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Viewing Maine from here in Minnesota: Photograph odds n’ ends

07/31/2015
West Penobscot Bay, Rockport, Maine.

West Penobscot Bay, Rockport, Maine.

Jen and I returned to Minnesota last week and things have slowed down enough to look back at pictures from our last six months in Maine. Mark in Maine readers can get one last look at the vast beauty, historic charm and quirky color that dominates this great state. Enjoy

Jen cross-country skiing. Acadia National Park

Jen cross-country skiing. Acadia National Park

 

Maine battled through one of the toughest winters on record but it wasn’t enough to stop Jen and I from getting to Acadia National Park (twice!) for some amazing cross-country skiing.

I guess rough winters make for great skiing.

That’s Jen rockin’ down the Upper Hadlock Loop trail.

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House. Hartland, Maine

House. Hartland, Maine

Hartland, population 1,700,  sits right in the middle of Maine. A sprawling tannery straddles the Sebasticook River as it roars through town. The business looks just open enough to keep the place alive.

I photographed this empty house as friends bought an old leather sample book from a former tannery employee down the street. Come to think of it, the guy may have just given it to them.

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19th Century map of Bangor, Maine

19th Century map of Bangor, Maine

Our old neighborhood!

A detail from a framed map hanging at the Bangor Historical Society‘s Thomas A. Hill House Museum shows where Jen and I lived for the last three years.

Our house was on the corner of Mill Lane and Ohio Street, the road that runs horizontally through the picture. Sometime after this map was made, Mill Lane was dead ended and its name was changed to Holland Street. The covered bridge and mills along the Kenduskeag Street are long gone.

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Bathroom poster. Chase's Daily. Belfast, Maine

Bathroom poster. Chase’s Daily. Belfast, Maine

Chase’s Daily was one of our favorite restaurants in Maine.

A hip vegetarian restaurant with odd hours, a cool staff and a farmer’s market in back on weekends.

Oh, and killer cinnamon rolls.

The restaurant always showed wonderful work from local artists – even in the bathroom.

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Bakery. Biddeford, Maine

Bakery. Biddeford, Maine

Never made it inside this place but if the donuts were as good as the sign we might have moved to Biddeford…

Mill District. Biddeford, Maine.

Mill District. Biddeford, Maine.

And I could have worked at the Pepperell textile mill downtown, it employed 10,000 people in 1900.

Oh wait, the last bit of the mill closed for good in 2009.

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Jen & Jen at the beach, Kennebunk, Maine

Jen & Jen at the beach, Kennebunk, Maine

We celebrated JenFest a little early this year. The Jens both have birthdays in November but the party started early during a glorious Labor Day weekend on the beach at Kennebunk.

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Mount Kineo, Moosehead Lake, Maine

Mount Kineo, Moosehead Lake, Maine

We heard a ferry-boat hauled hikers and golfers to Mount Kineo State Park, an island on Moosehead Lake. We didn’t know it would be a pontoon boat with a zip up shell.

It made for a rough boat ride but a fantastic hike.

 

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One Comment
  1. John Freed permalink

    Great pictures as always. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences in Maine and I hope you can return occasionally to visit. Glad to have you back in Minnesota and we look forward to posts from Lake Superior.

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