The day started off so wonderfully. After packing up at the campsite, Brett and I headed to Bass Head Lighthouse. It was a very enjoyable visit to the lighthouse – having been to numerous lighthouses on this trip, I can say that this one was definitely one of the best. We were able to get down on the rocks along the bank for a better look. We arrived just as it opened and thus, had the entire place to ourselves. It was very serene and I wasn’t sure if we were going to leave before lunch.
After we decided to head out, we stopped at several of the harbors along our way to Cadillac Mountain to enjoy our last morning on the Atlantic. Brett very much loves the ocean and I can see him light up a bit each day we are on the coast. I have a sneaky feeling that we will be living along the coast again soon.
We made our way up the gentle switchbacks to the top of Cadillac Mountain. It was a great morning for a walk so we walked around the summit and looked out over the ponds and the Atlantic, Bar Harbor and the island. It was truly peaceful until the busloads of cruise ship passengers arrived; but, it was a beautiful weekend in July, so I can fault no one at wanting to be up there.
We stopped one last time before we left the Atlantic and watched a lobster boat dropping traps. As Brett sat mesmerized, I reviewed the map and determined which roads we should take into New Hampshire. It has been awhile since either Brett or I have driven the Kancamangus Highway – so I think we shall go a little out of the way and enjoy a nice drive through New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
The moose is the one animal on the trip that has evaded Brett. We have both seen moose before; however, he wanted to see one on this trip. We shall see if it happens – but we both know that we have a decent shot at seeing one in the White Mountains. When we arrived at the “Kanc” after a short detour into North Conway for dinner at Flatbreads, we are greeted with this Break for Moose sign and Brett is thrilled with the prospect of seeing a moose tonight.
The views from today have been breathtaking. I will never tire of the Northeast. With the relatively small size of the states and the diverse recreational activities and historic sites – it is probably my favorite region in the US.
We found a campground along the Kancamangus Highway with a vacant site. We set up our tent and then made it to the front to pay noticing that the ‘Full’ sign had been put up in the ten minutes we had been there and felt quite lucky to have found ourselves a spot for the night. It was a nice National Forest campground with a covered bridge leading from the road into the campground over a rocky mountain river. It was a very idyllic area.
Video from Bass Head Lighthouse