick Light stands on Nubble Island about 100 yards off Cape Neddick Point.
It is commonly known as "Nubble Light" or simply "the Nubble".
The Nubble Light in York, Maine

Watch the short video below to see more of the Nubble Light.

4 minute video of my visit to the Cape Neddick Lighthouse.

Walker's Point juts out into the Atlantic Ocean in southern Maine, in the town of Kennebunkport.
Walker Point in Kennebunkport, Maine

The Bush compound is the summer home of 41st President of the United States George HW Bush.
It is located on Walker's Point .
The Bush Compound at Walker Point in Kennebunkport, Maine

The large central house, built in the New England shingle style, has nine bedrooms, four sitting
rooms, an office, a den, a library, a dining room, a kitchen, and various patios and decks.
The Bush Compound at Walker Point in Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport is in York County. The population was 3,474 people at the 2010 census.
Mathew J. Lanigan Bridge in Kennebunkport, Maine

The town center, the area in and around Dock Square, is located along the Kennebunk River.
Historically a shipbuilding and fishing village, for well over a century the
town has been a popular summer colony and seaside tourist destination.
Kennebunkport, Maine

The Dock Square area has a district of souvenir shops,
art galleries, seafood restaurants, and bed and breakfasts.
Dock Square in Kennebunkport, Maine

Watch the video below to see more of the Bush Estate and Kennebunkport.

11 minute video of my visit to Kennebunkport, Maine.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Hello People,

Did you enjoy your day off without having to read one of my boring emails? Well, it's back to the old grindstone today.

Yesterday I woke up in North Conway, New Hampshire. It was a gloomy day and misting rain. I checked out of my hotel shortly before checkout time at 11:00. I drove 60 miles southeast to Portland, Maine and checked into my new hotel around noon. This is where I stayed the rest of the day watching football. First I watched the Patriots defeat the Dolphins. BOO! HISS! They were down to their third string quarterback but still won easily. Next up was the Colts and the Broncos. BOO! HISS! on the results of that one as well. And I finished off the day with the Sunday night game where the Vikings beat the Packers. I didn't have a dog in that fight so no editorial on that one.

Today was another cloudy/rainy day, but I wasn't going to sit in the hotel for a second day watching tv, so I head out anyway. I drove 50 miles south to York, Maine via the Maine, Turnpike. Then I switched to the coast road and drove back north. The first place I stopped was at the Nubble Lighthouse.



It was raining at the time. That's why the pictures look a little foggy. But even in the rain it was a very scenic area. Below is a closer look at the very photogenic lighthouse.



Next I drove through Perkin's Cove. A scenic little peninsula jutting out into the ocean. I couldn't find a place to park the car so I didn't get a picture. I thought I was capturing it on the dash cam, but it acts up at times and chose that time not to record. Next it was on to beautiful Kennebunkport.



It is a pretty little village but run amok with tourists even on a rainy Monday in the off-season.



Next it was time to drop in on H.W. and Barbara. It would be rude to be in the area and not drop by and say howdy.



That is 41's house. And below, if you look close on the far left side of the photo you can see them pushing President Bush in his wheel chair back to the house.



The above is a screen grab from my video. I stopped recording about one second later not realizing he was coming into my picture. Then I heard the person next to me with binoculars commenting that he could see President Bush in his wheel chair. By the time I got the camera going again they were just wheeling him into the house. In the screen grab below they are pushing him into the house with his little white dog there to greet him.



Afterward I was kicking myself for not being able to get a better picture, but it was a thrill getting what little I did. I have always like him. And he's now the second president that I have seen in person. I saw President Reagan when he came to Mooresville while he was still in office. He waved at me from the back of the limo as he was driving out of town. Below is a wider view of the Bush estate.



And the picture below is what George gets to look at when he looks out his living room window.



That concluded the sightseeing part of the day. I drove back to Portland and went to see the movie Snowden. It was a good movie. Of course Oliver Stone portrays him as a saint, which I don't happen to think he is. But none the less it was an interesting movie. And now I am back at the hotel writing this and you are up to date.

Goodbye for today,

Tim




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