We decided to start with a run down Commercial Street, which took us past the port and the commercial fishing business. Near a sleek, modern ship, I spotted a coffee shop. I got a latte while Dan took a photo. Next we took a run around town to locate the art museum.
Then we started looking for views of lighthouses. First we went to Two Lights community and saw the Cape Elizabeth light. We had a fun walk on a rocky promontory opposite it. The ocean was a deep rich blue in the morning, very satisfying to observe. Then we went to a park where we could view Portland Head Light, and in the distance we could see Ram Island light as well.
|Cape Elizabeth Light House|
|Portland Head Light|
|Dan and Jan at Portland Head|
Photo by friendly tourist
Then we started looking for Prout's Neck, famous as the home of Winslow Homer in his later years. Like Bush senior, we must assume, Homer enjoyed being at the extreme tip of a point of land where he could watch the storms. The ride out there was very pretty. We managed to find a tiny trail between two residences, with a small sign that said "Enjoy the trail at your own risk." We parked in a grassy plot big enough for a couple of cars. Just how Dan knew this was the right trail I cannot say, but after a lovely walk by the ocean, we came to a spot where 3 people were taking photos. "Is that Homer's studio?" They had been to the Portland Museum that morning and seen pictures of the place, so they were sure. The museum offers a tour of the newly restored studio but the price is very high (Dan thinks $100) and the other tourists said you had to make reservations a year in advance. Anyway, Dan was pleased to photograph Homer's studio, and I was pleased to photograph Homer's view.
|Winslow Homer's Studio at Prouts Neck|
|Northeaster at Prouts Neck by Winslow Homer, 1895|
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Dan's photo
On the way back, we managed to find Walmart. Dan bought a windbreaker and I got an ear-warmer, plus the usual drinks and sundries.
When we got back, Dan did another load of laundry while I worked on this blog. Afterward, we had a functional meal at the motel's café. Dan fell asleep at the computer looking at his photos.