I've plotted a little here and see the benefit of Route 2.
Originally Posted by WhereRWe?
We're still planning on going to the top of the state, if not just for that webcam and a full curve down the coast. We have several days, so I'm not too worried about a little extra time!
As it stands, it looks like we're thinking of leaving that Sunday (I'll be in Montreal for the weekend, meeting a friend in Plattsburgh and riding with him from there as my other friends head home from Montreal...) and we'll basically go from Plattsburgh to Bangor that day (caching along the way, of course). Stay in Bangor for the night and then head north Monday.
Considering Bangor to Houlton doesn't seem like more than a few-hour drive, we'll head up (cache some along the way), then curve around down the coast. We'll be doing a sunup to sundown sort of day on each day, so we should have plenty of time and light to get a lot of caches and take in scenery.
The side trips, off Route 1, will include Bar Harbor and a few others so we can touch on all of Acadia and get many Earthcaches (I think I found like 20 of them?).
My one hope is that we can somehow stumble across an event of some sort while we're on the trip. It's always fun to meet people while out and about on a caching trip!
Over the next month and a half, I'll be doing some serious planning and look forward to exploring these routes you all have told us to take!
If we're going up to Houlton from Bangor and then coming back down Route 1, when would it be best to see these lighthouses? I love light houses and would love to be able to get up close and get some photographs of them. Also -- do any of them allow you inside or tour?
Originally Posted by Trick or Treat
Don't think any offer tours though you can walk right up to all of them except Two Lights. Portland Head Light has a little gift shop right in the former keeper's house.
Originally Posted by softball29
Originally Posted by WhereRWe?
That's not to say that you can't see the coast, but WhereRWe? is right when he says Route 1 is clogged all summer. The other way around is to take Route 95 and then cut over to the coast to the areas you want to visit.
If you're coming via Rt 2, there is a neat simple cache in NH just before the border.
Old Man of the Valley Cache (GCJ85Q) by Ye Olde Prospector (1.5/1.5)
Have you tried a PQ for caches along a route? It seems like this might be a good trip for that purpose.
I think you should consider West Quoddy Head as well, the easternmost combination Lighthouse/Benchmark in the US. There is a nice cache there and it's a great part of the Maine coast. I just remembered I was the first to log that benchmark. There is a visitors center at the lighthouse open from 10AM to 4 PM.
Quoddy Quandry (GC8A65) by k1br (1.5/1.5)
I live in Bangor as well as several other cachers who might be willing to meet up with you for a meal if the timing is right.
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Last edited by eebee; 06-16-2009 at 08:34 PM.
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Instead of crossing the border at Houlton, you could also cross the border to New Brunswick at Lubec, taking you to Campobello Island. You could do this on your way back down Route 1. Campobello has a great many beautiful caches, several interesting earth caches and a lovely lighthouse that you can only walk up to when the tide is out. The New Brunswick countryside at the Houlton border crossing is nice, but I think you might get a lot more from a visit to Campobello, given your limited time.