Dispatch from the Field: The Red Phase – Fall Color and Lobster

fall color pano

We somehow stumbled into Maine during the height of Fall Color Season. When you start your trip in August, with a flexible and oft-changing schedule, you have no clue when the show will begin, but we got lucky this year. And we didn’t have to go far to find it. This tree was next to our RV site:

rv site tree

Sometimes, it was fun to just inhale the intense splash of color:

splash of color

Other times we savored the mixture of greens and yellows and purples and reds, with a pond thrown in for good measure:

mixture of colors

Touring Acadia National Park, you get it all:

Acadia everything

Watching the waves from the Atlantic Ocean crash into the rocky shore was mesmerizing even without the changing colors of Fall:

rocky shore b:w

Beyond Acadia National Park and the opportunity for leaf-peeping, Maine is known for lobster. Sometimes the best part of lobster is the people who are attached to them:

bob and kathie.jpg

Bob and Kathie are friends from our time in Clovis, California. They are not only great people but big supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs. She grew up in Maine, inherited some of the family coastal property, and they go back and forth between California and Maine. Our luck, they were in Maine while we were passing through, and they invited us over for lobster supper. A seminar in how to eat lobster was included, and the meal and conversation were wonderful. We enjoyed lobster so much we went to a number of other lobster suppers:

lobster pot

It doesn’t get any fresher than this:

fresh as it gets

 

And you can’t beat the price for Maine lobster in Maine! Complete lobster dinners for 18.95!

Being from Portland Oregon, we couldn’t go to New England without visiting Portland Maine, which has a lovely, very walkable waterfront and downtown area. There was a remarkable community art project consisting of nothing but a mass of colorful locks:

lock art

It reminded me of the Pearl District with its art galleries:

art gallery

and interesting shops and restaurants, including a unique donut shop featuring REAL MAINE POTATOES:

donut shop

And, of course, there was lobster:

portland lobster.jpg

 

With this dispatch, the West Coast to East Coast portion of the trip is complete, and the Portland (ME) to Portland (OR) leg of the Tour begins. How we get there is anyone’s guess.

10 thoughts on “Dispatch from the Field: The Red Phase – Fall Color and Lobster

  1. Absolutely gorgeous colors! So glad you hit it right! Also delighted that your Clovis friends were there to teach you the ins and outs of lobster feasting! Another great dispatch!!!

    On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 7:25 AM, 2 WASTED MINUTES wrote:

    > Ken Fransen posted: ” We somehow stumbled into Maine during the height of > Fall Color Season. When you start your trip in August, with a flexible and > oft-changing schedule, you have no clue when the show will begin, but we > got lucky this year. And we didn’t have to go far to ” >

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  2. Truly amazing photos! The color is spectacular, and your eye and camera do them justice!

    On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 7:25 AM, 2 WASTED MINUTES wrote:

    > Ken Fransen posted: ” We somehow stumbled into Maine during the height of > Fall Color Season. When you start your trip in August, with a flexible and > oft-changing schedule, you have no clue when the show will begin, but we > got lucky this year. And we didn’t have to go far to ” >

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  3. Great journaling! Enjoyed your posts and pictures. Aren’t the maple trees spectacular??!! Travel safely on your way back. You have had nice weather for the west to east leg. We hope the return journey treats you well. We will be watching to see what route you take. Best wishes from warm Saskatchewan😊 Jean and Harvey

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    1. Many thanks and glad you are still enjoying this blog. We certainly got luck with the timing in Maine. I wish Ontario had produced an equal display, but they apparently decided to save money on Red, and focused more on the Yellows this year. Also on wind. Stay warm! Winter is coming.

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  4. Great Maine photos; I especially enjoyed the color rocky coast at Acadia and the Portland street scene at the Art Gallery.  You and Carol really hit some amazing “leaf peeping”!!! Safe and interesting travels on your return West. Betsy Sullivan

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    1. Thanks Betsy! We hit just right in Maine for Fall Color. The rest of the country seems to have skipped the Fall Color part, going straight to the Leaf Drop part. Appreciate your comments and hope to see you again sometime soon.

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