Early Sunday morning we missed breakfast at the inn, but our host had set aside coffee and scones to go for us. We loaded up the rental and made the trek from Belfast through August and Lewiston to Portland. Rental returned, flights boarded, we made the trek home without incident and found both cats and the house in fine shape.
One of our goals had been to visit and photograph as many lighthouses as we could. While we couldn’t possibly get around to all of them, I think we put a pretty good dent in it. All told, we saw thirteen lighthouses. I was wondering if we shouldn’t run out and find another one for superstition’s sake, but I think we’ll just leave it at that. Here’s the list in order that we saw them…
I had really hoped to get back down to the Portland Head Lighthouse. I was disappointed that my only shot of it was in the rain. However, with the weather as bad as it has been this past week, I don’t think it would have mattered.
One weird little epilogue remains to close out the trip. As I was going back through our photographs I wondered aloud to Laura as to how many of them were purportedly haunted. I remember several Ghost Hunters episodes set in lighthouses, and there is a general air of loneliness and spookiness about them in general. Her response caught me off-guard: “Do your research, then I’ll tell you what I saw.” What??
So, I did a quick Google search using the phrase “Maine haunted lighthouses.” The most prominent hits told of a haunting at Owl’s Head Lighthouse. I relayed this to Laura and she said that while at Owl’s Head, she had caught a figure moving out of the corner of her eye. What she saw roughly fit the description of the supposed ghost, but it wasn’t there when she glanced back. When I zeroed in on Owl’s Head with my research, that really shook her. Spooky coincidence or real ghost? Who knows? It does add a nice little open-ended coda to our tales of travels in Maine, though.