Bug Light – South Portland

  The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse commonly known as Bug Light sits at the end of a 2500-foot breakwater built in the 1800’s to protect the harbor from Atlantic storms. The light is usually closed to the public but opens four times a year to the public hosted by the South Portland – Cape Elizabeth Rotary…

Fuel Line Hint

   When I picked up my small outboard from Sonny’s last week they asked me two questions and gave me a simple suggestion. They asked me “Does your fuel tank have gas in it?” The answer, “Yes.” Next question “Has it been sitting in it all winter?” The answer “Yes.” Turns out they’ve found that…

Go Fly a Kite!

The Bug Light Kite Festival occurs every year the third Saturday of May and what a beautiful day they had this year. It’s hosted by the South Portland Historical Society which has a small museum with free admission during the festival and a little store stocked with kites for those who might want to try…

Time for Ice Cream? – Try Gifford’s

  Sometimes I want ice cream. I know I shouldn’t but I do and I want hard serve, preferably Butter Pecan or something similar. Today was an ice cream day. The hottest day of 2017 by a long shot with the temperature topping 94° Fahrenheit so I headed for Toots a little west of Yarmouth,…

The Geese are Back

A pair of Canadian Geese return each year to nest and raise their young on a small plot of land roped off by the town of Freeport. The nest lies next to a small pond to the west and the tidal Harraseeket river to the east near Falls Point. The spot they choose seems unlikely. South…

Doubling Point Light

Sitting on a point marking a shallow rocky promontory and a sharp turn in the Kennebec River near Bath the Doubling Point Light is a short drive from several coastal Maine cities and towns. Established in 1898 as part of a set of four navigation aids on the river it is still in service as…

Stone Mountain Arts Center

Stone Mountain Arts Center sits comfortably off a rural mountain road near Brownfield, Maine and hosts a variety of performers in a relaxed and informal dinner setting. While it is rural you can drive from Boston in a little over two hours and from Portland in an hour and a half, maybe less. I don’t…