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Ogunquit was beautiful. We relaxed at the rocky part of the shore along the Marginal Way trail. The surf was clear and pounding; families congregated in each of the coves, and the throngs of beach-goers were along the sand beach in the distance. Marginal Way is an easy stroll along the shore, heavily traveled in summer.
In 2002 we rose early and departed from Brunswick through Topsham and Auburn/Lewiston on 196, taking 121 through Mechanic Falls, and getting onto 26N, onto Norway and South Paris, north on 26 from Bethel, then into Grafton Notch State Park. Wes spotted a real live moose along the way (the only one we saw the whole trip). We first stopped at Screw Auger Falls, which was a nice cascade of waterfalls with a gorge at the bottom resembling an auger bit hole that had been crafted by rushing water over the years. We next entered the “notch”, which is a mountain pass or gap, and parked in the parking lot right in the crux and on the AT. We took the climb to the Eyebrow 2.1M RT on Eyebrow Trail Loop (Orange blazes off white-blazed AT), which would descend via the white blazed AT on our return. The hike was very steep and challenging, seemed much longer than 2.1 miles, had lots of rocks and tree roots, but was cool and quiet. My boys surprisingly did not complain too much. A low cloud cover hampered the views of the mountainside. We rested at the top, had a brief snack, and met a nice couple, who had hiked to the top of Old Speck and spent the night. Afterwards, my family made me vow not to do another exhausting hike like that again, even though we all felt like we had accomplished a major trek. Seems now there are ladders and ropes to help get up the hill - we had only used tree roots. Quite steep and challenging, but rewarding.
My parents are from Portland and Biddeford, and I loved our periodic visits to southern Maine when I was young. We enjoyed the Cape Elizabeth area, and I have been to Two Lights many times over the years. I have vivid memories of climbing on the rocks as a kid...and of the foghorn going off once when we were within a few feet of it!
We parked at the Samoset resort, although there was parking at the road right next to the jetty, and hiked to the end of the Breakwater Light jetty, a 1.5 -mile hike in each direction. A destroyer was anchored just off the lighthouse, which was closed for repairs. The jetty is a granite wall 7/8’s of a mile long, 43' wide at the top, 60' deep, and 125' wide at the base - that's a lot of granite! Worth a stop!
First visiting here in 1984 as kids, we went to the end of Harpswell Island. On the way is the world's only cribstone granite bridge, and the place where my Uncle David bought his lobster trap in 1984. From Harpswell, we could see Eagle Island where we took a boat back in 1984 and went across - Admiral Peary used to live here. The house is awesome, full of historic pieces and wide open and airy. We hiked around the island through some really beautiful fern covered thickets and the beach was nice too. Not sure how to get there now unless you have a boat, you can find out by maybe talking to folks at Estes Lobster House restaurant - nice outside fireside lobster dinners.
From Brunswick at the end of July, we took our first day-trip to Popham State Park, located at the end of the Bath peninsula, by taking a right turn just before crossing the bridge at US-1 onto 209S at Bath. After paying the $5 fee, we surveyed the pristine beach close to low tide. This is the beach where Message in a Bottle was filmed, starring Kevin Costner. We walked along the beach, which was not very crowded. The water was cold and numbed our feet. We waded a ways and noticed that as the tide went out, the rocky island was more accessible. We waded right on across and didn't get wet past our thighs. The water was refreshing, and the rocks were easy to climb (maybe will take water shoes next time as rocks are sharp).
We set out for Bradbury Mountain State Park, which is located just north of Freeport right off I-95. This was our first Maine hiking experience ($5 fee) and only a short 1.5mi. loop. The first part of the trail was fairly steep, but only half a mile to the rocky outcrop with a view. Even though it was hot and hazy, and while not spectacular, there was a refreshing breeze blowing at the top with a 180-degree view. Knowing that it was all downhill from there, we hiked back the ski slope trail and Northern Loop trail. We passed another so-so view at North Bluff, then by the cattle pen and feldspar mine to the parking lot.
Hiked this on February 20, 2017. Surprisingly, this trail was very passable despite the 2-3 feet of fresh snow on the ground. Clearly a favorite of cross country skiers, it was simple to navigate and the path was well-marked. There are several side trails that will lead you down to the shoreline and out from under the canopy of the forest. Otherwise, much of this hike is shaded beneath the trees. I would return in summer time to compare.
Nice challenging hike in snowshoes. We left from the entrance to Cadillac at 5am , trying to catch the sunrise at 6:20. We were about 15 minutes from the summit when the sun rose, but we found a nice rocky ridge to watch it. Finished the hike before heading down.