Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Welcome to Maine

There is just something about driving past the “Welcome to Maine” highway sign that makes us so happy and like we are home (the other place that makes us feel that way is 30A).  Coming back to Maine conjures up the homey illusion of walking into a wood-laden lodge with the smell of bread baking and the sound of a crackle in the stone fireplace – we are immediately warm, comfortable, and cozy.  For Betsy, she has family ties to Maine and has great memories of playing with cousins, frolicking in the chilly ocean water in Kennebunk, and eating seafood.  For me, I love the Maine small town atmosphere where the policeman smiles and waves, you pump your gas before having to pay, and you pick up a bundle of firewood from a wagon at the end of a driveway and drop three dollars in a coffee can.  For both of us, we love the dense pine forests that smell of Christmas, the spectacle of crashing surf overpowering jagged rocks, and the playground Maine provides for outdoor-enthusiasts. 

As sentimental as all that sounds there is one other reason we love Maine that I forgot to mention . . . LOBSTER!  Over 90% of the country’s harvest comes from this state which is sure to satisfy our crustaceanal (my word, not Webster's) cravings this summer.  


Remarkably it has been three years since we have been to Maine.  The first summer we began full-time RV’ing we spent four and a half glorious months here and now we are posed to do that again.  We are looking forward to spending the summer with Betsy’s brother Mark and friends in Bar Harbor and enjoying the smell of salty ocean air and blueberry-something baking in the oven.  What is different about this summer is that we will be working at a private campground (The Narrows Too) for three months.  We had such a great work camping experience last year in Idaho that this job has stiff competition and we hope it is just as enjoyable.  I’m sure we will have a great summer in Maine and look forward to seeing some of our favorite places with wonderful people.  And there is that other thing . . .



5 comments:

  1. Where's the drawn butter? I'm drooling!

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  2. We always knew we were in Maine when the McDonald's signs said "Lobster Rolls are In". We're happy for you that you're back in a place you love - that's how we feel about the Southern Oregon Coast. Lots of similarities, except instead of lobster we have the Dungeness Crab. Lots of healthy seafood....and butter is a dairy product, so it must be good for you, right?

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  3. You just HAD to put those lobster pictures in, didn't you? Just to make the rest of us jealous! ;c)

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  4. I kind of figured you had taken the job at Narrows Too when I saw you headed that way :-). Say hello to Dave and Laura from us! I'm sure you'll do fine, it's a wonderful location to spend the summer.

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  5. Do you have an extra place at your table?

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