A Wicked Awesome Day

Foliage is slowly changing on the seacoast of New Hampshire. There are rich yellows and reds scattered around Exeter. If we drove an hour or so inland to the higher elevations we would be greeted by a kaleidoscope of color.

We decided not to join the train of leaf peepers heading for magic in the hills this year. All we wanted this Columbus Day weekend was a simple day adventure and that quest took us to Mt. Agamenticus in Southern Maine for a first visit. Most locals call it Mt. A. Just try to say Mt. Agamenticus three times fast.

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Maine has 17 million acres of fall foliage to discover however there was little to be found on Mt. A, a conservation region of more than 10,000 acres located inside 30,000 acres of conservation land. We soon discovered it was mostly about hiking. Cars galore parked below the mountain, along the approach, and atop with few people to be seen. They were all hiking or biking on the abundant trails.

decked out for a day on the trails



Couple with twins on their back!

At the summit (that we drove up 😏)  views were spectacular. The ocean to the east and the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the west where leaves in the distance showed telltale signs of color to come.




On the ocean side, we could see all the way to Kennebunkport… hazy but made a little closer with my telephoto lens. We thought about lunching there but it’s about a 45 minute drive from Mt. A by auto, so we chose a closer destination for a walk and dinner.


On our way out, mister gardener pointed out numerous birds in a section roped off as Regrowth Area. Happy song sparrows dining on seeds entertained us with antics in the hips of rugosa roses.

Mt. Agamenthus song sparrows 2018

And how about those native New England asters (Symphyothichum novae-angliae) that dotted the summit? Those bold colors certainly got our attention… beautiful and filled with bumblebees.

New England Aster 2018

There were plenty of monarch butterflies fluttering and feeding in the Regrowth Area.


We followed up with a trip to seaside town of Ogunquit where we found an abundance of fall color. Mums, pumpkins, scarecrows and a village packed with colorful tourists took center stage.

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After a walk along Marginal Way and strolling Ogunquit village and enjoying a cup of homemade cider, we finished up the day with a taste of Maine seafood before heading home to New Hampshire. These little neck clams stuffed with chorizo and buttered bread crumbs and a cup of soup were a satisfying ending to our day adventure. It was a Wicked Awsome Day!

Five littlenecks stuffed with chorizo and buttered breadcrumbs


No More ‘Bugs’ till Next Year

Whether you come by boat or arrive by car, Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier is one of the most fun destinations for an evening meal in southern Maine. The menu is simple with the star event being the ‘sea bug’ or lobster, of course, but other delicacies from the sea are offered along with a sprinkling of nice sides and a few non-seafood dishes.

Kayaks arriving for dinner?

This is a very popular, casual and colorful BYOB restaurant located right on the creek in Kittery Point. It closes the day after Labor Day so my daughter and family thought it’d be a great place to celebrate the holiday with one last crustacean indulgence, especially since it was featured in Bon Appétit in July.  We arrived early under threat of impending rain but the deck was already full of happy diners and noisy merrymakers who seemed settled in for awhile.

Chauncey Creek Lobster PierDiners are welcome to not only bring their own alcohol, they are encouraged to bring any dish that isn’t on the menu. And everyone does… complete with tablecloths and their own glasses!

Welcome!BYOB and food!We shared tasty appetizers and drinks that my son-in-law provided until our meal was served. With the attentive servers, mostly young college kids, it didn’t take long at all. Bibs tied on, napkins in place, these finger-licking goodies disappeared fast.

On Mother’s Day 2015, Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier will throw open the gates and again welcome diners to a lobster feast on the river as they have done since 1948. If you’re ever in this neck of the woods and have a hankering for good seafood and a lively atmosphere, hop on over to Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier in Kittery Point, Maine.