Dan and Hannah Walk to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse (Maine)

Our unexpected November getaway up the coast of Maine takes us to the town of Rockland, Maine on Penobscot Bay. Known for lobster and its deep harbor, it’s even whiter than the state of Maine as a whole. Rockland has a racial makeup that is 95.8% white.  We do white here in Maine, and that’s not a bad thing.  It is what it is. See below for the five whitest states in the United States.

Just yesterday, two women from Florida that we met on their Maine Lighthouse Tour recommended that we go to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, 7/8 of a mile into the bay.  Always up for some extra Fitbit steps, we take coastal Route One to parking for the lighthouse. 

From parking lot to breakwater (upper right)

What must be a madhouse in the summer with tourists seeking clam huts and lobster meals is this morning mellow and crowd-free on an unseasonably warm November day in the mid-60s.  Parking is free as we walk to the breakwater just beyond the golf course at the Samoset Resort.

Rockland Breakwater with the lighthouse in the distance

With others on the massive granite blocks on the 12-15’ wide breakwater, we slip on our masks any time we approach another set of walkers.  Trying to put aside the feeling that all the non-mask wearers are for the one-term president, we smile and greet all that we pass. 

By the way, a sign on the main drag in Santa Barbara says, Have fun. Be safe. Don’t ruin it for everyone. The sign at our gym in Kittery politely speaks its truth.

Coastal Fitness, Kittery, Maine

Stepping carefully over the one to four inch cracks between the granite blocks, we look down more than up over the next 15 minutes out to the 120 year old lighthouse. 

It turns out the breakwater was built before the lighthouse itself.  Prior to the breakwater, nor’easters damaged buildings and ships on the Rockland waterfront.   

Landside of the Lighthouse
The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse from the shipping lane
From the lighthouse back to land

The lighthouse is worthwhile stopover for some Fitbit-loving exercise for us on our way to Mount Battie in Camden ten miles away.  Next Saturday’s blog will take you to the mountaintop.

Whitest states in the United States

One, Maine – 94.6%.

Two, Vermont – 94.2%

Three, West Virginia -93.5%

Four, New Hampshire – 93.2%

Five, Idaho – 93.0%

Six, Iowa – 90.7% (Interesting the first two presidential primary states [NH and IA] are on this list.  It’s understandable that Joe Biden needed South Carolina with its larger Black population to demonstrate he was a viable candidate).

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