Colors of Maine with Ron Gaskins & Amanda Haddox
October 2 - October 8$1695
In October, Mountaineer Photo Excursions will be falling UP! We will be enjoying “Fall” in Maine..UP, or north, from most of the east coast! Amanda and Ron were in Maine for a workshop in June of last year and had a great time with our Workshoppers! Since then, we’ve been back and have scouted for a fall workshop and have included several new venues! The fall colors in “The Pine Tree State” are outstanding, and we anticipate being there during their peak!
Several lighthouses will be on our schedule, including sunrise at the scenic and most photographed lighthouse in the world, the Portland Head Lighthouse. Completed in 1791, it’s also Maine’s oldest lighthouse. We will also be visiting the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. With its iconic rocky shoreline and bedrock base that descends from the lighthouse into the ocean, it was selected to represent Maine on the state’s quarter. In addition, we plan to visit the “Bug Light,” and Spring Point Light at Fort Preble.
Of course, Bar Harbor will be on our schedule, including a visit to Agamont Park, which overlooks Frenchman’s Bay. The “Margaret Todd” sailing ship serves as a perfect foreground as the sun rises over the water. There are also many opportunities for some souvenir shopping in downtown Bar Harbor, as well as restaurants. From here, we’ll embark on a whale watching cruise into the Atlantic Ocean! We’re also planning for time at the beautiful Acadia National Park, where we’ll ride the “Island Explorer” shuttle to visit Jordan Pond, the Bubbles, Otter Cliff, Eagle Lake, the Schoodic Peninsula, Thunder Hole, and other sites.
An historic stop will be Maine’s Fort Knox, one of the best-preserved examples of coastal defense structures from the mid-1800s. Nearby is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory. We’ll ride Maine’s fastest elevator up 420 feet for breathtaking views of the Penobscot River and Bay as the hillsides show off their stunning autumn colors.
Traveling south, the Maine Maritime Museum is waiting for us on the banks of the Kennebec River. The Museum is a combination of indoor galleries of exhibits promoting Maine’s maritime heritage and culture; outdoors, the only surviving shipyard allows us to see where wooden sailing vessels were built, and many of the original buildings have been preserved. An Autumn Splendor Cruise on the Kennebec River will be included in our visit. Along with a unique views of peak fall foliage from the water, sights include various lighthouses, along with bald eagles and other waterfowl.
Our “Colors of Maine” week-long workshop includes local transportation, two cruises and lodging for the entire week, as well as any fees and admission to our selected venues. Of course, Amanda and Ron will be your guides and instructors, and will share their photography knowledge and experience to help you improve your skills and return home with amazing images. We’ve created an exciting schedule to “expose” you to a wide variety of sights and experiences to remember from the “Colors of Maine” photo workshop.
WHEN: October 2 – 8 (Sunday – Saturday). We will meet at our motel on Sunday afternoon and begin our “Colors of Maine” workshop on Monday morning. After experiences and photographs of a full week, we will check out and head home on Saturday.
WHERE: This workshop will include several locations along the shore as we travel south from Bar Harbor. All local transportation is included in the cost of this workshop. We will primarily use a 15-passenger van and utilize the “Island Explorer” shuttle within Acadia Natl. Park. If you are traveling by air, the Hancock County – Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) is conveniently located in Trenton, ME, near our selected motel.
LODGING: Lodging is included with this workshop, and we will be guests of the Acadia Sunrise Motel. The motel is convenient for all our travels and provides a comfortable place to rest for the next day’s adventures. Regular rooms include a queen bed, full bath, flat screen TV, microwave, refrigerator, and free WIFI. A limited number of Family rooms are available with two queen beds at an increased fee.
WHO: Mountaineer Photo Excursions is welcoming 10 participants to this event. We will operate in accordance with the appropriate health requirements by the Maine State authorities. Currently, there are no restrictions on visitors to Maine. The Maine CDC is not requiring masks.
FEE: Registration will open on Saturday, May 21, 2022. We are offering an “Early Bird” discount fee of just $1695.00. (save 15% – $300), if you register no later than Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 11:00 pm. Registration after that time will be at the regular fee. We will accept your $800 deposit to confirm your spot.
The regular workshop fee will be $1995.00. Both the regular and discount fees include a full week of field trips, photography instruction, admission to our selected venues, lodging for six nights at our designated location, and local transportation. Meals are not included; transportation to/from Bar Harbor is not included. A second participant staying in the same room will receive a discount. Non-participating companions may stay in the same room at no additional charge but may NOT accompany us on our field trips. We cannot provide transportation for non-participants. The deadline for regular registration is September 3, 2022, at 11:00 pm.
CONTACT: Email MountaineerPhotoExcursions@gmail.com to register or if you have questions. You may also call 304-532-0070. Our standard Liability Waiver is required to participate in this event. See the “About Us” page on our website for our full cancellation and refund information.