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Mainely Lobstah!

Thomaston, ME, September 9, 2013

sunny 64 °F

It was another short drive today, about 90 miles to Thomaston, ME. Along the way we had lunch at Moody's Diner in Waldoboro, as per Paul and Ann's recommendation. We thoroughly enjoyed it! We are staying at Saltwater Farm Campground, which is light years better than Pt. Sebago. The campground is situated high above the St. George River and we have a very nice view out the back window.
The coast of Maine is so rocky and irregular and there are many peninsulas to explore. This afternoon we chose the St. George peninsula. We ended up at the Marshall Point Lighthouse, which is on the very tip of the peninsula. On one side is the St. George River with the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Very picturesque and Maine-like. We stopped for chowdah at a place recommended by the campground, but they are closed for the season. I'm sure we will find some seafood tomorrow!
Marshall point Lighthouse

Marshall point Lighthouse

Dedicated to all who have perished.

Dedicated to all who have perished.

Each lobsterman has his own bout color scheme.

Each lobsterman has his own bout color scheme.

Typical Maine seashore scene.

Typical Maine seashore scene.

Another view

Another view

Going out for more lobsters.

Going out for more lobsters.

A Maine Whoopie Pie!

A Maine Whoopie Pie!


If you are keeping track the score is:
Lobster-1
Lobster rolls-2
Clam chowdah-2
Whoopie pies-3
The weather today started out beautifully sunny, clouding up this afternoon, then clearing this evening. The temp only hit 64°, though. Nice and Fall-like.

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Down East

Sebago Lake, Maine, September 7-8, 2013

overcast 70 °F

Here we are in another state, Maine. It was only about 95 miles to get here, but back roads take longer! We are staying at Pt. Sebago Beach and RV Resort and, boy are we disappointed! We have seen so much about this resort that we were expecting a fantastic place. For $63 all we got was a crummy site. Water, electric, sewer and cable included. The wifi didn't reach our site and it wasn't even level! Absolutely no landscaping of any kind, no grass, sites too close together. Yuk. Lots of amenities, many of which were closed because it is after Labor Day. Never coming back here. Enough bitching!
After we got set up yesterday we headed into Freeport to get our L.L. Bean fix. What a great store just to wander through. I actually spent $3.95! Freeport has changed quite a bit since we were there last. Now it is a shopping destination with tons of outlet and other stores. Cute town, though with good lobster.
Big Boots to fill.

Big Boots to fill.

If I hold on to the corn maybe she won't eat me!

If I hold on to the corn maybe she won't eat me!


Today we headed a little bit south to Portland. The city was so busy, even on a Sunday, that we had a heck of a time finding a place to park. There is an observatory up on a the hill that was built to signal the harbor that ships were coming in. We had a great tour of it all the way to the top of its 85 foot height. Beautiful 365° views.
1809 Observatory

1809 Observatory

View from top of Observatory

View from top of Observatory


There are a number of forts in the harbor area that we could see from the top and lighthouses, as well. Fort Williams and the Portland Head Light are on the same beautiful property, with the Bug Light and Spring Point Ledge Lighthouses both on breakwaters. They were all different, but we couldn't go up in any of them. Next Saturday is Lighthouse Day and they will all be open.
Actual piece of Berlin Wall

Actual piece of Berlin Wall

Spring Point Lighthouse in Portland Harbor

Spring Point Lighthouse in Portland Harbor

Liberty Ship monument

Liberty Ship monument

Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse

You know you are in Maine when you see a beeper like this.

You know you are in Maine when you see a beeper like this.

Lobster Roll in Portland

Lobster Roll in Portland

At the lighthouse.

At the lighthouse.


Weather has been chilly, in the high 60s and low 70s, with sun, clouds and rain.

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Family and Friends, again!

Ashland, NH, September 5-6, 2013

sunny 70 °F

The last few days have been busy with family and friends again. Yesterday we took a drive out towards the coast to Somersworth to visit with our niece, Mandi. We hadn't seen her in quite a while and we had a wonderful visit with her. She is expecting her second child and looks great. It was a beautiful day and a lovely ride through the country, on many roads we had not traveled before.
Our niece, Mandy

Our niece, Mandy


We went into Plymouth today, home of Plymouth State College and a favorite town to go to. This year they celebrated 250 years!!
Plymouth, NH

Plymouth, NH


This afternoon we went to see Massapequa High School friend, Dave Fritts and his wife Patty. We had spent some time with them the other day and they invited us to their house where more MHS folks were coming. We couldn't stay too long but did have a good time. Their house is beautiful with a spectacular view of Winnisquam Lake.
View from Dave and Patty's home.

View from Dave and Patty's home.

4th grade in Massepequa, NY

4th grade in Massepequa, NY


The reason we had to leave was because we had dinner plans with another niece, Becky, Mandi's sister. We met Becky and her daughters at the Tilton Diner, a delicious spot. It was a great dinner, a wonderful visit and the girls were delightful. It is obvious that Becky and Joe are doing a fabulous job raising them.
Becky and the girls!

Becky and the girls!

Evalina and Ariana with us.

Evalina and Ariana with us.


The weather had been just right! Cold nights, cool days. As a matter of fact it was 49° inside this morning, but we have heat, not to worry! It's beginning to feel like Fall here, my favorite season.

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A Day in the Notch!

Franconia Notch, NH, September 4, 2013

sunny 73 °F

Today was a spectacular day, weather wise, and we spent it up in the Notch. Franconia Notch is one of my favorite places in New Hampshire and oh so beautiful. Since the addition of I-93 it is a quick trip up there to the mountains. We started at Indian Head, which is a natural rock formation that resembles an Indian Head. Ever since the Old Man crashed we have missed him, so Indian Head seemed like somewhat of a substitute. After admiring him we headed north and stopped at The Flume. This is a beautiful natural gorge with boardwalks allowing guests to safely enjoy the walk through. There are waterfalls and boulders, covered bridges and narrow pathways. We had a terrific walk through, with no crowds!
Indian Head rock formation

Indian Head rock formation

The Flume

The Flume

Walking the Flume

Walking the Flume

The Flume

The Flume


Unfortunately, some clouds rolled in while we were walking through the Flume. Our plan was to go up the Aerial Tramway next. Along the way The Basin came into view, so, of course, we stopped. Being the good tourists we were today we didn't want to miss anything. The Basin is a huge pool formed by water rushing over the rocks. It is beautiful to see the water swirl around in the pool and wonder how long it will be before new directions are formed.
30 deep here.

30 deep here.

Nice spot on Pemigewassat River

Nice spot on Pemigewassat River


Again we headed for the Aerial Tramway. This is a large, 80 person, gondola that carries passengers up Cannon Mountain all year round. In the winter for skiing, leaf peeping the fall and in the summer for tourists enjoying the views of the gorgeous countryside. Even though it was cloudy we rode up. The visibility was 50 miles with some wind and temps about 50 at the summit. The ride is about 7 minutes and very smooth. We rode in the 'mustard' car and watched the 'ketchup' one come down. That's yellow and red, by the way. At the summit there is a rim trail that gives views in all directions, and a lookout tower that makes it even more beautiful.
Pretty high up

Pretty high up

View from top of Cannon Mtn.

View from top of Cannon Mtn.

Cannon Mtn.

Cannon Mtn.

On top of Cannon (brrrr)

On top of Cannon (brrrr)

The Cannon tram.

The Cannon tram.

Looking down on Echo Lake

Looking down on Echo Lake


After returning to the ground we made a stop at the New England Historical Ski Museum right there on the grounds. It is full of fabulous photos and facts about skiing from way back. Also are new artifacts, like Bode Miller's Olympic Medals. He learned to ski and perfect his sport right there on Cannon Mountain and donated all 5 of his Olympic Medals to the museum. It was all very interesting. On the tram our driver told us about a spot to get wonderful views of the mountain and Echo Lake right below, so we hiked up to Artist's Bluff above Echo Lake to see for ourselves. He was correct, the scene is gorgeous. But it was also beautiful right down on the beach at Echo Lake, too.
Pre-1980 tram at Cannon

Pre-1980 tram at Cannon

Bodie Miller's Olympic medals

Bodie Miller's Olympic medals

Up on Artist Bluff in Franconia Notch

Up on Artist Bluff in Franconia Notch

So quiet after Labor Day

So quiet after Labor Day


As I said, it was a beautiful day, sun and clouds, temps reaching 73.

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Live Free or Die!

Ashland, NH, September 1-3, 2013

overcast 72 °F

Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest state capital in the country, so we had to go see it. It really is a very small city, but we were surprised to find so many things open on Sunday. We wandered the streets, had some lunch and admired the capital building. It really is a beautiful capital building especially with a tree covered mountain right behind it. After wandering around town we drove up to Hubbard Park where there is a stone observation tower donated to the city by a Mr. Hubbard. We got a beautiful view from the top.
VT State Capitol Building

VT State Capitol Building

Hubbard Observation Tower

Hubbard Observation Tower

View from top of Hubbards tower.

View from top of Hubbards tower.


Monday was predicted to be rainy and we were traveling, so we got an early start. With only 80 miles to go it was an easy trip. We drove into New Hampshire and stopped at my parent's grave sites first. They needed a little attention and we cleaned them up. Our campground in Ashland is very nice and we were thrilled to get in and get set up before the rain really hit us. There were flood watches and warnings all afternoon and evening, but no problem for us. I was a little concerned because the campground is on the Ames Brook. Everything was fine, though. Dinner was at The Common Man, one of our favorites in the area.
Today we took a ride up to North Conway and boy has it changed! We haven't been up there in years and it has become so commercialized. We did a little shopping then took a ride on the Conway Scenic Train. Unfortunately it was quite cloudy, so no great mountain photos, but the ride was great. There were 2 covered bridges in the area that we sought. One we were able to drive over and the other we could only walk across.
1956 electric engine

1956 electric engine

Conway railcar

Conway railcar

Going over the Saco River.

Going over the Saco River.

Conductor on Conway Scenic Railroad

Conductor on Conway Scenic Railroad

New Hampshire covered bridge #48

New Hampshire covered bridge #48


Back to Meredith and dinner at Hart's Turkey Farm. Delicious, of course! Remember BFers? We stopped to play some games at Funspot and while we were there I got a Facebook message. It was from a Massapequa High School friend Dave Fritts, that lives in New Hampshire. It turns out he and his wife live about 10 minutes away and wanted to get together. We had a wonderful time reminiscing and laughing! It was so much fun to be able to see him again. With a little luck we'll be able to get together again before we leave here.
OMG the best turkey in America!!

OMG the best turkey in America!!

Games of chance at Funspot

Games of chance at Funspot

Jeanne and Dave

Jeanne and Dave


The weather hasn't been great, with rain, clouds and temps in the low 70s.

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