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 Mount Washington, New Hampshire

At the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire – 6,288 feet. 30 degrees, 40 mph wind and blowing freezing rain!

Blue skies and sunshine just wouldn’t have been the right way to experience Mount Washington, said to have the “worst weather in the country” according to some.  We saw no sunshine today, and in fact were amazed at the strength of the blowing snow, ice and wind at the summit.  We rode the cog railway – no way were they letting cars to the top in those conditions!

Lots of fall color around, although we were faced with a lot of fog, rain and tourists.  Photos to follow, however!

Freezing conditions at the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Evidence Of A Meticulous Mechanic

Evidence of a meticulous mechanic! Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania

I spotted these tool boards while we were visiting Steamtown National Historical Park in Scranton, PA.  I was on a catwalk over the work area and didn’t have a way to access the main floor for a better view.  I’d like to meet this guy! 🙂

Evidence of a meticulous mechanic! Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania

As I often do when we travel, I’ve been adding selected photos to a page on my Adobe Portfolio website.  Check back periodically as I add more as often as I can.  Just know that I’m a few weeks behind!

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

Photographs and stuff!