Y’all… I should really learn the lesson that it’s not worth it to eat food on vacation. Just not worth it! 😛 Okay, so that’s a total and complete utterly idiotic falsehood. I did, however, curse the fact that for the first time in a long time I ate me a Belgian waffle with syrup for breakfast on the morning of day 7 and it was possibly the most idiotic idea of my entire trip. It did not sit well and I spent the rest of the day wanting to hurl every 5 seconds, amongst other things. Too much information? Buck up, sport! I did see a lot of the inside of a stall in the local Hannaford’s Supermarket chain on this day. Shame I didn’t take any pictures because they were glorious… best scenery yet. (insert sarcasm bone!) But it did give Madre an opportunity to go shopping at Marshall’s and then get a manicure after having picked at her fingernails the whole trip. Laws almighty. Side note: Is the main ingredient in them chewable Pepto Bismols chalk… because seriously… I wrote my name on the sidewalk with one.
Sickness be danged… I was still determined to see the sights of Portland, Maine. It was one of the cities I was most looking forward to due to my HUGE lighthouse afficionado club… I’m not only a member, I’m the club geekident! There was a time in my life when you could have walked in my bedroom and been punched in the face with lighthouses. I used to decorate in all lighthouse… it was gag-worthy actually, I had so much crap. Today, you won’t find many lighthouse items… maybe 2 at the most… but I still have a love for the lighthouses… land-locked states be durned!
Our first lighthouse was in Cape Elizabeth, Maine at the Two Lights State Park. There were 2 lighthouses visible from this vantage point, but they were privately owned, so we couldn’t get up close and personal. No matter… I saw them and then stood on the rocky beach and took in the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean… I guess it was the Atlantic Ocean… either that or Casco Bay/Gulf of Maine. It was water… let’s put it that way!
Y’all… check out this “rocking” chair! Get it? Oh laws, I slay myself. Cool chair with a nice view, but holy hard seat, batman! We then drove down a bit further to one of my most favorite lighthouses (based on pictures alone), Portland Head Lighthouse, which is the most photographed lighthouse in the USA. This one you could actually get up close and personal with. Not like I asked it out or anything, but we were able to walk around the grounds.
This unflattering picture was brought to you by the letter W for WINDY! Toto, we ain’t in Kansas anymore! After gawking for a while around that joint, we saw one more lighthouse, which I was too sick to want to walk out to, so got a picture from the car:
This is when Madre’s shopping spree and manicure came in handy. I’m sure she had a glorious time! We then headed to downtown Portland… looked at some shops walked around a bit. There were 2 things Madre talked about wanting to do most before we headed out on the trip… the first was shopping at H&M (CHECK) and the 2nd was eating a lobster roll in Maine. Whatever flips your dress up in the air, Madre. We got recommendations from several shop owners on where the best place to get said lobster would be, and all of them said J’s Oyster Bar. Okey dokey… it’s an oyster bar… but I’ll play along. It was mostly a dive.
I think Madre talked so long about her lobster roll that she was a bit disappointed with it. Such is the life of a lobster afficianado. Stick with lighthouses… they rarely disappoint!
We then drove back to Two Lights State Park to eat some homemade Maine blueberry pie… the other most talked about item on Madre’s list. This, she loved… I think it made up for the lackluster lobster!
Besides that… you couldn’t beat this view!
Maine… let’s do it again sometime… next time with less Belgian waffles and Hannafords!!
Question of the Day: I used to collect lighthouse paraphrenelia… do you collect anything?
Have a great weekend, friends! Bore you all again on Mondee!