My first stop was a small Visitor Center where a volunteer told me how to get to Eagle Hill Bog. Even with instructions, I managed to drive past it the first time, but at last I arrived. I have to say, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to follow Bob Duchesne's instructions. He, like my birding buddy Don, believes, a short walk is anything under 5 miles. Also, I was not absolutely certain Bob's instructions once I was at the bog's wooden walkway would work. So as I headed onto the boardwalk, I had a dubious view of the walking I was in for.
|Entrance to the Eagle Hill Bog Boardwalk|
|I admit, the wooden boardwalk looked delightfully weathered.|
|Magnolia Warble in a Larch Tree|
|Those Ruby eyes were ANGRY!|
|My Irate Lifer - the Northern Goshawk|
|DUCK! I mean, hawk, DUCK!|
|The cottage was chock full of guides with interesting tales|
|Where one can imagine loads of interesting meals|
and even more interesting story telling took place
The cute kitchen room where the informal dining took place. I could imagine Franklin and Roosevelt chatting or swatting at the kids over breakfast. Or would a governess do all the swatting?
I had a genuine thrill going up the central wooden stairwell, that led to the upstairs bedrooms and multiple bathrooms. It wasn't lost on me I trod up the same stairs that Eleanor Roosevelt spent her summers on, from the age of 19 into her adulthood. I said the cottage had 34 rooms, but that doesn't mean the cottage was Downton Abbey huge, it was Canadian modest. I was told Eleanor saw to it the family servants enjoyed the same comforts as the Roosevelt family did.
|Upstairs, the bedroom where Franklin fell ill from polio and the window seat on|
which Eleanor slept as she nursed him one dreadful night
|One of the Children's rooms with a hanging model of a recently invented new fangled biplane|
|The Servants rooms were not that much smaller than the |
family rooms and they were located in the same hallway
Here is one of the upstairs bathrooms, or rather 'water closet'. It really wasn't much smaller than the smallest of the bedrooms. As there weren't private baths attached to bedrooms it may have been liberally used by the Roosevelt family, guests and servants alike.
Please flush before you go on to the next photo.
Here is one of the best things at the cottage, located back on the first floor. A view of beautiful Passamaquoddy Bay. The guide said the view has changed quite a bit since the days the Roosevelts summered here. Hum... one has to wonder what the view may have been like back then.
|The view from the living room|
|Headed for the Roosevelt International Bridge back to Lubec, Maine|
|Wildflowers mix with low bush Blueberries. Colorful |
beehives house the busy worker bees that keep the blueberries coming.