Maine Lights

Back in August, Tim and I went to Maine for a long weekend. This month we vacationed in Maine with my brother and his wife, Chris and Carol Lutz. We'd planned this trip for a year, and it lived up to our expectations.

We arrived in Portland and after lunch went to see the Portland Lighthouse.

It was majestic and beautiful, and we couldn't have picked a better day to see it.

The next day we walked out to the Rockland Lighthouse. It's an amazing experience. You walk out on huge rocks that are somehow held together to make a path through the water to the lighthouse.

Here's Tim with Chris and Carol.

That's how our vacation started. Maine's coast is beautiful and rugged, and we saw the leaves starting to turn red and yellow. I'll share more about our trip later.

Psalm 8: 1-4
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

Just for fun...buried treasure

Have you ever seen people combing the beach with a metal detector? I suppose they're looking for buried treasure. In a slow rhythmic motion the swing the machine back and forth. Once in a while they'll stop and dig for an item, but I've never seen anybody jump for joy or throw a fist in the air and let out a victory whoop. Have you?

Once Tim lost the car keys on a beach in Florida, and a kind soul with a metal detector helped him find the keys. By the time they were found, I'm sure Tim cheered with relief.

We're planning a trip to Maine, and I was curious about buried treasure. We usually visit the Carolinas where there are stories of Blackbeard and other pirates, but I didn't know about up North.

It turns out there may be buried treasure in Maine. My research shows Captain Kidd may have buried at least 45 treasures in Maine around Wiscasset. Bucksport is another area known to have buried treasure from pirates as well as the mouth of the Penobscot River. These pictures are from the Bucksport area.

I don't think I'll plan a vacation around finding buried treasure though. When I go on vacation I like to relax and spend time with family and friends. Spending time with family is better than finding any buried treasure.

Flag of the Week

This weeks flag is from Castine, Maine.

The day we visited Castine was on and off foggy. Last week I shared about our visit to Dyce Head Lighthouse. Castine is a charming coastal town full of charm. Maine Maritime Academy is located in Castine. It's a four-year institution for officers and engineers for the United States Merchant Marine and similar industries.

Boats moored in the water captured my attention. I've seen boats tied up at docks, but before our trip I'd never seen boats sitting in the water without occupants. I learned it's like parking your car in a parking lot. You pick your spot and take the keys with you so nobody steals your boat.

Dyce Head Lighthouse

In Castine, Maine you'll find the Dyce Head Lighthouse. (Some people spell it Dice.) This was the one lighthouse we saw on our quick trip to Maine in August.

The lighthouse is located on a peninsula on the east side of the entrance to Penobscot River. It is positioned on a natural area, and the ground are open to the public. The house is lived in and not open to visitors.

The light first shone on November 5, 1828, but it was decommissioned in 1937 and moved to a nearby skeletal tower. The tower was turned over to Castine in 1956. In 2007 a microburst knocked over the skeleton tower. After that the Coast Guard installed a light in the Dice Head tower, so the Dyce Head Lighthouse again shines.

Flag of the Week

This week's flag comes from Lake Alamoosook in Maine. I've always loved the water and mostly vacationed around the Atlantic Ocean. My first time to stay in a lake house was magical. The water was tranquil and clear. You could see fish in the water and rocks on the bottom of the lake. My time at Lake Alamoosook was much too short.

I want to share a few more pictures from this beautiful area. Enjoy!

Job 4:7-10 NIV 7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Maine Lobster

Last weekend I spent a long weekend in Maine. One place we visited was Wood's Seafood situated on a back road near Alamoosook Lake.

We purchased halibut and had a delicious dinner with it as our main course. Mr. Wood showed me the lobsters and explained in the state of Maine you are limited to the size of lobster you catch. If it's too small, throw it back. If it's too large, throw it back. Because of a shellfish allergy, I can't let myself be tempted to eat lobster, but I remembered the days when I could.

Thanks to Mollie Heron for taking us to Mr. Wood's Seafood Shop, and thanks to Mr. Wood for taking time out to talk to me.