We drove along Route 9 to Route 1, towards Calais for leaf peeking and a little unwinding.It seems we took much the same path in October of 2009.
The weather forecast promised a mostly cloudy day and that's pretty much what we got.
Road construction kept cars in single file right past the best scenic turnouts along Route 9, although the view was fairly unchanged from the pictures I took back then.
I had high hopes of finding lots of Letterboxes along the way but we only managed to log in 2 successfully.
The little park overlooking the bay with the lighthouse was the nicer of the two.
We drove to the entrance of Cobscook Bay State Park on impulse. We noticed a nature trail as we pulled into a parking space but the attendant came running over and wanted $8 even though the trail head was outside of his gate.
We got back in the jeep and drove down the road to explore a little more.
Happened upon a public boat launch.
The photo opportunities were wonderful.
(Although Tom would have qualified for a free day pass as a new senior citizen, had we known.)
We really didn't have time to walk the mile or two of trails since our dog was home alone for the day.
We still managed to miss the "short cut" back to Route 9 and took the long way home.
I had stuffed Attitude Monkey in my pocket with the promise of an adventure photo since he hadn't made it past the railing above the glove compartment since being deposited in the Jeep as mascot.
Almost forgot to take him out of my pocket when Tom handed me the "collectible art". It's signed MAINE at the bottom. I wonder if there's more floating around in other states.
Can I keep it?