Dan and Hannah Explore the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse on the Gulf of Maine

Rolling down Route 32 in Mid-Coast Maine, Hannah and I notice both the wealth evident in the seasonal coastal homes in New Harbor as well as the subsistence living that also remains a part of this rural coastal peninsula.

Route 32 is on the bayside route above New Harbor
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse appropriately fogged in

Going from the sunshine five miles away at the La Verna Preserve, (click here for that blog), we are engulfed in fog as we approach the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. After shorts at La Verna, I slip on sweatpants, sweatshirt, and light jacket to ward against the foggy chill.

Did you know that the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is on the Maine quarter. (All 50 states have their own quarter.)  I think of it as one of the three iconic lighthouses in the state of Maine (Portland Head and Nubble Light in our York are the other two).

It seems perfect that we are in the fog at a Maine lighthouse. Such beacons earn their keep in such weather. You see what I did! Okay, might be a little obtuse. But the primary worker here was a lighthouse keeper.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

As it is Monday, November 9, 2020, we are still in celebratory mood as we engage a mother with her grown daughter who have come from Florida for a Maine lighthouse travel tour.

Learning that mom is originally from Ohio, I have the opportunity to ask if they know of Wooster, Ohio.

Thinking so, she wonders how two Mainers ended up at the College of Wooster.  As a Jersey boy who picked a college entirely based on the possibility that he might make the varsity tennis team and who eventually escaped by transferring to Arizona State University for his senior year, I joke it was a series of bad breaks how I ended up in the Buckeye State, except for the New Yorker I met there – as I point to Hannah.  Thar’s gold in them thar fields of Ohio!

Then, the conversation takes an unfortunate detour as we learn that the women don’t believe the pandemic is real. (I choke back speaking up about the 240K that have died in the United State to date).  Their evidence? A nurse said it’s odd that she has seen no flu patients this fall, implying that the authorities are not telling us everything.

This left turn has no good endgame. We extract ourselves gently as we are no mood to debate or have their metaphorical rain douse our celebration.

Though a small park, the Lighthouse envrions allow us to walk down to the rocks on this low tide early afternoon.  We turn inland to views to the lighthouse cloaked in fog. 

A short walk on the Pemaquid Loop Road adds to our mounting Fitbit step total, but we have bigger fish to fry as hiking at the Dodge Point Preserve 18 miles away in Newcastle awaits. Next Saturday’s blog!

On the Pemaquid Loop Road

12 thoughts on “Dan and Hannah Explore the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse on the Gulf of Maine

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience at that beautiful spot. Interesting encounter
    with the woman who doesn’t believe that the pandemic is real. It is truly shocking
    how many people hide their heads in the sand as the storm rages on. Hope you had a lovely day hiking.

  2. That really looks cool. Love the pictures. Nature has so much character. I am glad you did not try to engage with the women who believe the pandemic is a fake. I truly do not understand a lot of my fellow human beings; but I have also learned that it can be impossible to have a decent conversation with anyone who will not listen. I saw a nurse on the news who quit and walked out of the hospital when a dying COVID patient was declaring it’s a fake on his deathbed. She looked right into the camera and said: “They refuse to take simple, basic safety measures because they believe it’s fake; then they contract the COVID (and spread it to others); and then continue to deny its existence! WHY am I risking my life for these people?!” I am concerned she will not be the last. I wonder how applications for medical schools are going these days? It’s so sad.

  3. Stunning story about the dying patient. People can choose to put themselves at risk of dying, but they can forget they are putting so many others at risk, too. What we can do is wear masks, socially distance especially from non-believers, and stay out of group indoor settings. So proud of the Peach State going for Biden/Harris. And who knows! Maybe two Democrats from Georgia in the Senate!

  4. Dan – I’m replying again so I can see the choices all of us have every time we make a comment to your posts. The first choice is: “Notify me of new comments via email”. If I check this, I will get an email every time you or anyone else adds further comments to this specific post. I keep forgetting to do that, so I have to initiate going back into this specific blog if I want to see if you responded to me. The second choice is: “Notify me of new posts via email”. I did this a long time ago, so that’s why I get new blogs via email every Saturday morning. 👍. Hope this helps you understand why some folks know you responded to there comments and other folks do not.

  5. Hello to Patty’s brother. Ken and and I are friends of Patty and Glenn’s. Ken goes way back and I just twenty-one years. We have a summer home on the Loop Road at Pemaquid Point. We love the Point as it is called by all who live there, but I did roll my eyes when you noted fog. Last summer was very foggy. Enjoy beautiful Maine..

  6. Pemaquid Point was a much beloved visiting site when we lived further up the coast. I enjoyed visiting again through your photos, and it reminded me that it’s been too long since we headed up that way. Like your other commenters, I truly don’t understand how people can deny the reality of this pandemic. This year, we’re sadly limiting our Thanksgiving dinner to only our immediate household. Doing our part…

  7. The Pemaquid area has so much to offer. Next week’s blog is the Dodge Point Preserve. Thank you, MBH. It will be just Hannah and me for Thanksgiving this year. We are going with margaritas and Mexican food.

  8. Pingback: Dan and Hannah Hike the Dodge Point Preserve in Newcastle, Maine – over60hiker

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