Newcastle – South Portland, Maine – another segment of my Maine photos from last my June vacation. I know that some of these photos will have been seen by folks on Facebook but not everyone is on FB so sorry if you have seen some. While waiting for the granddaughter’s graduation, I had a chance to do some “local” traveling. When I lived in Maine, it was rare for us to come south unless we were traveling through on our way to somewhere else. The Portland area was rarely a “destination”. This time with time on my hands, I spent some time checking out the lighthouses and some of the local sites.
I also had some time to check Mr. B’s parents gravesite in the Jefferson area. We had been unable to pay a visit in a couple of years and I wanted to stop by and pay my respects. Highland Cemetary is a beautiful cemetery on a hillside that overlooks Clary Lake.
From there, I headed back toward Route 1 and Georgetown, which would be my next stop. I passed a bunch of folks out in their old cars ready to come out of a side road. I hurried up the road and stopped along the side, jumped out of the car and grabbed my camera. I got a photo of quite a few of them as they passed me by, many of them waving to me. Here they come!
A short time after leaving the spot where I photographed the cars, I arrived at this corner. Seriously, it is called “Cowshit Corner” in Newcastle, Maine. I have to say – they have really come up in the world since I was last there. Just check out this fancy sign.I finally arrived in Georgetown and grabbed just a couple of photos when daughter called me to invite me to dinner and to meet her new guy. The only photos that I got in Georgetown are next. A cove with boats – big surprise, huh!I then saw this old garage. I don’t think it can be considered an abandoned building because it appears that it is still used. Still, it is quite unusual. Did you see that “Deer Crossing” sign in the middle. By the looks of those antlers hanging, I don’t think many deer cross here twice. I had a very enjoyable dinner with daughter and her new guy. It was so nice to finally meet him and to see her again. Unfortunately, photos that I took of them were not all that clear. After dinner, I headed down the road back to Portland. It was a beautiful evening so I put “Bug Light” into my GPS and off I went. Don’t know if I mentioned this ever, but I LOVE the GPS technology. I drove all over Maine with help from the little lady that directs me. *grin* This night, I came away from Bug Light after dark and made it back to my hotel room with absolutely no problem. As a general rule, I try not to even drive at night anymore but there I was, driving though one of Maine’s largest cities, all alone – and I didn’t get lost. Oh yeah, I love my GPS.
So, Bug Light is the neatest little lighthouse. From the South Portland website:
“Bug Light Park, the eastern terminus of the Greenbelt Walkway, offers expansive views of Portland Harbor and the skyline of Maine’s largest city. The nearly 9 acre park was the site of major shipbuilding activity during WWII. An estimated 30,000 people were employed here from 1941-1945 building liberty ships for the New England Shipbuilding Corp. and the South Portland Shipbuilding Corp. Although far less bustling today, Bug Light Park is a popular destination for picnicking, boating and kite flying. A busy boat launching area (seasonal fees required) and a liberty ship memorial are at opposite ends of the park. In between is a paved walkway along the shore and out to Bug Light itself.
Portland Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1875 and is one of Maine’s most elegant lighthouses. Though modeled on an ancient Greek monument, it was built with plates of cast iron. It was dubbed “Bug Light” due to its small size.”