Well Amber and I have less than two weeks left of our house sitting gig here in mid-coast Maine. We have had a great time here during our wintertime stay and we did almost every activity available to us during the off-season. The last few weeks have been especially busy as we have been trying to visit all the places we had identified during the winter as things we would want to see in the ever elusive spring. One of our spring weather outings took us to the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and Fort Preble in Southern Portland. As you know, I never get tired of exploring old coastal forts or a good lighthouse. In addition, since we have become somewhat versed in the local attractions, we have had several opportunities to show visitors some of the area’s best.  Spring Point Ledge LighthouseFort Preble and the waterWalking on an old for wall

The weather was perfect for exploring and Amber did not want to miss anything either!

Looking out to sea at Fort PrebleClimbing up a wall at Fort Preble Looking over the topThis was a great location to see watercraft of all kinds, including ferries passing Fort Gorges for Nova Scotia or to any number of islands along the coast. Ferry boat and an old fortThe short trek to the lighthouse across the 850 foot breakwater was a lot of fun. The surface is made up of huge quarried stones fitted together to make a pretty nice path. Visitors get to hop from stone to stone all the way out to the instillation with the sea lapping on both sides. It was great! The lighthouse was completed in 1897 and the breakwater was added in 1950. Spring Point Ledge LighthouseIn addition to the lighthouse and fort, the area is home to Southern Main Community College, Willard Beach and various anomalies suitable for photographing.Sewage pipe going out to seaOld Settlers Cemetery at Southern Maine Community CollegeAfter a morning of exploring we were ready to sample some of Portland’s famous culinary offerings. There were a lot to choose from but after perusing a few locations we settled on Eventide Oyster Company. They are dishing up super fresh local seafood with unique accompaniments, like the kimchi ice served with raw oysters or the nori dressing served with fresh greens. Fresh oysters at Eventide Oyster CompanyWe took a short walk on the Eastern Promenade Trail which parallels the Maine Narrow Gauge Railway Company and Museum. We saw one engine at work and it looked like the crew was gearing up to take on passengers.Railway along Eastern Promenade, PortlandTrain engine carThere is always a lot to see walking around any city, and Portland is no different. The make up of buildings in Portland vary from impressive wood designs to copious red brick to large quarried stone. There are buildings dating back to the 1750’s. Portland City Hall, completed 1912, for example, is a spectacular building!Portland City Hall building

Statue at the heart of Longfellow Square.

Statue of Longfellow at Longfellow Square, PortlandIf you know us, you know we love hiking and being outdoors. We took advantage of one sunny day to survey Camden Hills State Park with some fellow explorers who had journeyed all the way from New York City! Our intrepid band conquered three peaks in one day! Since this was really the first time we had seen the sun this year, Amber got a nice bit of sunburned head to remember the day.Hiking Camden Hills State Park Reading the map at Camden Hills State Park Summit of Mt. MegunticookMade it to the summit!

Stay tuned as we will reveal what the next leg of our trip will look like.