After bringing Ally to Bowdoin College in Brunswick for her "pre-O" trip, Laurie and I headed to Portland to visit there for a couple of days.
After unpacking the truck, there were a bunch of things to do at college: bring camping gear to the field house, have Ally register for her "One Card", bank account and work, attend an opening address from the president, and then the final good-byes. Here we are in front of a statue of the college mascot.
After unpacking and finding Chowderheads, a restaurant recommended by Ann at work, we drove along route 77 and found an ice cream stand.
We then meandered toward the seacoast and found a picturesque bay in Cape Elizabeth.
Before breakfast I headed into Portland from our South Portland motel and went to Mass at St. Peter's church. After Mass I headed back to the motel, and Laurie and I then went out to breakfast at Becky's Diner on the Portland waterfront. A great place for breakfast!
After walking about town for a bit, we booked passage on a ferry that gave a tour of the lighthouses in Casco Bay.
The famed (and frequently photographed) Portland Head lighthouse. This is the second oldest lighthouse in the U.S., after Boston Light on Little Brewster Island.
Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse, which is across the entrance to the bay from Portland Head.
As we headed back toward Portland, the ferry captain took us to a small island to see the seals sunbathing.
That night, we headed to Old Orchard Beach for supper and to visit with Ann and Vinny. Here we are at the Surf 6 restaurant, enjoying lobster rolls.
Old Orchard Beach, looking south from the Pier, with its famed amusement park.
Ann & Vinnys condo (upper left) from the beach.