Category Archives: Postcards

Postcard From Burlington, Vermont

When In Vermont…Ben and Jerry’s

What better symbol of Vermont than a Ben & Jerry’s?  While this is not the original – it was torn down long ago – this one is the flagship store in downtown Burlington.  The factory is located a few miles east in Waterbury, but the store and visitor center are undergoing renovation and currently closed.  We made do with this one.  What flavor did we choose? New York Super Fudge Chunk – Chocolate Ice Cream with White & Dark Fudge Chunks, Pecans, Walnuts & Fudge-Covered Almonds!

Site of the original Ben & Jerry’s store in downtown Burlington, Vermont
When In Vermont…Ben and Jerry’s

Postcard From King Arthur Baking Company, Vermont

The King Arthur Baking Company store in Norwich, Vermont

Who knew there were so many kinds of flour?  I guess I did, but seeing so many varieties in one place was fascinating.  Kathy & I like bread, but like so many things, we like to eat it but are happy for others’ passion in baking it!  But it was the first stop after we crossed into Vermont, so we stopped in, wandered around, took a few pictures and left.  It was pretty busy, we didn’t have anything we wanted to take home, and knew that we would soon have other “souvenir” opportunities – in the afternoon we stopped and purchased at (a) a distillery, (b) a maple syrup and cheese farm, and (c) a maple syrup museum (who knew?).

The King Arthur Baking Company store in Norwich, Vermont

Postcard From White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire

Beaver Pond on SR 112 near North Woodstock, New Hampshire. In White Mountains National Forest

We’re now in Vermont, but I wanted to post another photo of some of the small amounts of fall color we’ve been seeing.  This is from a spot along SR 112 – before the official start of the Kancamagus Highway.  We actually had (slightly) better conditions on the west side of the “Kanc” while the Highway itself was largely socked in with fog.

Postcard From West Quoddy Head, Maine

Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Maine, at the Easternmost Point in the continental US

We visited Quoddy Head State Park today, location of the Quoddy Head Lighthouse as well as the Easternmost Point in the US.  That gives us the two easiest of the four, along with Key West.  The Northernmost and Westernmost Points are a bit more challenging. 😉

Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Maine, at the Easternmost Point in the continental US

Bird Humor And More

A formation of cormorants over the Gulf of Maine

Naturalist/guide on our boat cruise: “You often see these V formations with one side longer than the other.  You know why that is?  More birds on that side.” 🙂

We got a little wet and a lot chilly on our ride around the Desert Island Narrows, but saw 4 more lighthouses (I’ve spared you the photos), some seals, some harbor porpoises, lots of birds and some beautiful clouds.  The overcast skies made for some nice photo-friendly lighting.  Something for everyone!

Interesting clouds over the Gulf of Maine – I want to say these are altostratus clouds – someone might know better than me!
Harbor seal at Egg Rock Lighthouse, off the coast of Maine near Northeast Harbor

Lahbstah Dinnah

Lobsterman hauling up lobster traps – coastal Maine near Mount Desert Island

We took a harbor cruise out of Bar Harbor today – 4 more lighthouses!  During the cruise our captain arranged (likely pre-arranged) to rendezvous with a lobsterman as he was tending his traps.  We got to see him pull 6 out of his trap.  Our guide told us that the solo lobsterman probably tended on average 150 traps a day.  That’s a lot of lobster!  There are lobster traps everywhere – every harbor is dotted with their buoys.

These guys will probably be on someone’s plate in the near future!

Postcard From Cadillac Mountain, Maine

Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine

Kathy and I joined several hundred of our closest friends this morning to be the first people in the US to see the sun.  I took a bunch of photos and some of them turned out OK.  But it was mostly about the experience of being there, and we were there.  And yes, Kathy joined me in arising at 4am to make the trek to the top.  She didn’t want to miss it any more than she wanted me to miss it.  It was worth the effort, for sure! 😉

Reservations are required for sunrise, and they are limited.  I managed to book mine months ago, and I was glad I did.  In a perfect world I would have wished for a few clouds on the horizon.  But it wasn’t too cold, it wasn’t raining, and we could actually see the sun.  So it was as good as we might have hoped for!

Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine

Another Lighthouse…With A Bonus!

Marshall Point Lighthouse near Saint George, Maine

We visited Marshall Point Lighthouse near Saint George, Maine this morning.  As it turned out, there was a group of people doing a photo shoot for an upcoming LL Bean catalog.  We stood around and watched for a while.  It was quite interesting to see how much work goes into just one photo in a catalog or on a website.  Beautiful location for a shoot, however!  And the people were all very friendly.  The guy in charge talked to us for a while and complimented me on my camera.

LL Bean Catalog photo shoot at the Marshall Point Lighthouse near Saint George, Maine