Maine – Day 2: Cobblestones, Lighthouses, and Coastlines

Brittany Swanson   September 15, 2015   Comments Off on Maine – Day 2: Cobblestones, Lighthouses, and Coastlines

Today was MAGICAL. The brisk breeze, partly cloudy sky, and warmth under the shining sun were a welcome contrast from yesterday's day long overcast sky and misty rain.

Cobblestoned street in Portland, ME

Old Port, Portland, ME

I started my adventure today with a trip to Old Port, the historical section of Portland still rocking cobblestoned streets. [Fun fact: it is unwise to run on a cobblestone street - I nearly broke my ankle trying to make sure my meter didn't expire.] As if the wonderful weather wasn't enough of a reminder that the universe was on my side today, no sooner did I turn the corner after parking than see the sign for Maine Potters Market. If you read yesterday's post, you know that yesterday I picked up a brochure for Maine Potters Market and was hoping to check it out this week. Mission accomplished! Verdict: I'm glad I happened across it. The pieces were incredibly beautiful, though a little pricy. Barbara Walch was my favorite potter. I really liked her style and the unique look to her pieces, especially the covered jar and teapot (first column, second one down; first column, fifth one down, respectively).

I wandered up and down the streets of Old Port going wherever I felt drawn. By far the best find in Old Port was this view of the harbor:

Picture of buildings on either side and a fishing boat sitting on the wharf on a cloudy blue sky day, with the water reflecting the sky.

View from the Wharf in Old Port, Portland, ME.

Picture of a fence with thousands of locks on it representing people's love for each other.

Lock Fence on Commercial St between Dana St. & Moulton St. in Portland, ME.

Before I left her apartment this morning, I asked my friend Bridget what sights I should see in Portland. She recommended the Portland Head Light, a walk by the water near the Lobster Shack, and to see the lock fence near Old Port. To my pleasant surprise, I found the lock fence on accident, when I took a left as I came out of the wharf above.

I stopped at the park on Middle St. between Exchange St. and Market St. and ate the peanut butter and jelly sandwich I had packed for lunch. There's a Starbucks on the corner of Middle St. and Exchange St. which was convenient because their free Wifi reached the park and I was able to check my email and respond to a Couchsurfing host about staying with them later this week.

After lunch I drove to see the famous Portland Head Light. The Head Light's claim to fame is that it is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. It is also claimed to be the most photographed lighthouse, or so I've heard. If you're interested, you can read more about the history of the lighthouse here. I wandered around the surrounding Fort Williams Park area and enjoyed the costal view for a few hours. Here are some highlights:

I'd spent about four hours at Fort Williams Park, so I got back in the car and headed to the Lobster Shack to figure out why Bridget liked roaming around there. Even though it was pretty cloudy when I got there I could instantly see why she liked it. It was breathtaking. The rocks almost seemed to be an extension of the ocean itself. They were smooth and rippled and on this cloudy day the colors were similar to the ocean's. 

What a lovely day. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Old Port, hiking around Fort Williams Park, and wandering along the coast in front of the Lobster Shack. If every day of 50 States in 50 Weeks is this wonderful I'm going to have the best year ever!