Linda Dunn


Linda Dunn

North America » United States » Maine June 17th 2018

Ran out of room last blog. Did you know that the peninsulas in Maine look like fingers and US 1 cuts across the knuckles? Just a little trivia from the lady at the visitor’s center in Bath. Forgot to mention we stopped there first yesterday. The visitor’s center was in an old railroad station directly in front of the secured Bath Shipworks. She told us they were closed to the public because they were building a Zumwalt class destroyer and a new stealth class destroyer. It looks like it is all angles with no outside decks. She told us the design confused radar into thinking it was a fishing boat until it was too late. For a secret it seems pretty public. We had to go over a bridge on our way to the peninsulas and ... read more

North America » United States » Maine June 17th 2018

Well eveyone, it is about that time. We should be on the road heading for Carol’s house before nine am tomorrow. So time to catch up on last two days. Yesterday was lighthouse day. We thought about going up to Bar Harbor but figured over three hours each way would cramp our style. Instead we headed to Boothbay and Pemaquid Lighthouse. On the way down the peninsula we found Fort Edgemore, a Revolutionary and Civil War fort set on a promontory overlooking a breathtaking cove. It looked so peaceful. Was built to protect a port further inland because of rumors in both wars that the port was a target. Never materialized though. Bunker looked like an Eagle’s nest home, with eight sides having windows for cannons and slots for riflemen. Onward we drove to the lighthouse. ... read more

North America » United States » Maine June 17th 2018

From there we went to Kennebunkport. I can see why the Bush’s love it. It is a really quaint harbor town with cutesy shops and restaurants like other seaside places. We wandered the shops and then ate at a waterside rustic establishment. I had my second lobster roll and my last. Still can not figure out why people are impressed. Yes, you get a decent amount of lobster and different places serve it with different dressings, usually drawn butter or mayo, but really, it is served on a hot dog bun, not even some fancy artisan bread. It is a small pile of lobster and it ain’t cheap. Clam chowder was good though. I have had it at three places so far and all were excellent. My biggest disappointment is everyone only has steamer clams. I ... read more

North America » United States » Maine June 17th 2018

We have been so busy that I forgot to blog, so here go three days at once. Thursday dawned chilly and damp. Seems we had a storm and cold front blow in overnight. But... since we had been proactive and bought trolley and harbor cruise tickets before storm hit, we bravely put on coats, grabbed umbrellas and headed across Casco Bay into downtown Portland. We had given ourselves a lot of time to get there and find a parking space because the website warned us, and we ended up parked right next to the boat at DeMillos floating restaurant, a converted ferry. So we wandered a few blocks and ended up stopping at the Holey Donut where we picked up a couple of wild blueberry donuts. Really rich, took us two days to eat them. The ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Freeport June 13th 2018

Today our goal was to go to Freeport to the outlet malls. Since both of us had gift cards to LLBean and Freeport is LLBean’s home, we were all excited. Trip up was uneventful. Found the right exit and there was the town. Actually Freeport is more than LLBean, there is an entire outlet center, but by far LLBean is the cornerstone. First there is corporate headquarters,the outlet store, the hiking and fishing store, the home store and the giant regular retail store. We managed to spend most of our money at the outlet store, but Carol got some other things at the retail store. I need to tell you that all the LLBean stores are not in one place, but scattered throughout downtown. Before we went to the retail store, we stopped at the Corning ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » South Portland June 12th 2018

We are finally here. This place is adorable, and is a half block from the bakery and an ice cream shop. More on here later. Figure I better catch everyone up on our travels the past two days. Headed out from Carol’s Sunday morning with Boston in our sights. Checked into our hotel and headed to historic downtown Boston. We were really lucky. Had no problem getting downtown and finding parking. We were less than a block from Fanuiel Hall. stopped at a visitor Center to get a map of Freedom Trail and check out the street artists and the Portuguese Festival. after that things went downhill in a hurry. Boston has changed so much that it was hard to find anything I recognized. Only place we found was the old Granary Cemetery when Benjamin Franklin, ... read more

North America » United States » Maryland » Westminster June 1st 2018

Made it here yesterday afternoon, just before granddaughter and daughter got home. Was granddaughter’s Instrumental music banquet dinner last night, so Andy and I went to Sakura’s Japanese’s restaurant for dinner. Never could figure out why they give so much food at those hibachi places. Appetizer choices included 2 shrimp or sautéed mushrooms. Andy and I both picked the mushrooms, me because my dinner was shrimp and scallops, him because he is allergic to shellfish. Before the appetizers though, Dinner included onion soup and a salad. I really like the soup, just a clear broth with bits of green onion and a mushroom. I am not crazy about sesame ginger dressing, it no real matter because things were just beginning. The fry guy started us off with what looked like over a cup of fried rice ... read more

Two days behind, so will try to catch up. Weather was even clearer second day of travel. Spent night in Cornelius NC, about 50 miles north of Charlotte. Charlotte can be rough to drive through, so wanted to be further north Before stopped. Stayed right before Lake Norman which is a large rambling lke. You actually cross parts of it three times. I was very impressed with the town. it seems to be very conscious of it‘s Heritage and old town feeling despite being pretty large. My motel was off a main road, but nestled among old trees that cut the traffic noise way down. I asked at the desk about places to go and the nice lady sent me to Birkdale Commons, which is a modern area with shops and restaurants below and two stories ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Savannah May 30th 2018

Thought it might be time to take this up again, sooooooo here I am overnight in Savannah. Planned this trip in January. Since my favorite grandson is graduating on his birthday, it was inevitable I would be heading north. Decided after all the trips I made that this one would be slightly different. Instead of pushing myself as far as I could each day, I would divide it into three days. Was kind of worried after this weekend’s subtropical storm because the weather channel predicted the storm would follow me all the way. Thank goodness they were very wrong. Day was overcast, but no rain. Went to the Crab Shack on Tybee Island for dinner and treated myself to dungness crab. Really neat restaurant with an alligator lagoon out front. No big gators though, longest was ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona June 27th 2017

Well, my last big weekend on Hawaii is over. I fly out of here tomorrow in the am, hitting SeaTac around 10pm Pacific time. Going to spend Wednesday with Ralph and Milly and then have an early flight to BWI Thursday. The condo was marvelous all weekend. Just for everyone's info, Jeanne finished the full marathon, her friend Susan finished the half marathon, and me... I completed my first ever 5K. Jeanne had been telling me all along I could do it, and after we spent one morning swimming twice in the ocean (I did deep water running with a belt), climbing a steep hill for coffee and tea and then walking a really long way on A'lii street to have lunch and then all the way back to the parking lot near the pier where ... read more

Tot: 0.386s; Tpl: 0.031s; cc: 12; qc: 91; dbt: 0.0412s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.4mb