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Day 44 (10.15.07) - Prospecting in Prospect Harbor

Short Blog Today, we didn't go very far

sunny 55 °F
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Miles Driven: 62
Weather: Mostly sunny, but cold (especially the wind)

We woke up this morning to a beautiful looking day - it was clear blue and sunny. Then we stepped outside. When the wind blows in Maine in October, it is a very cold wind indeed! Fortunately, we didn't need to go outside much - I had some business to take care of on the laptop, so we just stayed warm and cozy in the heated RV and enjoyed the sunshine through the windows.

Having spent half the day working on the laptop, we finally headed out about noon. Today the target was a town named Prospect Harbor. Actually, I think the town name is Gouldsboro and the harbor is Prospect Harbor, I'm not sure. We found this place without incident, a lovely little Maine fishing village with the ubiquitous lighthouse.


After asking around town, we also found the Stinson Cannery, which is now owned by Bumblee Bee (the tuna company). They are still canning Herring here - but after they are canned, they are called Sardines. The sign outside still calls it the "Stinson" Cannery however.


Across the street from the cannery was a large, white house with a lot of windows that Cal Stinson had built. Cal and his wife Morrain had six kids, and some of them lived on the upper floors with their wifes later on. This is no longer owned by Cal Stinson and has been substantially rebuilt, but one wall is supposedly original.


We also picked up three can's of Beech Cliff Sardines that were canned at the Stinson Cannery - we'll have to have a tasting dinner after we get back from our trip (I wonder how the Vermont Maple Syrup and Cabot Cheese will taste with Stinson Sardines?)

We also got a lead on the Town Historian, so went out to her house. Bea was very nice and was able to tell us more about Cal Stinson's family, his father was John Stinson (1864 - 1940) and was a lobster dealer. She also told us that Cal Stinson had bought up many of the Cannery's in Maine and consolidated many the operations in Prospect Harbor over the years. But she didn't know much more about the Stinsons other than those at Prospect Harbor.

So what was all the effort for? We don't know - Mom's grandfather was a Stinson, he may or may not be related to the branch of Stinson's that got into the Cannery business here in Prospect Harbor. It was kind of fun trying to track down information however, whether it pans out or not.

So having run out of information we could track down at Prospect Harbor, we headed south again to visit Arcadia National Park. We made it to the island (called Mount Desert Island) and drove through Bar Harbor. This is a real tourist mecca if you're into those sorts of things. There was a hugh cruise ship in the harbor, wall to wall people, inn's, restaraunts and gift shops. We did have a phone signal (for a change), so pulled over by some soccer fields to make/return calls, check email, etc. Other than that, we saw no point to say in Bar Harbor any longer than necessary, so headed on to Blackwood campground (part of the National Park).

In mid October in Maine, the campground was almost full. Fortunately the handicapped camping spot was still open, so Mom got out her handicapped parking permit and we stopped for the night. There was no internet or phone signal at the campground (it was several miles from Bar Harbor), so we played Rummycubes and enjoyed a good dinner and long nights sleep.

Posted by jl98584 16:46 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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wow, Raul eats those sardines all the time...I didn't know they might be our ansisters (ha ha)
beautiful...just don't feel the cool air on the photos, but very nice.

by rllomas

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