Always searching for new adventures, we are not inclined to do repeats. However, riding the mail boat to the islands in Casco Bay was calling us. The day was warm & sunny; the lure of getting pictures with blue skies (instead of last year’s fog) was too strong to ignore.
Parking in our favorite lot by the ferry had gone up substantially -$40 a day- but there is something to be said for a spot within 25 feet of the best bakery/coffee spot in Portland. It is a challenge to park the F250 in any spot in any city, so we decided to be happy. Arriving early at the ferry is half the fun. Watching the guys load the cargo is quite an experience. The upper deck is loaded by crane while the lower deck is loaded with man-powered dollies & carts. It also must be organized in order of the island stops. Then all the bikes are loaded & people needing assistance. We were surprised there was room for the rest of us!
Chatting with folks on the ferry is always fun & we met a wonderful local that recommended fun things for us to do & see. Folks from NC seem to cross our path regularly. The couple behind us were from New Bern & several couples in the campground are from NC as well.
The Flatbread Company is right beside the terminal & seemed a great place to cool off with a cold beverage. They also make the best pizza we have ever eaten; eating a late lunch on the deck seemed a good way to prolong our wonderful day.
The Eastern Trail intersects Rt 9 about a mile from the campground. The ET is a 65-mile section of the greater East Coast Greenway that stretches from Calais, Me to Key West, FL. The section near us is completely off road & goes through a beautiful salt marsh. Lots of birds & beautiful scenery along a wonderful old rail road. Rail trails are fun because they have a very low grade & are nice & wide. Hopefully, we will be able to walk another section before we head to Acadia. We had wondered whether 10 days in Portland would be too long, but we are wishing for more.