Towards the light

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West Quoddy Head Lighthouse on a misty Maine morning.

My last morning up north began with another omelet at Fisherman’s Wharf. Before checking out I embarked upon a brief walking tour around Lubec.  This is a pretty town and I was remiss I had not devoted time to exploring here.  Obviously long established (for the USA), my walk was a bit unsettling because it suggested tourism was the key driver of local industry, rather than anything more self-sufficient.

After checking out I drove about eight miles to West Quoddy Head, the easternmost point of the United States and home of the candy striped West Quoddy Head Light.  I couldn’t quite get my head around this – why was the point farthest east named west?  The answer is really quite obvious – do you know why?

 

It was a vintage Maine morning: refreshingly cool and crisp with a thin fog shrouding the shorelines.

This is why the Coastal Trail at West Quoddy Head State Park is so splendid!
  A small crowd was already gathering around the lighthouse, even though it was still before 10AM when the visitor center opens. Just circling the splendid lighthouse I was asked three times to snap photographs by fellow visitors wanting to document reaching the easternmost point in the United States.  This made me happy to be here off-season, concluding crowds might be obnoxious during peak touring time.

 

On the south side is a granite marker commemorating the easternmost status, which has a bare dirt spot immediately in front: clearly the staging area for a million photos!  Tours of the tower are offered occasionally, but certainly not when I was here (two weeks before they closed down for the winter).  There is a small visitor center, formerly the keeper’s quarters, which is no charge and well done.

Stand here to snap your memorial picture of being at the easternmost point in the USA...
  There are the expected displays around lighthouse keepers from days gone by, complemented by exhibits on lobsters, lobstering and lobster boats.  You are able to purchase a cheesy certificate validating your arrival at the easternmost point for $3, witnessed by the attendant behind the register (it is also a small gift shop).  Of course I had to buy one as there were no tacky magnets offered.

 

Quoddy Head State Park abuts the lighthouse and I had read its Coastal Trail was a superb hike.  Made an inquiry of the attendant how long the round trip was, prompting him to provide me with a handy trail guide.  His information proved a bit off – indicating seven miles when I would hazard just over four after completing the circuit – but the trail map more than compensated for the error.  Off I went and wound up hiking every trail here except for one.  The day’s treks were a wonderful conclusion to my journey down east, presented in a bit more detail by the reviews, below.

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Lubec Sights & Attractions review
Where East meets West
This is a bona fide triple play for lighthouse fans. A lovely candy striped tower (only one in the USA) in a beautiful setting, West Quoddy Head Ligh… read entire review
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Coast with the most
Surrounding West Quoddy Head Light is a decent state park bearing the same name. Quoddy Head State Park covers 540 acres along the Maine coast and po… read entire review
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Trailing the Coast
One of the trails within Quoddy Head State Park, the Coastal Trail stands head and shoulders above all of its partners – both in terms of elevation … read entire review
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