Touristing

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This is probably the most tourist brochure-type photo I’ve ever taken – apart from cutting off the top of the lighthouse which no self-respecting brochure would do. 🙂

It was a nice day so I decided to explore the Quoddy State Park which is just south of Lubec. Honestly, I really should have visited here long before this. In fact, there are a lot of places within a 50 mile radius I need to investigate. At least this is a start.

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I only did one of the trails – the one which goes up over a hill. This would not have been possible for me a few months ago. Actually it wouldn’t have been possible a year ago, so I’m making progress.

I only met a couple of fellow visitors while doing the short hike – it was Maine Day so all the State Parks were free to residents. As a non-resident senior my cost was a whopping $1. I searched through the bucket of change that’s accumulated in my car to find enough American coins to afford the entrance fee.

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The forest is lush, carpeted in white flowers and lots of new growth. The trails are wide and well maintained. This path takes you to the top of a cliff where you can look north towards Lubec and Campobello. The park advertises two special reasons for visiting – one is that you can see Canada. This is quite true, although I’d argue you can only see a tiny bit of it.

There was some sense of risk on this particular route – maybe people impulsively dive through the foliage to see the views. I’d recommend against that.

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As I mentioned there are a lot of “destinations” in Coastal Maine I haven’t visited and I’ll try and get to at least some of them this summer. I keep driving by on my way up and down river – it’s time I stopped occasionally.

I think I once told you that Lubec is the Eastern-most town on the US mainland. That qualifier I added isn’t used in local descriptions.

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The second reason advertised for visiting this State Park (apart from nature and all that stuff) is that it is the Eastern-most Point in America.

My geography is not world class, but I could swear Puerto Rico (at least a good bit of it) is east of here. In my mind, therefore, I edited this next landmark. If I’m wrong I apologize to all those from the US Geographical Survey and local residents. 🙂 I did enjoy my visit and plan to return – my legs need more of the workout that hill gave me.

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