WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016:

I spent today along the coast of Maine east of Freeport.



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Today was probably my favorite day of the trip.
I would spend the day exploring the coast of Maine.
Below is Boothbay Harbor which was my first stop of the day.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine

From Boothbay Harbor I drove to nearby Southport Island.
From there I got a distant view of Hendricks Head Lighthouse.
Hendricks Head Lighthouse on Southport Island, Maine

Watch the video below for more details on Boothbay Harbor.

10 minute video of my visit to Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Next I drove to Pemaquid Point.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park is located at the entrance to
Muscongus Bay and Johns Bay, in the town of Bristol.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine

The lighthouse was commissioned in 1827 by President John Quincy Adams and built that year.
Because of poor workmanship the lighthouse began to crumble and was replaced in 1835.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine

Watch the video below for more on this beautiful Maine lighthouse.

9 minute video of my visit to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.

My next lighthouse was at Marshall Point.
Marshall Point Lighthouse near Port Clyde, Maine

Prominently sited on a rocky point of land, Marshall Point Lighthouse is located near
the fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine. The Lighthouse property includes the wonderful light,
connected via the long wooden runway to the property and a lovingly-restored Keeper’s House.
Marshall Point Lighthouse near Port Clyde, Maine

The lighthouse appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump.
Marshall Point Lighthouse near Port Clyde, Maine

Watch the video below to see more of this lighthouse.

7 minute video of my visit to the Marshall Point Lighthouse.

My last lighthouse of the day was Owls Head Lighthouse.
Owls Head Lighthouse at the entrance of Rockland Harbor, Maine

Located at the entrance of Rockland Harbor on western Penobscot Bay.
Owls Head Lighthouse at the entrance of Rockland Harbor, Maine

Watch the video below to see more.

4 minute video of my visit to the Owl's Head Lighthouse.

I spent the night in Rockport, Maine at the Strawberry Hill Seaside Inn.
This was a very nice local inn nicely decorated for Halloween.
Strawberry Hill Seaside Inn in Rockport, Maine

Watch the dash cam video below for more details on today's journey.

37 minute Road Report of today's journey.
Be sure to watch the hotel report on the outstanding Strawberry Hill Seaside Inn at the end of the video.



MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Hi,

I had a lot better day today than yesterday. First of all that pesky fog was completely gone when I woke up this morning and it stayed bright and sunny all day until the sun set at 6:30. I set out from Freeport, Maine this morning after I finish my free Holiday Inn Express breakfast. I drove about 50 miles to the picturesque seaside community of Boothbay Harbor.



Not too far from Boothbay Harbor was my first lighthouse of the day, the Hendricks Head Lighthouse. This one was private property and I could only photograph it from a distance.



I had to drive about 35 miles to my next stop, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park. This was probably the most scenic stop of the day.



A very photogenic lighthouse perched on a cliff above the Atlantic Ocean.



You could climb to the top of the lighthouse but I didn't do that. The views of the ocean from ground level were good enough for me.



It was a 55 mile drive to my next stop, Marshall Point Lighthouse. This apparently is the favorite spot for the local artists.



There must have been 30 or more people set up with easels painting the area. There were nice views of the ocean from here as well.



It was only 20 miles to the next lighthouse, Owls Head Lighthouse. This one was the least impressive but the hardest to reach.



I climbed up those stairs and took a picture of the view.



It was a fun day. I spent the whole day driving around the back roads of coastal Maine through little towns and villages. I ended my day in Rockport, Maine. I am staying at a small local inn. This is not a fancy place but so homey and nice. It's called the Strawberry Hill Seaside Inn. The driveway into the inn is all decorated for Halloween.



The bellman helped me with my luggage.



Very cozy room with the distinctive sea theme.



And a very nice view from my balcony.



And to top that off I have the best Internet connection that I have had all trip. I had a reservation across the street at the Hampton Inn. I thought it was way too expensive so I cancelled it and booked this place. I saved $100 a night and it's 1000% nicer.

I'm going to sign off for today,

Tim




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