State Bird: Chickadee State Flower: White Pine Cone (Not aware that this was a flower?)
We drove across some breathtaking scenery through northern Vermont, New Hampshire (saving Concord for later) and into Maine to get to Augusta. We FINALLY saw a moose in New Hampshire, and then as soon as we crossed into Maine we saw a bald eagle soaring above us. We learned that the original capital was Portland, and it was moved to Augusta because it was more of a centrally located town. Another factoid for you, Maine was formerly part of Massachusetts and when they constructed this capitol building, they modeled it after the one in Boston. There is also a secret cold war shelter that is fully stocked and staffed somewhere underground.
After we stopped in at the capitol building, we went for some lobster at little local place call The Red Barn. It’s not actually a barn, but it’s a family owned place that locals love. Chris and I split the lobster roll that they are famous for, but just ate the meat inside of the roll. (Ok, I may have nibbled on the roll a little to see how it tasted.)
We decided we needed to stay at a beachfront campground since this was our first time near an ocean since we began our journey. We got in a little later than we hoped, but we couldn’t resist a walk down to the beach! We woke up the next morning ready to explore and watch the tide come in. Posie and water, y’all. Harper and climbing. There was loads to do.
One more capital marked off and added to the map!
Next stop: Acadia National Park!