Scenic Maine

This photo was taken looking away from the Marshall Point Lighthouse.  I don’t know if those houses that you can just see snuggled in the trees were private homes or were connected with the lighthouse but regardless, can you imagine having all of this as your everyday view?

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Marshall Point Lighthouse

“Marshall Point Light Station was established in 1832 to assist boats entering and leaving Port Clyde Harbor. The original lighthouse was a 20-foot (6.1 m) tower lit by seven lard oil lamps with 14-inch reflectors.[1]

The original tower was replaced with the present lighthouse in 1857. The lighthouse is a 31-foot (9.4 m) tall white brick tower on a granite foundation. The tower was originally lit with a 5th order Fresnel lens. A raised wooden walkway connects the tower to land.[1]

In 1895, the original keeper’s house was destroyed by lightning. A Colonial Revival style house was built to replace it. An oil house and a bell tower with a 1,000-pound (450 kg) bell were added in 1898. The bell was replaced with a fog horn in 1969.[1]

The lighthouse was automated in 1980 and the original Fresnel lens was replaced with a modern 12 inches (300 mm) optic.[4] The original lens is at the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland. In 1986, the St. George Historical Society restored the keeper’s house and established the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum there, presenting the histories of Marshall Point Light and other nearby lighthouses.[4] The light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[3]   ” wikipedia

 

Like the Portland head lighthouse this was another one that you could walk right up to and touch.  There is a warning sign from the Coast Guard though at the beginning of the walkway that says the horn still sounds and does so without warning. be advised to stay back 100 feet when it does.  While I did walk out to it (and then quickly back) I never did hear it sound; I was hoping it would.

A bit of interesting trivia about this lighthouse is that it appeared in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump when he was doing his famous long run.  And that’s all I’ve got to say about that😉

 

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Marshall Point Lighthouse – Port Clyde, Maine

This was one of those side trips which involved getting off the main Maine highway and disappearing into the forest; driving through smaller cities and towns until we arrived literally at the end of the road – here.

 

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Preparations

The house is just about complete with holiday decorations on the inside and our wreath that is battery operated with a timer just arrived today so I need to find the right size batteries for it.  But more than that, I am busy either ordering presents to be shipped back home or getting gift cards which will be placed in cards and taken with me on my upcoming trip.  Every other day I get the grandbaby of the day photo from my son and daughter in law and it just fills my heart with so much joy.  I’m also surprised at how his big brother and sister have grown; need to put some heavy weights on their heads.

DH has to stay home because of work scheduling… I hope the house will be as I left it when I return😉

(This decorated sled isn’t mine but I do have one like it; maybe I should try a bit of DIY on it.  This was on display outside of a local antique shop.)

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Stopover in Portland, Maine

At a charming older hotel, the Portland Regency.  They upgraded our room to one with a balcony which had some interesting views such as straight down the street towards the harbor, across and up the street with views of businesses, people going about their day, I think some apartments and restaurants.  Then there was one particular view directly across the street from our balcony containing some rather “naughty” graffiti.

That was cropped out of the last photo here😉

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Return to Maine – Around the Portland Head Lighthouse

Just a few shots from around the lighthouse and another of the lighthouse itself as the fog and rain came in.  I can only imagine how it looks now with snow being in the area as compared to when we were there in September.

 

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Last night in New Mexico

On our last night in New Mexico the sky put on quite the sundown show as I took this photo from our hotel balcony.  I will be leaving the New Mexico series and returning to where I left off in Maine for a couple of days… and then I will be very very busy practicing newborn photography and singing lullabies.

I am so looking forward to that 😍

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