Maine Circle Part 2 – From Calais to Belfast
Part two of my Maine Circle. In the middle, you see the border. The US in White – Canada in Green. I crossed into Maine next to the water there. Followed Highway 1 along the coast. The sky was mostly gray the whole day, so no use to go closer to the water. The last pictures are from all the way down on the left on the map.
Crossing the Border into the USA
The border crossing in Calais is a simple, small bridge over the Saint Croix River. I stopped at the window and handed my passport. Into the computer, it went. I was reading the sign “No Fruit”. Gave the nice man my apples. He asked me for my ESTA. I told him I have it. I only forget one thing – the ESTA was for the old passport and this was a new one. So I had to park and come inside the station. Needed to fill out my ESTA form, and they took VISA to pay for it. Took about 30 minutes, and I was free to go. Stopped at the next store to get some change in case they have road tolls around here.
Eastport is the least-populous city in Maine, and it’s consisting entirely of islands. Stopped for a look at the small harbor. A light drizzle and some wind kept me there for a while. Was not too happy to go and explore the rest of the city.
Outside Pembroke, Maine
In 1633, Richard Vines established a trading post in the area. The French and the English were fighting over the area for quite some time.
The first naval battle of the American Revolution was the Battle of Machias in June 1775.
According to the history of the Passamaquoddy Indians, the Ellsworth area was originally inhabited by members of the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribe. The oldest mention of the place is from the French explorer Thevet in 1556.
Stockton Springs, Maine
The first settler arrived about 1759 here. At that time, Fort Pownall at the mouth of the Penobscot River was completed.
Belfast is a small city at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River in Waldo County. Another one of those – take it from the native tribes and give it to the guys from Europe. Later sell it again and build a city. Wikipedia has the whole story about Belfast, Maine. I had a bit of daylight left and took a few more snaps.
Time to walk back to the car and find a nice sleeping spot for tonight.