No trip to Maine is complete without a tour of “the lights”. We devoted a beautiful but chilly day to discovering Portland’s five lights. Commissioned by George Washington in 1791, Portland Head Light is Maine’s oldest light house. The cost was a staggering $2200!!! It is also the most photographed. The setting is gorgeous & one of the few that still has the beautiful light keeper’s home. The light was decommissioned in 1989 & the area became a fun municipal park. Maggie was on her best behavior & attracted quite a following. Apparently, everyone loves a geriatric golden!
Two Lights, built in 1829, is now owned by the Coastguard. In 1970, Two Lights was the first lighthouse to be shown on a US postage stamp! Sorry NC. The East Light is the most powerful on the New England coast, visible for 27 miles & is still lit today. The West Light was removed in 1924, so the “two lights” is a thing of the past. Somewhat confusing to tourists; we kept looking for the other light! The massive rocky coast was quintessential Maine & postcard worthy.
In 1986 Spring Point Ledge Light was erected to prevent vessels from running aground on the west ledge as they entered Portland’s harbor. It is on the gorgeous campus of Southern Maine Community College. We had a blast jumping from boulder to boulder on the jetty, but it was too much for ol’ Mags. We had to stop halfway out & help our girl back. The crevices were wide & deep in places & I guess that freaked her out. At any rate, she is too big to carry!
As always, being a tourist worked up our appetites. We headed downtown to sample the Holy Donut’s famous potato-based goodies. The lines were long & the doughnuts were good. But, we don’t think Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ have anything to worry about.