There are so many great places to visit when we go to Maine but sometimes it can be a bit of a drive to get to them. In the past when I had driven 18 hours to get to Maine, we didn't make too many long trips on top of that. This year we didn't have as much time to take long trips; we flew from Memphis to Maine but then there was 4 hours of driving on top of a day of flying.
One of our adventures this year was to drive to the easternmost point in the United States to visit the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse and have some lunch in the town of Lubec. (Despite its eastern US location, the lighthouse is called West Quoddy Head because there is a lighthouse further east on Campobello Island (Canada) that gets the name East Quoddy Head.)
Jack remembered visiting the lighthouse a couple years ago and he remembered posing in front of the granite that says "Easternmost Point in the USA". This year, he became a little camera hog, posing multiple times in front of the sign and directing everyone else to get in or out of the pictures. It was a refreshing change from the faces he's been making lately when I take pictures.
Casey rarely turns down an opportunity to pose for the camera.
Jack is also a big fan of getting his photo taken in any type of wooden cutout with a place for his head.
After walking around the lighthouse and checking out the displays inside the lighthouse, we walked down to a set of stairs that lead to the beach. There were lots of rocks to climb on and rocks to walk on and rocks to throw.
Grampie followed Casey pretty closely around on the rocks. It's so hard to watch her climb on them because every time she takes a step she appears to lose her balance and looks like she is going to fall. She didn't have any big falls which I thinks was a combination of supervision and that fact that she can climb on them despite how it looks. She gained a lot of confidence in her rock climbing while we were in Maine but that only made her braver and more likely to fall because she was being silly at times.
We had lunch at a restaurant in Lubec, Maine overlooking the water. The lobster boats were to the left and the bridge to Campobello Island was to the right. It was a beautiful day. The kids and Grampie climbed around on the breakwater and played on another beach.
On the way out of town, we stopped at Monica's Chocolates to find some treats. Monica grew up in Peru and bases some of her chocolates on recipes she remembered growing up with her family. She met us at the door and immediately gave the kids balloons and a chocolate lollipop. She then treated the grown-ups with some samples. We all walked out with bags of chocolate and I even found a cute Peruvian necklace to buy.
It was a great Maine adventure...we drove on some dirt roads, saw a lighthouse, climbed on the rocks, ate lunch overlooking the water and got some Maine/Peruvian chocolate :)