Once Upon a Time I visited New Harbor, Maine 

New Harbor, Maine, September 2009

A view from Barbara's porch in New Harbor, Maine. September, 2009

Barbara Richardson at New Harbor Bay

In late-August/early-September, 2009, I spent a week visiting Barbara Richardson at her summer home overlooking the ocean in New Harbor, Maine. 

Located on Pemaquid Peninsula -- which Good Morning America calls the most spectacular area of Maine -- New harbor is one of the last working harbors remaining along the Atlantic mid-coast.

An interesting aside: Lookout Hill in New Harbor is a "mountain summit in Lincoln County in the state of Maine (ME). Lookout Hill climbs to 108 feet (32.92 meters) above sea level."

Barbara's Cottage

This small, basic, two-bedroom cottage facing the harbor is where Barbara spends her summers.

Barbara's family was from Maine, and she was born and raised in New Harbor. But, like her siblings, she left Maine for college and professional career. Before their deaths, her parents sold the family home, so she now rents this cottage each summer.

According to a New Harbor promo, "The harbor and surrounding area are steeped in the rich history of fishing, lobstering and boat building. The peninsula is mostly residential with large tracks of undeveloped land... Things here are simple, peaceful, relaxed and move at a comfortable pace. This is what sets New Harbor apart and attracts most of our visitors."

Barbara's cottage, New Harbor, ME, 2009

September, 2009

Lobster dinner at Barbara's cottage overlooking the harbor, New Harbor, ME, September 2009

September, 2009

A Maine Lobster Dinner

During the week I was visiting Barbara, I had lobster in one form or another every day. Interestingly, I never have lobster at home.

This is a picture a lobster dinner we had on Barbara's porch overlooking the harbor. We got the lobsters from a local fisherman, who cooked them for us.


Maine imposes a maximum legal size of between 3 8/32 and 5 inches carapace-length so all our biggest breeders, which may produce 100,000 eggs rather than the average 10,000 eggs, can stay in the population and continue to add to the lobster stock yearly.


Barbara and I go back a very long ways to our days together in the early 1980's at the National Institute of Education.

Barbara went on to become a dean at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and then professor at Western Michigan University, from which she retired in 2006. 

Barbara now divides her time between Naples, FL, New Harbor, ME, and Ypsilanti, MI. At her Michigan home, she has three Christmas trees, which she keeps up and decorated all year.

In various years, I have visited her in each of these.


Barbara Richardson, New Harbor, ME, September 2009

September, 2009

Elizabeth VanderPutten, New Harbor, ME, September 2009

September, 2009


This is at the Lobster Wharf, where we ate lobsters! You can see lobster boats in the harbor.

Monhegan Island Overnight

Monhegan Island is 12 nautical miles off the coast of Maine in the open ocean. It is an artist colony, popular in the summer, and accessed by ferry. We stayed at the Monhegan Island Inn.

We had a beautiful evening the first night we were there, took some walks, had a great lobster dinner.

The next day, when we were leaving, Hurricane Danny passed off the coast and set the ocean churning. The winds roared, the waves crested at six to seven feet, and the ferry tossed and turned...sea sickness for many. I must say it was really a fun ride!

But Barbara and I were glad to get back (and Brian was relieved to learn).

Monhegan Island ferry boat landing as we were getting ready to leave, September, 2009

The Harbor Princess boat we took on a whale watching trip from New Harbor, Maine, September 2009

September, 2009

Boothbay Whale Watch

The next day, we took a whale viewing tour on the Harbor Princess.

It was a lovely day, clear skies, warm temperatures, calm seas. 

We started off with a tour of New Harbor and its various islands, homes, wildlife and historic lighthouses. 

Then we put out to sea to the whales feeding grounds, looking for Finbacks, Humpbacks, Minkes, dolphins and porpoises, harbor seals, sharks, ocean sunfish and a great variety of open ocean birds. 

We saw lots of dolphins, but all the whales got scared away by Hurricane Danny.