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I took off for Deer Isle, Maine scenic route on my quest of the National Geographic 300 Scenic Highways & Byways.
This was a short scenic drive at 87 miles; however it took almost all day with twists and turns, narrow roads, and looping back on the same road to get to another inlet of the island.
There weren't many tourists out here like the other places I had visited. It's a definite beauty with incredible bridges and cause ways that are curvy through the channel and harbors.
Castine, Maine Lighthouse
Lily and I visited a lighthouse in Castine, Maine that plants you right in the back yard of the residence of the light house. The couple who live in the home were enjoying the weekend on their back porch when I showed up in the backyard to go to the light house.
I was mortified thinking I was trespassing on private property and here I was in their back yard. By the way – it's not fenced in case you were wondering and the path to the lighthouse leads you through their yard.
We ended up having a nice chat about the lighthouse and that it was perfectly okay for me to be there. They are actual local residents of this area. Of course my favorite question is; “How do you like the winters – isn't it really cold with lots of snow?” I'm sure they get this question a lot.
Everybody I've spoken to seems to love it – snow and all!
I Need a Class B Van!
Although there wasn't a ton of places to pull over and sightsee, I could have explored more in the little towns, but with my Class C RV at 26 feet there just wasn't the space to park in most areas. The island is very compact with compact parking spaces that aren't conducive for RVs of my size or bigger.
I'm still thinking I need a Class B van.
I managed to pull over, in the middle of the street and capture the boats in the harbor though.
Leaving Deer Isle
I was pretty tired after this drive with shoulders sore and ready to just sleep. It seems like it's been a long week with so much driving.
I found a Walmart in Ellesburg, Maine and camped out for the night here, replenished groceries, and such before heading back out to explore more of Maine.
Overnights & Places Visited
- Walmart / $0
Places Visited/Cost for Maine Sightseeing:
- Deer Isle, Maine / $0 and no tolls for the bridges.
- You can drive this route in any RV; however parking is a different story. I had problems in my 26 foot trying to find any place to park in the little towns to explore. You'll need something smaller like a van or use your tow vehicle if you have one.
Cell Phone Signal Strength: 2 bars off and on
Park Pass: N/A
Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging
Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video
Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.
AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.
Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.