Thursday, August 27, 2009

End of summer day trip...

Can one be a tourist if they are not 'from away'? According to the dictionary....
(1 : one that makes a tour for pleasure or culture)......YES YOU CAN!   So we did.....

Living in Maine is picturesque no matter what you do. But there are some places that are so beautiful, I almost feel like I see it for the first time, even after the jakillionith time.

The other gorgeous day we took a day trip to Ogunquit, Maine. Drive up or down route one, turn toward the ocean in the center of Ogunquit and head to Perkins Cove.

Parking is limited IN Perkins Cove, although you can try. It's $3 an hour there. Or you can do what we did and park in a gravel parking lot just before the entrance to Perkins Cove. It cost $8 for as long as you want. You can walk anywhere from there, to the Cove or back onto the main street.

Here is my personal travelogue.....I hope you enjoy it. Come to Maine!!

Welcoming sign to Perkins Cove.

The first restaurant you see entering the Cove itself is Barnacle Billys. Great seafood. They do have valet parking. I do believe that is the actual valet hunk standing there under the 'brella.

This is the second Barnacle Billys food place. Tables for their ice cream service. Both restaurants are right on the Kennebunk River. This river is heading into the ocean, which is right there. The river part of the Cove is what creates the harbor.

Some of the boats in the river. NOTE THE LITTLE BRIDGE IN THE BACK. (click on photo to englarge.)

This is the view from up on that little foot bridge. But, what to do when this sailboat wants to go under it?? The bridge is NOT taller than that mast. Problem.

Well, not really a problem if someone notices you. You see, it's a do it yourself draw bridge. Except you can't do it yourself  if you are actually on the sailboat. You have to count on the good graces of someone standing on or near to bridge to go up there and push a button!!!!

This guy was the self appointed button pusher designee. He was so excited to do it he was talking about quitting his day job! The sailboat cruised through unscathed.
I guess if you're a practical joker, you could possibly walk away at this point, separating families from each other forever that have become stuck on either side of the bridge.
But, having a heart, this bridge operator pushed the button again and let the bridge down.

One way folks get around from all the hotels and resorts is by trolley for $1.50. You can go up and down the main street, to the Cove or to the large sandy beach on the other side of an inlet.

This is a view of a street in the Cove area.
There are lots of food establishments. We chose this one situated right on the water. It was called Jackie's Too.

All the tables right on the water's edge were full, so we were one row in. After we sat down for 5 minutes, a table right next to us became vacant. But it was OK, we were close enough.

I splurged on a Lobster Roll. ($14.95)

After lunch we decided to stroll down Marginal Way, an absolutely gorgeous walkway along the ocean's edge between Perkins Cove and downtown Ogunquit.

It's a well maintained path meandering along the Atlantic.

The waves have calmed considerably from 2 days before, when Hurricane Bill rolled through.

There are many benches along the way to rest and contemplate.

Check out the little rock sculptures would be artists create along the way. (Click on pic to enlarge...)
The Patriot's Day Storm in April, 2007, did a lot of destruction in Maine. (Ask ME, lost everything in the cellar and insurance wouldn't cover the supposed 'flood'....but that's another story.) (We are NOT in a flood zone and on a hill. It still was deemed a flood...) (Not that I'm still pissed about it or anything.....grrrrrr....)  (Know your insurance policy!) Anywho.....

Enlarge this photo....people sunning themselves on the nice, soft rocks.
A lot of improvements were made after the 2007 storm, such as these stairs to the water and nice, level areas made for all the benches, etc. 

Marginal way comes out behind several resorts, and onto the main drag. A quick walk up to route one presents you with lots of shops and restaurants.

We strolled into this place....

And got this.
This is 3 Muskateers icecream. Seems like coffee icecream with big chunks of chocolate and some syrup that looks like motor oil mixed in.

A wonderful, wonderful day.


Piecefulafternoon said...

I've always wanted to come to Maine - thanks for the nice vacation.

Kathleen said...

Looks like you had a perfect day. It was nice to seepics of Perkins Cove. When I lived in Saco we used to go down at least a couple times a year. Seems I was more carefree then, and had more time. I think a trip to any beach is in order for me......real soon. Hugs, Kathleen

Anonymous said...

what great photos! (especially the one of the family sitting by the water taken from above, very cute!)

i've never been to Maine but have always wanted to go. one of these days i'll make it out there...

brattcat said...

We were going to come to Maine for a couple of days but I feel as if I've just spent some delightful time there, trekking along beside you. Thanks for sharing your perfect day with us!

Deb Shucka said...

What a gloriously perfect summer day. There's nothing quite like a sunny day at the beach - no matter what the beach. Thank you so much for sharing yours. Some of our favorite "tours" are within two hours of home.

Pam said...

Thanks for the tour Elenka. It was great, particularly as I never went to Maine when I was in the U.S.(long time ago now).You've gone to a lot of time and trouble with this post, but admiring your artwork in the previous post, I acknowledge that you'd be no stranger to patience!! It's a beautiful work of art.Thanks for this latest peek into your country and your recent visit and comment.

Fearless Nester said...

We spent our 10th anniversary at Perkins Cove years ago. I really enjoyed seeing your makes me want to make another trip there again...thanks for sharing!

cam said...

Thanks for the tour, Elenka. The closeup photo of the ocean splashing against those rocks was spectacular. As well as the umbrella hunk!!!

tales from an oc cottage said...

What a gorgeous day!

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Debbie said...

Oh Elenka...thanks for the reminder of just how lucky we are to live in Maine!! I haven't been to Ogunquit in a very long time...looks like I need to take a vacation there...even if I am NOT from away! Ha ha...only Mainers will get that one huh? Great photos and what a nice story. If I didn't live in Maine, reading your story and seeing your photos would have made me want to move here! Nice job. Sorry I have not been around, as we are STILL under construction but getting very close...about two more weeks. The furniture gets delivered soon...the floor is almost done, the painting is done, we shop for lights this weekend and on and on. Thanks for the Maine memories my friend.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous Elenka.... I feel the same way about my state of Tennessee.. We ALL live in special places. BUT---yours is EXTRA-special!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Lynda said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely photo's of a special corner of the world with us - I'd love to visit it one day ! (Love the look of the lobster & the ice cream, too !)

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Perekins Cove in Ogunquit is one of my fave vacation stops.

Barnicle Billy's is always a good take.


Evansmom said...

I love very close to here but never make the trip. Thanks for reminding me how much I like the Marginal Way.

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