On the 35th Day of the PapiBlogger Family Road Trip we reached beautiful Maine, the third of four corners of the U.S. that we’re collecting in our cross continental journey of the United States.
MAINE, MAINE, MAINE!
At last, at 9:15 a.m. on July 24 we FINALLY reached Maine. In many ways Maine has been the Mount Everest state of our epic journey because it took so long to get there (nearly 10,000 miles) and because it represents the beginning of the end of our trip. From this point forward, the PapiMobile (aka 2010 Chevrolet Traverse) is headed south along the eastern seaboard back to Miami.
Due to time limitations we opted to skip a longer trip to Acadia National Park, which we hear is unbelievably beautiful and instead headed over to Portland, Maine.
Portland is a seaside city that has a scenic coastline and lots of lighthouses, including the second oldest lighthouse in the country. We had a heavy-duty day at Salem the night before so our day in Portland was extremely tame by our standards. We took a brief stroll through old Portland, ate some Maine lobsters and then headed to the Portland Head Light Station lighthouse.
The Portland Head Light Station lighthouse was commissioned by President George Washington in 1787 and completed in 1791. If you’re going to or through Portland, this lighthouse is a must visit. Admission is free and it’s the perfect place to take that photo or video you need to establish that you were in Maine. As if to emphasize why they’re so prevalent, we took our family lighthouse photo in the midst of major fog.
With 63 lighthouses along its coast, Maine quite possibly has more lighthouses per capita than any other state.
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If at anytime you are planning to skip into Canada or Mexico, don’t forget your passports. Laws have changed and you are now required to have valid U.S. passports for each family member.