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Our names are John and Cathryn and we live in  Kalispell, Montana with our beautiful Golden Retriever, Annie.  After we both experienced some rough patches late in life, we met each other through a mutual friend in October of 2014. The summer of 2016 we returned to Cathryn's home in Montana after a year long RV trip together around this beautiful country.  We traveled over 31,000 miles and drove through over 35 states.  It was an adventure to remember and one that sealed a friendship between us that we hope will last the rest of our lives.  We have decided to continue living here in Northwest Montana and have started building our "together" home in the country outside of Kalispell.  As our new home on two country acres becomes our special place to live out our golden years, we hope you will share the adventures with us through this blog. We are happy, content and enjoying life "one day at a time" to the fullest! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


ACADIA AND THE NORTH WOODS                                                                                                  
After enjoying a month in the mid-coastal region of Maine, we headed north to Acadia National Park and the Moosehead Lake region.  Along the way we stopped in Bath, ME to tour the Maritime Museum and soak up the history of a longtime tradition of fishing and shipbuilding. The following pictures offer a glimpse of what we saw.

John at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine.

The Bath Iron Works has 400 years of shipbuilding history.  

This is New England's largest sculpture and full-size representation of the largest sailing vessel ever built, the Wyoming.

Schooner Wyoming, 1917.JPG

Wyoming was a wooden six-masted schooner, the largest wooden schooner ever built. She was built and completed in 1909 by the firm of Percy & Small in Bath, Maine.[1]Wyoming was also one of the largest wooden ships ever built, 450 ft (140 m) from jib-boom tip to spanker boom tip, and the last six-masted schooner built on the east coast of the US.
Because of her extreme length and wood construction,Wyoming tended to flex in heavy seas, which would cause the long planks to twist and buckle, thereby allowing sea water to intrude into the hold (see hogging and sagging).Wyoming had to use pumps to keep her hold relatively free of water. In March 1924, she foundered in heavy seas and sank with the loss of all hands.
Source:  Wikipedia.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming_(schooner)

Each buoy is registered and identifies the lobster fisherman's traps.

We drove over the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory on our way to Acadia. 

Acadia National Park

Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor as viewed from the top of Cadillac Mountain.

New England Asters 

Stone arches grace the entrance of Acadia's 45 miles of carriage roads available to hikers, horseback riders and the open horse-drawn carriages.

Teams of horses at Wildwood Stables pull the open carriages.

Jordan Pond 

Shoreline near the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse built in 1858.

Schoodic Peninsula is Acadia's only wedge of the mainland.

More than 60 lighthouses are found in Maine.  Maine is second only to Michigan in its number of lighthouses.

Lobster boats are anchored in the harbor.

These big guys gave us enough meat for three meals of lobster rolls before we left Acadia and the coast.

Moosehead Lake and the North Woods

We enjoyed camping at Lily Pond State Park located on Moosehead Lake near Greenville, Maine.

This is one of the many bogs where we searched for moose while in the North Woods. Unfortunately, we were not lucky enough to spot one.

We were surrounded by many beautiful ponds.

This blue heron was fishing for its dinner.

From Maine we traveled to Vermont and New York to become "leaf peepers" and to continue to enjoy the beautiful fall weather.  Watch for a very colorful blog to come your way soon.

Happy Trails ....... John and Cathryn ....and...

Dexter and Annie