View Full Version : Greetings from Central Jersey!



Ericles
09-30-2009, 12:52 PM
Hey Mainers,
I've been lurking here for a few weeks while planning out a road trip and found some great tips on sights to see, caches to hit and places to eat while touring the state. More of a coastal tour really. We'll be staying in Portland for a few days then venturing up the coast to Bar Harbor/Acadia.

I was impressed how cache-dense the route turned out to be but it makes it hard to single out any 'must-do' caches/locations. Any recommendations for the Portland area? I'm looking for the unpolished gems that aren't listed in the AAA guidebook. :D

If anyone ever needs any advice about traveling in New Jersey, just let me know or pop by our site. Thanks in advance!
-Eric
"Ericles"
CentralJerseyGeocaching.net

benandtina
09-30-2009, 01:32 PM
I am a big fan of lighthouses, so I am going to recommend hitting Nubble Trouble (GC1YKB1) on your way to Portland. It takes you to one of my favorite lighthouses :)

cano
09-30-2009, 01:35 PM
I usually look for virtual caches. Virtual caches will always bring you to an interesting spot :) Don't forget to visit Cadillac Mountain in Acadia.

Waterski
09-30-2009, 01:35 PM
Eric, You will have numerous answers to your question here I am sure. If you are coming through Rockland, check out the Breakwater Light, which is a one mile granite breakwater leading out to the lighthouse. The Marshall Point Lighthouse is another beautiful spot. There are so many on the coast of Maine! In Bar Harbor the top of Cadillac mountain is a must, the ovens are nice, Hunter Beach is nice, the shore walk area is great. I can get more information to you on these if you don't get a listing soon from someone else. If you travel through the Blue Hill area, the Blue Hill loo is a good stop. Keep checking in with us.

benandtina
09-30-2009, 01:39 PM
The Breakwater Lighthouse definitely a good idea! It's another one of our favorites :) And if you are in that area, also check out Owl's Head Lighthouse. I would say it's one of our favorites but that may make you realize that pretty much all of them are our favorites, haha.

If all of these lighthouses sound interesting to you, here is a list of lighthouses and the caches closest to them:
http://www.geocachingmaine.org/forum/showpost.php?p=55507&postcount=15

Although, at list leaves off waterski's cache near Rockland Breakwater... I need to add it but I forgot to update it :/ Maybe I will when I go home tonight.

brdad
09-30-2009, 01:43 PM
Any trip up the coast can't be complete without a stop at What in the World Cache? (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=788865f5-5d08-465d-8b62-4eca70ad99ec) (GC6D43) by Ghosthunter (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=6459) (2/1)

Team V3
09-30-2009, 01:48 PM
Portland has a lot of good trails too that are just a hop, skip and jump from "the city". There are some really good caches along some river banks if you are into those kinda sights. Feel free to message me regarding the Portland area and I would be happy to point you to some good ones.

hollora
09-30-2009, 03:10 PM
Any trip up the coast can't be complete without a stop at What in the World Cache? (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=788865f5-5d08-465d-8b62-4eca70ad99ec) (GC6D43) by Ghosthunter (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=6459) (2/1)

And 2 others off the parking lot - Bears in the Bushes and Eartha's Cache - along with another across the street in the parking lot of the Visitor Center.........and more headed up the main route off the highway towards Freeport.

The other one in Yarmouth if it isn't gone yet is Herbie (GC17D9X) - this is a tree destined to be gone but one worth seeing.

Ekidokai
09-30-2009, 06:45 PM
The only thing that made those good caches was the people your with. You can see a giant globe anywhere.

Just be aware, theres a lot of one way roads around and sometimes the passengers get a little nervous if you don't know which way to go.

Ericles
10-01-2009, 03:21 PM
Sorry it took so long to reply - I'm customizing my cache DB manually and tweaking my routes which seems to take forever.

@ (http://www.geocachingmaine.org/forum/member.php?u=1650)benandtina - Thanks for Nubble Trouble. It was just outside my "caches along a route" range and I would have missed it. That's an impressive list of lighthouse caches too!

@Cano & Waterski - I'll definitely be heading up Cadillac Mountain. The Ovens looks like a tough one but I'll keep an eye on the tides. Hunters beach & Thunder hole are on the list. There's a few earthcaches that look interesting but might be too involved. I'll cross those bridges when I come to them. While passing through Rockland I'll nab the cache & some photos then maybe I'll venture up Beech Hill as I hear the view is one of the best.

@brdad - I was planning on stopping by DeLorme to yell at them about my bork'd GPSr so What in the World & Eartha are on my list. ;) It's a shame but I'll be just missing the Maine Geo-Rallye III event by a day.

@Hollora - I'll try to make it over to Herbie to say goodbye. Oh, and I dig your pathtag. :D

@Ekidokai - I'll let my wife do the driving and try to not get freaked out when she drives like she's from New Jersey. :eek:

Also on my list (in no particular order): Bug Light, Boothbay, Botanical Gardens?, Moose Point, Camden (yours is nicer than ours!), and in Porland Harbor - Peaks Island (and Cow Island if that FTF is still out there!). Here's hoping the weather cooperates!
(http://www.geocachingmaine.org/forum/member.php?u=1409)

pm28570
10-01-2009, 04:46 PM
Moose Point is a great one to do. It offers a very nice walk along a path that is just few yards from shore, flat and smooth.


Also on my list (in no particular order): Bug Light, Boothbay, Botanical Gardens?, Moose Point, Camden (yours is nicer than ours!), and in Porland Harbor - Peaks Island (and Cow Island if that FTF is still out there!). Here's hoping the weather cooperates!

Waterski
10-01-2009, 06:33 PM
What dates are you coming through Maine?

Ericles
10-02-2009, 01:24 PM
What dates are you coming through Maine? We'll be in Portand Tuesday 10/6 through Thursday 10/8 and then Bar Harbor through Saturday 10/10.

My better half warned me this morning: She plans on shopping. Fine by me - your sales tax is lower! :cool:

lexmano
10-02-2009, 02:51 PM
There are about 30-40 caches near the Maine Mall, just turn her out and get yourself some time.:D

3k9amigos
04-29-2010, 11:57 AM
Just wanted to quick say hi! I'm actually from South Jersey but since Ericles had a post here...

Been caching for about 2 years and have never been to Maine. I hear it's beautiful.

I'll be in Portland July 16-18 and was wondering if anyone can suggest must do stuff in the area... Would love to do some Kayaking, and see some great scenery in addition to some must do caches. Maybe manage to get to an event if there is one nearby that weekend.

I figure the locals are going to be the best help with stuff to do, especially when it comes to outdoors stuff!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Ekidokai
04-29-2010, 06:00 PM
Check the front page on this site for events. Fort Willams cache is the first one put out in Maine.

WhereRWe?
04-29-2010, 08:15 PM
No suggestions for things to see in that area, but I thought it was interesting that during an exchange of emails, "3k9amigos" and I discovered that we were at the same geocaching event in central New Jersey in 2008! :D:D

hollora
04-29-2010, 08:44 PM
We'll be in Portand Tuesday 10/6 through Thursday 10/8 and then Bar Harbor through Saturday 10/10.

My better half warned me this morning: She plans on shopping. Fine by me - your sales tax is lower! :cool:

Ah and that time of year in Bar Harbor there are usually sales.........Native American Stuff check out the Abbe Museum store in town. There are some awesome caches on Mount Desert Island - some great virtuals, earthcaches and many more. Do yourself a route and enjoy them - you will have a great tour of the island (greater than most visitors).

Welcome to Maine!

WhereRWe?
04-29-2010, 08:59 PM
Ah and that time of year in Bar Harbor there are usually sales.........Native American Stuff check out the Abbe Museum store in town. There are some awesome caches on Mount Desert Island - some great virtuals, earthcaches and many more. Do yourself a route and enjoy them - you will have a great tour of the island (greater than most visitors).

Welcome to Maine!

Sheesh, Hollora! Ericles posted that last fall - they were here in October! LOL!

But perhaps "3k9amigos" will find your suggestions useful, although they say they'll only be in Portland - and we all know that Portland isn't really Maine...

(Trolling, poking the hornets nest, petting the sleeping dog... :p:p)

3k9amigos
07-14-2010, 01:20 PM
I've modified the original trip just a little bit. We're going to stay up in Auburn and spend the Saturday hiking around Poland Springs, and the bird sanctuary. (Any other suggestions on good hiking caching locations are welcome!)
Sunday we're heading to Portland for the day. Planning to do some caching there and stop by the bar the event Monday is being held. Unfortunately we leave Sunday night so we won't be able to make the event. Heading over to Peaks island I think... I really want to try the wherigo cache too.

Can't wait to come visit!