Maine '06

Maine '06

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Flight from Gaithersburg, MD to Bar Harbor, ME

We departed Gaithersburg and climbed up through a very sparse layer of clouds to find smooth air above. We crossed the Delaware River, then flew directly over Philadelphia towards New York. We then flew the Hudson River Corridor below and between some complicated airspace reserved for Newark, JFK, and La Guardia airports. This path followed the Hudson River right along the Western edge of Manhattan, at about 1000ft above the river, an altitude that's lower than the tops of some of the tallest buildings (the Empire State Building is 1250ft).
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Conowingo Dam
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Philadelphia Intl
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Philly
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Governor's Island
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Manhattan
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With New York's airspace behind us, we headed Northeast with a loose plan to follow the Atlantic coast the rest of the way up to Maine, though we'd cut across a big chunk of Massachusetts to save some time, as we were (as always) running a little late.
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Somewhere in CT
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We made our only en-route stop at Pawtucket RI, chosen for being sort of in the middle, and for having relatively cheap fuel prices. This place seemed like it was a top notch facility, oh, about 40 years ago, but they had a nice pilot lounge with cushy chairs and a big TV, and we finished off our brown-bag lunch here.

A quick call up to Bar Harbor brought us the realization that we needed to keep things moving lest we arrive after the airport rental car desk closes for the evening, so we were soon on our way again.

We crossed Massachusetts about 10 miles west of Boston (to keep clear of the Logan Airport airspace), rejoined the coast near the border between New Hampshire and Maine, and followed the Maine coast up to Bar Harbor.
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taking off from Pawtucket RI
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Boston
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xoxo...
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Approaching Bar Harbor airport
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Short final, Bar Harbor

Baxter State Park

We drove from Bar Harbor up to Baxter State Park in Northern Maine. This park contains the Northern end of the Appalachian Trail at Mt. Katahdin. We hiked for the day, but being too lazy to pack the camping gear, headed back to Bar Harbor afterwards.
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Crikey!!!
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Sea Kayaking in Bar Harbor

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Acadia NP

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Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mtn
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The phart room

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Harry Mantakos / harry@meretrix.com