Last summer when we were in Washington State, we were able to locate the most Northwest point of the United States. Last week I read a brochure about Washington County, Maine and it being the Easternmost county in the United States.
Okay, let's go. However, when we calculated the round trip mileage, the roads we would need to travel, plus all the things we would want to see, we knew it would be impossible to do it all in one day. So, we decided that we would pack an overnight bag and make it a weekend trip. It was a plan!
Yesterday, we were up and ready to leave by 7:00. However,
Mother Nature wasn't aware of our plan...but we weren't going to let a little misty rain stop us.
So, we headed toward Bangor and Route 9 was our choice of roads, but which direction is
Route 9. LOL
Finally, out of town, we begin to enjoy the countryside. We saw these
beautiful blueberry fields. The blueberries were
as far as you could see.
From Route 9, we took 192 to the town of Machias
where we picked up ME1. What beautiful
Then on to our first stop...
Lubec, the Easternmost town in the US. They also say that this is were America greets the morning. A drive on out to the
West Quoddy Head lighthouse and we were at the
Easternmost point in the US.
By now, the rain had stopped, but the
fog hung low over the water. We headed out on the
walking trial that would take us
around the bay and
up the hill to the
overlook high above the rocks and water below. We continued on
up and around until the
light house was far behind us. The trail soon took us back to the lighthouse.
From Lubec, we traveled around to the
International Bridge which took us to Campobello Island, New Brunswick. The island was the summer home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The
34- room cottage is an international park. It is open to the public for touring.
Two of my favorite areas were the
dining room and this
upstairs hallway window.
From the back porch, you could see the
sail boats out in the bay.
Before leaving the house and visitor center, we got a map of the island...which by the way is only about 9 miles long and 4 miles wide.
We drove first out to see the
East Quoddy Lighthouse. We didn't get to tour the lighthouse since
the tide was in...
Even so, it was beautiful standing at Head Harbor overlooking
The Bay of Fundy. These boats are all whale watching. From a distance, we saw a Fin Whale. Too far for pictures. Just before we arrived, there had been some Humpbacks in the area. This is primetime for seeing the whales.
I could have stayed here all afternoon, but, we needed to get on with our tour. We drove around the three loops of this small island, getting out and walking to the observation areas at
Liberty Point and,
On the way off the island, we made a stop by the
Now, back across the bridge and just a few miles down the road we found ourselves in the little town of
Eastport, which claims that it is the Eastern most city in the US. So, now, we have been in the Eastern most town, city, and point....I figure I have it covered who ever is right!
We decided to have dinner while in town. We chose
The Eastport Chowder House which overlooks the bay were the
ferry runs from Eastport to Deer Island to Campobello Island. A trip that takes about a hour and a half and a cost of about $32.00 for a one-way trip. That includes the car, driver, and one passenger.
After a yummy dinner of halibut, tuna, and salmon, we were on the way to our next stop. Just outside the little town of Perry, Maine there is a marker beside the road marking the
45th parallel. At this point, we were standing half way between the equator and the north pole.
With a full day behind us, we decided to head on to Calais and
call it a day.
This morning, once again, we woke up to
rain. We loaded the car and found a great little cafe. Breakfast was blueberry pancakes for me and eggs and bacon for Mark. I shared my pancakes with him. Once again out came the passports and we made our way across the
border. Today's drive took us into New Brunswick, Canada to
the little town of Saint Andrew's by the Sea. We
walked the streets, shopped, and stopped by a
RV Park that is right on the water. You can have a site here for $41.00 a night or $700.00 a month.
Our drive back to St. Stevens took us by the
International Park of St. Croix Island which we also will visit once we are back in the US. So, as we fast forward through the border crossing, back to Calais, we will arrive at
the other side of St. Croix Island. Here I found the park ranger and got my cancellation stamp.
Due to erosion, this island is only viewed
from a distance.
After taking one last look at the
river, it was time to think about heading back towards Bangor.
What a great weekend...
even through the fog...
visiting the eastern most coastline of the United States and a trip into New Brunswick, Canada.