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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).
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.
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
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.
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.
Sea Kayaking in Bar Harbor
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