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    MAINE’S EASY 18 LIGHTHOUSES

    by Ken Rudine
    Photographs by the author
    Maine Lighthouse - West Quoddy, Lubec
    West Quoddy Lighthouse near Lubec, Maine
    The Kancamagus Highway brought us down from the higher elevations of the White Mountains. The trees became greener as if spring was happening just as we past. We came upon a tourist info center as we reached the Maine border. The helpful attendant mentioned that just up the road is where “that car” hit Stephen King. Fortified with local trivia and maps, we advanced into unknown territory.

    The plan was to start in the north at Calais on the St. Croix River and then finish in the south heading back to Texas. We followed the water to find West Quoddy Lighthouse near Lubec. It is our country’s farthest north and east point; they call this area “Down East”. Located at latitude of ~45 degrees, half-way between the equator and the North Pole influences the tides which are 20 to 28 feet. When day was done, from our room at Machitas we watched the tide go out. Maybe 18 hours later, when we left, it was still out.

    While at Bar Harbor we drove the 27-mile scenic road in Acadia National Park. Reading about this area stated that Longfellow never visited the Acadian area of Louisiana. That pretty well challenges what I learned six decades ago about the Evangeline Oak and Longfellow’s home in the Bayou Teche country. (See Evangeline)

    At Rockland we were told a story about the light keeper’s Springer Spaniel named Spot. The dog was trained to pull the rope sounding the fog bell when he became aware of a boat approaching. Boats would answer with a whistle or bell and Spot would bark.

    Pemaquid Point, one of the lights seen the next day, greeted us with blooming Lupines growing on the side of the road reminding us of spring and Texas Bluebonnets. Three days later photographing Cape Neddick, where a wedding party was posing for photos, we were met with 55 degrees and a 55 MPH wind. Reminding us we are still 2400 miles northeast of Texas.

    MAINE LIGHTHOUSES:

    Our visitation order:
    West Quoddy,
    Lubec Channel Light,
    Egg Rock,
    Bass Harbor,
    Dyce Head,
    Fort Point,
    Rockland Breakwater,
    Owls Head,
    Marshall Point,
    Pemiquid Point,
    Doubling Point,
    Spring Point Ledge,
    Portland Breakwater,
    Portland Head,
    Ram Island Ledge,
    Cape Elizabeth,
    Cape Neddick and
    Whaleback.

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    Maine - Lubec Channel Light,
    Lubec Channel Light, Lubec -
    Typical of a lighthouse style aka "Sparkplug" Light
    Maine, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland Harbor
    Rockland Breakwater, Rockland Harbor
    Maine Lighthouse - Marshall Point, Port Clyde
    Marshall Point, Port Clyde
    Maine Lighthouse - Pemiquid Point, Bristol
    Pemiquid Point, Bristol
    Maine Lighthouse - Spring Point Ledge, South Portland
    Spring Point Ledge, South Portland
    Maine Lighthouse - Portland Head, Cape Elizabeth
    Portland Head, Cape Elizabeth
    Maine Lighthouse - Cape Neddick, York
    Cape Neddick, York
    Maine Lighthouse - Whaleback, Kittery
    Whaleback, Kittery
    Following Maine maps and signs can be difficult so after this trip we bought a GPS which we now always use. We recommend you use a GPS to find these lighthouses. For your convenience the coordinates of each light can be found at http://www.etravelmaine.com/activities/maine_lighthouses.htm

    Copyright Ken Rudine
    , Published July 22, 2009

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