What to do in Maine When You don’t Eat Lobster

My visit to Maine was in 2005. So join me on the way-back-machine and we’ll see what gems my journal captured before I started paying REALLY close attention to the travel details. And the pics…uggh. Tiny camera, rain all the time, seven years of learning since. Understood?

So you find yourself in Maine but don’t eat lobster. Now what? Order a grilled cheese. Thanks be to Kraft for the children’s menu.

Lobster and Grilled Cheese in Maine

I held up a napkin as a mechitzah between my meal and my friend’s. It didn’t help.

Lobster is seriously everywhere. McDonald’s serves lobster rolls (yup, THAT McDonald’s). There are, in fact, things called “lobster rolls”: white bread, lobster meat, and butter? Mayonnaise? (this frightens me even more than the cockroach-of-the-sea-still-in-tact-lobster) And then, just in case you weren’t sure that you were eating a living thing, the roads are lined with lobster traps. We consider them quaint and picturesque, when they’re actually weapons of mass destruction.

Lobster traps in Maine

Which came first? The reality of lobster and then the reputation? Or the reputation and then the zealous pursuit and promotion? They do harvest 40 million pounds of lobster each year, so either way, they’re doing pretty well for themselves. Or are they doing pretty good? My brother and mother will know…and surely tell me.

Umm, Does Anyone Have a Boat?

Boats may be more plentiful than the lobsters. Trawlers, dinghies, rowboats (is that different from a dinghy?), yachts, cruise ships. It’s unending; and neither was our delight in finding them anchored in the middle of the cove.  Sometimes there’s water and sometimes there’s not. That pesky tide could have a boat anchored to, well, nekkid sand; or it could be bobbing along happily in many feet of water. So, no marina in the typical sense.


Boats in Maine

The buoys intrigued me—all that color. I naively thought it was a winter project to paint them simply for something vibrant to do. Nope. They’re color-coded to the boat so you know which traps are yours.

Have You Seen a Lighthouse Anywhere?

65 lighthouses were commissioned by George Washington. Great idea. I’m not clear about why Every. Single. One. is a tourist spot, though. It’s a “seen one, seen em all” scenario. I mean, they rarely let you climb the stairs, so you’re looking up at a tall round building with a pretty waterscape. Is it time to eat more lobster yet?

Lighthouses in Maine

90 Per Cent of the State is Forested

Enter the Great Maine Lumberjack Show!

It is everything you want it to be. Things you didn’t even know exist and you’re tickled flannel to find out that they do.

  • Who can cut up a tree the fastest?
  • Who can carve a hunk of tree into a woodland creature the fastest? (detail is not the name of the game)
  • Who can climb a tree the fastest wearing spikey shoes and using a leather strap instead of your hands?
  • Who can balance for the longest time on a log rolling in water while combating with an oversized q-tip?

Naturally, I developed a crush on one of the lumberjacks. Wouldn’t you?! It was unrequited. Perhaps because we never met.

Great Maine Lumberjack Show

It’s Easy to Get Lost in Maine

Because every town is exactly the same: a combination of charming, decadent, and ticky-tacky. Every view is picturesque, every yard is soft. Driving along the beach is a treat: volleyball, sandcastles, lifeguards. Then repeat every 50 miles or so.

Small Towns in Maine

Wake Early for Sunrise and Nap in the Parking Lot

Acadia National Park is glorious. Water and mountains, hiking and lazing. Yummy.

It’s worth it to see the sunrise—the first glimpse of sun on the continent. It’s simultaneously serene and active.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Clean air, cold wind, Maine. Boats and fields, accents and the sound of lapping water. Maine is comprised of small scenes and moments, versus a vast impressive space like Montana. A harbor, the boat reflections, an antique find. It was a delicious trip.

Maine Signs


Where do you like to visit? Big cities, small towns, nature, or some combination thereof?

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http://www.studyenglishtoday.net/english-grammar-using-good-and-well.html; you got it right: doing (verb) well (adverb saying how); nice to know you come from a grammatically respectful family.


You could send those lobesters to your friends! Maine is s beautiful place and will surely be on my “to-do.”

Duly noted: send shellfish to others!


I’m really enjoying reading your blog! What an incredible adventure. Love the pics too!
Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, friend!!

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