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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Quoddy Head State Park

west quoddy head light, lubec maine

Last week I finally visited Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec and spoiler alert, it is quite possibly my favorite state park in Maine now. I may even love it more than Acadia National Park, which is saying a lot. Lubec is as far Downeast as Downeast goes in Maine, which is why I put off going for so long-- it was a 3 hour drive, though only 135 miles from my house. The long drive was certainly worth it!

I left the house around 5 am and arrived in Lubec around 8:00. The park's website says that they open at 9:00, but I'm not sure if that's correct because we and a handful of other people were there at 8 and the ranger didn't seem to take issue with that. Thankfully it was a beautiful day and there was no fog so the visibility was great. I could see the neighboring Canadian islands--  Grand Manan and Campobello. Sadly I wasn't able to visit Campobello, where Roosevelt Campobello International Park is, because I kinda forgot to apply for a passport. From what I've read, US citizens can go to the island without a passport but can't return without one, so that posed an issue for me. I was pretty grumpy about that the whole drive to Lubec but quickly got over it when I arrived at Quoddy Head. How could I be in a bad mood in such a beautiful place?

West Quoddy Head Light is by far my favorite lighthouse in Maine. I mean, it looks like a candy cane, it's adorable! The stripes aren't just there to be cute, they're there for better visibility in bad weather. The lighthouse is the main attraction at this park, but the rocky coastline is my favorite thing about the park. There's some stairs not too far from the lighthouse and parking lot where the beach can be accessed. We hung out on the beach for a bit and watched the waves, some boats go by, and a seal lookin' for a meal.

rock balancing, rock stacking, stone stacking, stone balancing

The further down the Coastal Trail we got, the more I kept saying "this is my favorite place." I was a broken record about it. The ocean was a beautiful blue-green, the craggy coastline was fun to explore, and all the pine trees, lichens, and berries made me feel like I was in a Scandinavian folktale.

Gulliver's Hole was one of my favorite things about the park. It's a narrow little cove surrounded by cliffs. There were some trails that some brave people had made down into the cove (which I think isn't actually permitted) but I was not one of those brave people. The trails didn't look very safe, so I got my thrills by standing on the edge of the cliffs and looking down into the crashing waves. I'm afraid of a lot of things, but not heights!

downeast maine cliffs
 The trails here are very easy and relaxing. I guess my only advice to other visitors would be to turn your phone on airplane mode before you get to the park. Verizon tried to slap us with some international data fees since we were so close to Canada. Though the drive was long, visiting Quoddy Head State Park was certainly worth it. I could have spent a lot more time there, sadly I don't feel like I got the whole Quoddy Head experience, but I'm already planning another trip.
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