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North America » United States » Maine » Millinocket June 18th 2013

Baxter State Park at 7:30 meaning I was asked to leave my sleeping bag at 4:30... I had forgotten that 4:30 comes 2 times a day and this one kind of sucked but I was also so ready to get this show on the road. We stopped in Millonecket the largest town on the way to Baxter. I was instructed to purchase 2 extra ramon noodles and some pop tarts. For $125 Phil picked me up in Bangor, put me up for one night, imparted as much wisdom he could (he has through hiked the AT 3 times), and carted my ass to Baxter State Park and had me at the gate at 7:00 AM when they opened. The country looks rugged and familiar. My first trip to Maine and yet this could have easily been ... read more
Abol Down

North America » United States » Maine » Millinocket June 17th 2013

Made 54 Hours on the Bus to Bangor. I can't say that air travel is better only faster and God willing I have more time than money. Phil from 100 Mile Wilderness Outfitters picked me up and brought me to his cabin in Springer. No running water, and a fancy out house with cushioned toilet seat that makes a very distinct bodily function noise appropriate for the visit. The cabin has 2 big porches on the east and west sides with rustic looking chairs comfortable for watching the sun beginning or ending it's daily journey. The well is finished except for the pump, so no showers. The upstairs loft is missing railing but has 2 spaces that I imagine sleeping or storage. The master bed room has a french style door facing the west and open ... read more

NO GO: BOSTON AND NEW YORK CITY. TIME TO REGROUP. CHANGE OF PLANS. Today was good and bad. Starting with the good: First, en route to Portland, Maine from Camden, riding through Damariscotta, Maine where author Stephen King wrote many of his thrillers (perhaps I should have stopped and blogged here, though they would be considerably darker). Second: stopping in Wiscasset, Maine at a little shack after the second long bridge right by the river called Red's Eats for the top-billed "Best Lobster Rolls" in Maine, waiting in a lineup of 20 people for half an hour before getting to the window, ordering 2 lobster rolls for lunch, and being asked for $37.49. These better be damn good, I mean, we could have had 42 cans of Ensure for the same price. Truly, they were good, ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Camden June 3rd 2013

It is Sunday morning and we have just ridden our bikes back into the centre of Bar Harbor from the not-downtown hotel. We wanted to take advantage of the sites without the crowds. The town is empty even though the Veendam cruise ship is anchored in the bay and tendering passengers back and forth. We walked around the town for an hour, took some photos, and made plans to spend the day driving around neighbouring Acadia Park on Desert Island. The rich and famous live here in massive, manicured to the hilt estates. Opulence, wealth, affluence, you get it. The Jone's outdoing the Jone's. There's no shortage of pleasurecraft anchored with both bow and stern lines, it reminded us of Avalon Bay at Catalina Island. We rode past spectacular beautiful scenic bays one after the other ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor June 2nd 2013

Waaaaaaa. It's tooooooo hhhhhhhhhhhhoooooottttttttttttttt ...... (I did NOT, I repeat, did NOT say that out loud). BUT 34 degrees C at 10:00 o'clock this morning with increasing humidity as the day went on. Maine! Land of lobsterpounds, la-la, and no helmet laws. The border crossing at Saint Stephen, NB into Maine was on a bridge over the Saint Croix River. My US border agent clearly didn't attend the same charm school as my interrogator at the Soo, and we entered the US very seriously indeed. In front of us in the 3 car lineup was a large Harley, with two riders dressed in muscle shirts and small helmets ready to be ripped off once across the line. Welcome to the norm in this state. Only the gringos wear jackets, boots and gloves, and they're also the ... read more
Cooling off
Still cooling off
Addressing the thirst

North America » United States » Maine » Monhegan Island April 15th 2013

Since Monhegan is the only place I've been lately, I can add a few pics here.... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor April 10th 2013

So, once upon a time, we started this roadtrip, which I call “url= in a Disposable Car“. As mentioned, the plan was to drive one way, from Calgary to Halifax, Nova Scotia, through the United States, and then fly home. BUT the car only made it to Omaha, Nebraska. We rented a car at the Omaha airport, but since we had no intention of returning it to the pick-up location, we weren’t allowed to drop-off the car in Canada. So, we immediately came up with a Plan B (or C or D), which was: we’ll drive the car to Bangor, Maine, and then catch the Greyhound Bus, from Bangor to Bar Harbor, and then, from Bar Harbor, we’d take the ferry to Yarmouth, Nova Scot... read more
Harbor view from Restaurant
Charterdeck Restaurant
CAT ferry

North America » United States » Maine » Camden October 26th 2012

Camden is a lovely little town with a stream running through it -- behind buildings, under buildings -- ending in a pond which then cascades down rocks into the bay. We came across Camden two years ago just as the town was launching its annual Camden Windjammer Festivalin the Camden Harbor, a celebration of Maine's windjammer fleet. We were enchanted by the place. So we revisited Camden this fall and found it just as delightful. By the way, we returned home this past Sunday night. As the bills are now paid and the laundry done and all that stuff that piles up when one travels for six weeks completed, I'm now back to sending photo blogs of what we saw on our trip. They're not in any sequence; for instance, we were in Camden before we ... read more
the holding pond
the stream running into the bay
the bay

North America » United States » Maine » Portland October 19th 2012

Good morning Portland. So the day was overcast but we still had a full schedule and most of it was driving, so it wasn't too much of a problem. It is a neat little town. We did not get to see much of it on the drive in the previous night. There are some cruise ships docked across the street from the hotel. Those are some big boats. Don't forget to get more of the visit to Portland at this blog. (Link to follow). Maine Beer Company, Portland, Maine Unfortunately, we were unable to get an official tour here. We arrived at 10 A.M. but the tour was at 2 P.M. But a tour wasn’t really needed here. The gift shop had a window that looked right out on to the production floor, so we ... read more
Bull Jagger
Rising Tide

North America » United States » Maine » Biddeford October 18th 2012

Whew, 22 hours transit time is a long poke, especially when it starts at 5:30 a.m., so you aren't able to sleep for the long leg across the Pacific! Looking back, it is all a blur of airplane meals (six of them?) and movies. The best I saw was The Joy Luck Club, culturally appropriate for a trip from China. But here we are back in Maine, having been picked up at the airport by Erika. We find that in our absence Dayton was in the news for having a domestic shooting incident and a 4.0 earthquake. Good thing we were away in the relative safety of China. Now we are reveling in having (1) western bathrooms, (2) drinkable tap water, (3) sheets on the bed as opposed to hot comforters, and (4) peanut butter. We're ... read more

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