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North America » United States » Maine » Rangeley October 11th 2018

We arrived in Portland on a Wednesday, and the weather was very nice with highs in the 80’s for our drive to Rangeley, ME, and the Saddleback Inn. Unfortunately, on Thursday, the cold temperatures started, and the rains came in earnest, preventing us from doing any serious hiking. From then on, it seems like it rained every other day, and the temp did not get above 60 degrees for the rest of the trip. On Thursday it rained all day so didn't get to do the planned hike to Saddleback Mt. We did drive to a state park along the lake as well as to the trail head for the hike to Saddleback Mt, but it would have been a very wet slog to the top without much chance of any views with the foggy weather. ... read more
Loon Lodge
Rangeley Lake
Rangeley's claim to fame

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor September 29th 2018

Portland Maine has an attractive busy downtown , setup for Cruise Ship patrons. We unloaded around 2000 passengers and the Royal Caribbean another 2000. So now let’s try to walk on the smallish streets and visit the myriad shops and eateries. Not possible! Did find a donut shop that claimed to be one of the top 10 in the USA. Did not buy a donut , should have. A couple hours wandering around and Kathy and I had pretty much seen enough. Nice cobblestone streets and promoted as an artisans haven , with many red brick warehouses converted to studios. Did not purchase anything , not even a coffee at a Starbucks, just pilfered their WIFI. Enjoying the ship. Caught a show , an impressionist comedian. A couple of good laughs. Got to know the servers ... read more
coastline Bar Harbour
Acadia National Park
That’s us

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor September 27th 2018

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North America » United States » Maine July 24th 2018

“Guten Morgen!” was our morning greeting from NJ on this, the morning before the final day...! This morning, I went rogue. With little food options and time to spare, I threw my cleats on and walked over to the Dunkin Donuts across the street to grab myself a bacon, egg, & cheese croissant and iced lattes. Don’t worry though, I changed out of my “Can’t get out of bed, send coffee” moomoo beforehand. I sat with the team in typical circle form on the floor and soaked in the moment for a second since this is our last normal Bike & Build day. NJ was on a mission to find brown sugar for her oatmeal and once she found it and added it in, she exclaimed “FROM PASTE TO GLORY!!” Lol Chore time then proceeded so ... read more
Meditation & Flat Fixin'
A True Friend Will Pop Your Pimples For You
B&B Drive!!

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor July 21st 2018

On the road again, so to speak On this beautiful day I am comfortably riding Amtrak to Boston to join the Rotterdam for The voyage of the Vikings. Love the entire idea of no airports, no planes, no stress, no mess. Joe dropped me off in New Haven where they have Redcap service. So pleasant. The conductor will call ahead to have a Red Cap meet me on the train in Boston. While waiting for the train, I chatted with a woman traveling with her fifteen year old Chihuahua. They were going to Providence after traveling from Beirut by way of Jordan. They had spent the past six years working with refuges from the war, helping them cope with the disaster their lives have become. As we pass the Ct Shoreline I saw an Osprey Nest ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor July 19th 2018

Sun was filtering in our cabin window letting us know that we needed to get ready for our first tour day. We were still approaching Bar Harbor while I began working on yesterday’s blog. Sharon was getting ready for mass. After she left for mass I got a phone call in the cabin, and somewhat bemused, I wondered “Who could be calling me?” Of course, I knew it must be Sharon. She asks, “Where’s mass?” I tell her and promise to meet her at The Hudson Room to go up to the Lido for breakfast. Up in the Lido we’re forced to settle for an outside table. I got an omelet which I seem to have developed a taste for after a few days in Boston. It was entertaining watching the chef flip the omelets over ... read more
Wig Wam recreated in park
View of Sand Beach from Trolley
Thunder Hole

North America » United States » Maine » Bangor July 12th 2018

Departed Bangor, ME for our final destination. The trip has been great so far. No major issues and perfect weather and traffic. The weather was actually much cooler this morning (around 57). Very nice!! As usual, got an early start and headed out. When we crossed into Canada, during the first 200+ miles, I think we saw 10 cars! Not many people headed in the same direction (there was more traffic on the road west). We arrived at our friends' house without any issues. The GPS worked perfectly! Trip info: Two countries today :-) 480 miles Total trip 2,132 miles and about 32 hours... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Freeport July 1st 2018

Let's start out with a few from some of you, my loyal readers, and faithful friends: Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate. Hubert Humphrey An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin In the case of dissension, never dare to judge until you've heard the other side. Euripides You can tell if a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz. Nobel Prize Laureate 1988 You must speak straight so your words may go as sunlight to our hearts. Cochise Apache Chief ... read more
When the clock strikes twelve
A silly yelper
Love the Griswolds

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 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

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