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Sat. Aug. 13 to Fri. Aug. 19- Ellsworth ME to Moody Beach ME

Saturday- We left around 9:30 and went in search of the Ellsworth Farmers Market. I had seen a sign on Hwy. 1A when we were coming into town last week that said turn left in 1/10 mile for the Farmers Market. So we went looking for the location. After several tries, we found a Farmers Market banner, and there was no one there.

While going out to the highway, we had passed a sign for a Blueberry Festival, so we went back to that.  The Rotary was having a blueberry pancake breakfast and they seemed to be doing a wonderful business, as there was a large tent and lots of parked cars.

We were not interested in attending that event, as Bob is not fond of blueberries and I am trying to stay in ‘fat burn’ on my weight loss plan. But while driving downtown, we spotted the Farmers Market, in a different location. We found parking and went back to purchase summer squash and heirloom tomatoes.

We also saw that the library was having a book sale. We walked over to the very old, but renovated Ellsworth Library, c. 1827. It was the last day of the sale, which had evidently started on Thursday. We had not driven that way all week, so we did not know about the sale.

We purchased nine books and returned to the MH. A little after we arrived home, it started to rain. We had several rain showers during the day and the temp dropped to the 60’s. It has been like this for several days. The locals are happy, because it has been awhile since the area has had rain. One good thing is that it had lessened the dirt flying from the dirt road into the RV park.

I worked on various tasks. I finished my third article revision and sent that off to my editor. Then I finished the Roadrunner Newsletter, as someone had sent me another article. I put that into it and re-sent it off to Jim, the president of the club, for him to review and he is going to have to post it for me.

Then I worked on the blog. When I finished it, I went to publish it and I kept getting an error message. Bob and I spent time trying to figure out what was wrong. Since Microsoft had stopped allowing the download of Microsoft Live Writer, several days ago I had found that people had gotten together and developed, with Microsoft permission, a free version of the software, called Open Live Writer. I had downloaded that, and was using it. I was afraid something was wrong with the download.

Of course, in the middle of all of this, the computer kept having the Kapersky error message and rebooting. Our frustration level was high!!!

Finally, we decided that maybe there was a problem in WordPress, where the blog is published and kept. So off we went to WordPress. Sure enough, I had used up the 3gig that they give you for free and it would not accept the blog pictures. After 6 years using it, I had to purchase another 10 gigs. I guess that is not a bad deal. Since it was an upgrade, it was $69. We bit the bullet and paid for the upgrade.

We ate lunch and dinner at home, and watched TV, read, and generally had a quiet day.

Sunday- Moving day. We are ready to leave. Patton Pond has minimal activities, with just an ice cream social and a campfire with s’mores, neither of which we were interested in attending. That was it for the week. No pool, just the lake, and nothing else to do.

We had run out of sights to see in the area, so we are ready to move on. We left at about 9:30 turning south on Rt. 1 and went thru Bucksport. We continued south and turned onto Rt. 3. That took us out to I-95. The farther south we drove the more traffic we encountered. We stopped at a rest area. We had to pay a toll to get back off the interstate and then another toll to get back on. REALLY!! What a rip off! We continued south thru more tolls until we left the interstate at the exit for Wells. We drove a few miles and into the Thousand Trails, Moody Beach. We went to the store to check-in and were offered our choice of 3 sites. That was all that they have. The reason that we were traveling on Sunday  was so that we could have a choice of sites when the weekenders leave. Hmmm, not many weekenders here!

We chose a site, not the best, but we had hoped to get satellite. Nope, too many trees. When I turned it on to get it going to check, it did not work. Bob started working on that issue, once we were set up. Finally he called Direct TV, in India of course. Poor English and she could not understand the problem. GRRRR! Finally, Bob had checked all the wires and the socket in the wall. He finally remembered that there was an electrical power strip behind the printer. Sure enough, the extra printer cartridges must have fallen on the on/off switch and that was our issue. We still could not get satellite due to the trees, so I went to the office to sign up for cable TV. $18 for 7 days. We leave next Sunday.

The temp was in the mid-90’s with high humidity, so we stayed in trying to get the MH to cool off. It did finally. The weather is supposed to improve tomorrow, hopefully they have that right!

We settled in, watched some recorded shows, read and looked at what we are going to do tomorrow. Just before bed, Bob checked his cell phone. He received a notice from Dell about an item he ordered. HUH? He had not ordered anything so he called the number. They were closed. So he called the credit card company. They did not see anything on either credit card, so we are going to have to watch this.

Monday- Bob was on the phone early with Dell. He cancelled the order, explaining to them that he had not placed the order. It was being send to an address in Louisiana. He found out from them that it had gone through Paypal. He checked his Paypal account and they had no record of it. So there are alerts on Paypal and our credit card company. We think whoever fraudulently ordered this item, did several re-routing to hide their identity. He did the best he could to keep it from happening.

We were off early to drop off the computers at the closest Best Buy which was north of Portsmouth NH. We arrived at 9:30 and they did not open until 10, so we went to Kohl’s and bought Bob 1 shirt and 2 pairs of shorts. The summer clothes in Maine are getting to be slim pick’ins!

We went over to Best Buy as they opened and the Geek heard our sad tale of two computers having the identical issue. He went into the back and came back to tell us that it was the Kapersky ( which we already knew) that sometimes does not work with some computers.

Since we had purchased the program through them, they credited us for the Kapersky yearly subscription and sold us a Rootsweb CD. We were able to take the computers home with us.

From Portsmouth, we continued south into Massachusetts. We stopped at the visitor center and picked up lots of brochures. Most were for “North of Boston”, but we also found some for the Boston area.

We continued a few more miles south on I-95 and turned east on the Essex Costal Scenic By-way. The by-way is part of the congressionally designated Essex National Heritage Area. DSCN6332

We followed the scenic route to the town of  Ipswich.  We stopped to look at the Ipswich Historical Mural, located on the EBSCO building. Unfortunately, it is located in their parking lot and with the tree it was hard to see.

Mural on the EBSCO building in Ipswich MA

I did not even notice, until I saw the picture, that it wrapped around the corner. It tells the story of 375 years of the history of the town.  The town has 59 first period houses, built from 1620 to 1720, which we drove past. People are living in them and there was a lot of traffic, so we were not able to take a lot of pictures. 

We continued on our journey, stopping in Essex for lunch at Woodman’s of Essex Restaurant. Founded in 1914, it has been declared by Forbes as the “Best Seafood in America” . Zagat Restaurant Guide states “ An American Cult Classic-right up there with baseball and apple pie”. I had found it in “10,000 Places to See Before You Die”.  The restaurant has won a lot of other awards.

From their brochure, “After opening their stand on the Essex Causeway in 1914, business remained slow for Chubby and Bessie Woodman. Then came the fateful day when while frying up a batch of their best-selling potato chips, a local patron made a humorous suggestion: ‘Hey, why don’t you try frying a clam?’ The rest, as they say, is history. Within hours the young couple had invited a few friends over to try out their tasty new creation. When the verdict was unanimously, ‘delicious’, Chubby and Bessie knew they were on to something big– big enough for them to record a new entry on the back of their marriage certificate that proclaimed: We fried the first fried clam-in the Town of Essex July 3, 1916”.  The 4th of July parade marched by the Woodman’s stand the very next day and they proudly presented their Essex fried clams to the public”. So they are credited with starting this new Yankee tradition!

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Bob had the fried clams and I had the fried scallops. The clam boat came with onion rings and French-fries. The scallops came with just French-fries. Bob took home about half the clams and all of both of our fries! Good thing we carry a cooler with us! We have to say, that the food was delicious! 

We continued on our day trip! We pasted through cute little towns, with lots of shops, especially many antique shops. We also passed pretty New England homes and churches. The road was two lanes and narrow, with parked cars in many areas, so my ability to capture pictures was limited.

We stopped in the town of Gloucester. Yup, as in the fisherman!

Gloucester MA

When we arrived in town, the drawbridge was up, so traffic was at a standstill. The harbor frontage was under construction, so we missed a picture of the Fishermen’s Wife Statue, which was fenced off. We were able to park and walk a bit on the harbor walkway. Below is the Fishermen’s Memorial and Cenotaph, ‘Man at the Wheel Statue”. 1925.Fishermen's Memoriat and Cenotaph 

Below is the harbor looking at a big hotel.

Gloucester waterfront

Ten Pound Island LIght

Above is the Ten Pound Lighthouse. We continued into town in search of this statue of Joan of Arc.

Joan of Arc statue, Gloucester MA

Bob hopped out of the car to take the picture, as there was no parking. There was a man walking his dog. Bob asked him , why ‘Joan of Arc’, and he said, yeah, none of us can figure out why we have a statue of ‘Joan of Arc’. Well, being curious, I found this!

“Anna Hyatt Huntington, who created the World War I Memorial in Legion Square featuring the impressive sculpture of Joan of Arc on horseback? The horse was modeled after a magnificent Percheron that was part of the team at the East Gloucester fire station. Huntington’s niece posed astride a barrel, as she modeled the figure of Joan, first nude, then in costume. Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973) became one of the best-known and most prolific sculptors of the 20th century. The studio is the first house on the left after you cross the causeway on Washington Street heading toward Annisquam Village.”I guess that sort of answered the question!

We went in search of  “Cape Pond Ice” which was listed as a historical building and museum, about ice houses. We never found it. We think the building is there, but there was no sign. At the location there was a shop. But it gave us a chance to park ( free as there was time left on the meter), and visit downtown.

Downtown Gloucester MA

Fisherman's Mural Gloucester MA

We continued out to the Eastern Point Lighthouse. Eastern Point Lighthouse

It was a Coast Guard station and closed to the public. What a trip out there! We kept seeing signs for private roads. We went anyway, and it was actually public, but evidently the rich folks, who live in the mansions on this side road, have put up the signs. We passed some beautiful homes! Again, a very narrow road with no parking. Below is the Yacht Club.

Yaught Club

Many of the houses were almost this size!

Schooner Gloucester Bay

We continued on to Rockport, where we saw these memorials to the Civil War veterans who fought for the north.

Civil War Memorial

The road circled the Cape Ann peninsula, and returned through Gloucester. We returned the way we came, and back out to I-95, where we traveled north, back to the Wells exit.

We returned to the MH, walked and fed the dogs, and went south a few miles to Ogunquit. We turned left in town and went out to Perkins Cove. We had seen on Yelp, reviews for the Lobster Shack. We circled 2x and by pure luck found a parking place.

We had dinner, both ordering a lobster roll. We ate, then left to wander through the stores. We backtracked through the town of Ogunquit, and back to the MH. We watched TV, read, and went to bed.

Tuesday– We washed sheets and towels, plus some clothes. I worked on the newsletter and the blog. We ate lunch at home, then we drove south, through Ogunquit, to Cape Neddick to visit the Nubble Lighthouse.

The Nubble Lighthouse is a 41 ft. cast iron tower which was authorized by President Rutherford D. Hayes and was illuminated in July of 1879. It was initially a brown lighthouse, but has been painted white since 1902. An 1891 fourth-order Fresnel light is still in use. It was automated in 1987. There was a locally famous cat who lived at the lighthouse, who was an excellent mouser! The 19 lb. cat, used to swim ( a swimming cat???) across  the channel to visit with mainland friends, then returning to the light house.

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Cape Neddick Lighthouse

It is located on an island, just off the mainland. We could also see the Boon Island Light, located 6.5 miles south on a small, rocky island.  The first wooden tower was built in 1800, but was destroyed in a winter storm in 1804. It was replaced with a stone structure, but in 1812, President James Madison authorized a new lighthouse. The current structure, which is 133 ft. high, was built in 1852. A legend about the island is that in 1710, a British ship wrecked on the island and the survivors struggled to stay alive for 3 weeks, finally resorting to cannibalism. The locals after that left barrels of provision in case of future shipwrecks on the island. In 1978 the blizzard destroyed everything on the inland except the tower. The light keepers took shelter in the lighthouse. After that an automated light was put in and in 1993, the Fresnel lens was removed and replaced by a modern solar-powered optic.

Boon Island LIght,

On the way back through Ogunquit, we were stuck in a long traffic line. This gave us a chance to take a picture of the local library building.

Library in Ogunquit

Very pretty isn’t it! We returned home, walked the dogs, ate dinner, watched TV, read and went to bed.

Wednesday-  We;eft to travel to Freeport to visit the LL Bean complex. They do not offer tours, we had called and asked. We drove north on I-95, paying the tolls, just because it was faster. We arrived and easily found a parking place. We walked over to the main building where we found the ‘boot’.

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We wandered around looking at stuff, and the stuffed!

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We left and crossed the main street to go to the outlets. We went to the LL Bean outlet, then to Haggar, where we bought Bob shorts and jeans.

We left and went back across the street and stopped at Linda Bean’s Lobster stand. Bob had a lobster wrap and I had a lobster salad. Both were good, but not enough lobster. The price was right  though, about $10 each.

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We returned to the car and started back south on Rt. 1. We had seen a sign saying Big Indian, so we were ready to see a Big Indian and we did. There is nothing on the internet as to why it is here. It is just known as BFI, Big Freeport Indian, or the R-rated version, B****I.

Big Indian Statue, South Freeport ME

We continued on and stopped at a bank to pick up quarters to refill our laundry quarters jar and a drug store for some eye drops.

Then we hopped back onto I-225 and continued the 30 miles south to Portland. Our next stop was at the Portland Head Lighthouse, which is located in Fort Williams. It is a nice, large park in town on the bay.

We easily found a parking place ( all free at this park) and walked over to the lighthouse. This is the most photographed and visited lighthouse in the USA, and you can see why.

The Lighthouse is actually in the town of Cape Elizabeth. Maine  was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 18th century and Portland was known as Falmouth until 1786. In 1784, the merchants in the town petitioned the Massachusetts government for a light to mark the entrance to Portland Harbor. John Hancock was the governor of the Bay Colony and authorized construction. There was a delay due to insufficient funds, so the construction did not occur until 1790. President George Washington appointed the first light keeper. A fourth-order Fresnel lens replaced the lamps and reflectors in 1855 and a bell tower was added. The tower is 72 ft.

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We has our Lighthouse Passport Stamped for this lighthouse and for several others in the area. Out in the water was the Portland Breakwater (Bug) Light.  This is located on a 2500 ft. breakwater on the south side of Portland Harbor. It was built in 1855 with a sixth-order Fresnel lens. The breakwater was extended 200 ft. and this light was installed. It is know locally as Bug Light due t the Greek architectural elements. The design of the cast-iron tower is unique, petite with Corinthian columns created to resemble a 4th century BC Green monument. It was electrified in 1923 and as the harbor grew it became obsolete. It was renovated in 1989.

Ram Island LIght, Portland ME

Behind the Portland Head Light, in the bay, we could see the Ram Island Ledge Light at the entrance to the harbor. At high tide the ledges are completely covered and were the cause of many shipwrecks until this light was built there in 1905. Gray, granite blocks were used to construct the tower. The light was converted to electric in 1958 and automated in 1959.

Hallway Rock LIghthouse

Next we looked at the Cape Elizabeth Light off to the south east. It was automated in 1963 and the 1,800 lb. Fresnel lens removed in 1994. It is visible for 27 nautical miles and is the most powerful on the New England Coast with four million candle power. This lighthouse was the subject of two Edward Hopper paintings, one of which was reproduced on a 1970 postage stamp to commemorate Maine’s 150th anniversary.

Cape Elizabeth Lighhouse

We could also see another light, off to the right of the Cape Elizabeth Light. It is the Spring Point Ledge Light. This lighthouse marks the dangerous ledge on the west side of the main shipping channel into Portland Harbor. A group of steamship companies convinced the government to locate a lighthouse on the ledge in 1891, but typical of Congress, they did not allocate the money until 1896. The lighthouse became active in May of 1897. It is built on a cylindrical cast-iron caisson, the lighthouse is a typical ‘spark plug’ style of the period, but unlike many of the other structures, it was built of brick rather than cast iron. A fifth-order Fresnel lens was installed and a fog bell hung on the site of the tower. The light was electrified and automated in 1934.

Spring Point Ledge LIght house

We decided that we needed to head home, but first we had to stop at Kohl’s. I had tried on more shorts and they all fell off, so I needed to stop and purchase some. I was able to find two pairs.

We stopped at the EZ Pass office to see if we could get an EZ Pass. We had one when we lived in Maryland, but to get one for the MH was a big deal, and we could not tow the car with it, so we decided not to purchase one. We stopped at the Wells Farmers Market on the way home, but did not purchase anything.

We returned home, walked and fed the dogs, and then went to dinner at The Steakhouse, a highly rated restaurant in Wells. We had a 45 minute wait, and Bob had a beer and I had the worst glass of Moscoto wine, from Italy, I have tasted! Dinner was excelled though. We returned home and collapsed after a busy day!

Thursday- We had passed a restaurant called Congdon’s Doughnuts. The line for doughnuts was out the door! We arrived for breakfast and, after and 10 minute wait, were given seats at the bar.  We had a wonderful breakfast. I had blueberry pancakes and Bob had ham, eggs and toast. We of course bought a doughnut for later, which was very good!

We left and traveled north on RT. 1 to the turn off for Kennebunkport. We decided that since the tide was coming in, that we would go straight to’ Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock’ we thought that maybe we could get a picture of the water spray. We tried, but the water was calm.

Kennebunkport, Blowing Cave & Spouting Rock

About a 1/4 mile up the road was Walkers Point. We immediately knew that it was President HW Bush’s House, due to the anchor memorial, the flags, the two gate houses, and the guy standing, pretending to be a road worker, but who was obviously Secret Service. With all the security, we think George W might have been there also, as it seemed overkill for a 90 + year old retired president!

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Walker Point, Kennebunkport

Walker Point, Kennebunkport

Walkers Point, Kennebunkport, ME

Across the street from Walkers Point, was a pond with these cranes.

Pond in back of Walker Point, ME

We turned around and went back into town.

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport

We easily found parking and went wandering around. We stopped at the Visitor Center, and found where the lighthouses were located. We drove back past Walker Point and continued north to the Goat Island Lighthouse.

The lighthouse was established in 1833 to guide mariners into the sheltered harbor at Cape Porpoise.  The current structure is 25 ft. . built between 1880 and 1890. The Coast Guard planned to automate the light in 1976, but the towns petitioned to maintain a keeper to prevent vandalism. It is known as the last manned light station in Maine, and was automated in 1990. The 5th order Fresnel lens was replaced at that time and was used as a security post when former President HW Bush was in residence at Walkers Point.

Goat Island Lighthouse

This is a submarine watch tower built during WWII to watch for  subs.

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We continued north to Old Orchard Beach. I wanted to visit there as my mother used to visit there on vacation when she was a child.

Old Orchard Beach pier 1898

Carosel, Old Orchard Beach, ME

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We hated Old Orchard Beach. People are crazy. We were able to find a spot in a 10 minute site and took the above pictures. People were paying no attention to moving cars and walking in front and back of the moving car. It was scary, and we left ASAP to get away from them!

We traveled a bit south and stopped for lunch at  Jumping Jacks Lobster Shak. I had a lobster roll and Bob had the fried shrimp plate. He had ordered the clam cakes, but they were out of them. Both were good. My lobster roll was a typical Maine lobster roll with the grilled bun.

We left and continued back to the town of Kennebunk. Earlier we had been in Kennebunkport.

In town they had all these Adirondack chairs on the street. They are painted by local artists, using the Masters as the theme.

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They also had these boat shaped planters.

Flowers in boats, Kennebunk, ME

We went to our final stop for the day, the Wedding Cake House.

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The Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk, ME

The Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk, ME

We returned home, using Rt 1. We had a quiet evening eating dinner at home, , watching TV, reading and going to bed early.

Friday-  After we had returned from Freeport the other day, Bob had thrown his new jeans into the wash. When he took them out, one pair had these ugly lines across the front. So we decided to return them. We left about 10:30 and drove back up to Freeport. We went to the Haggar’s Outlet and the girl looked at us like we were crazy. Of course they had these stripes. They come that way! Okay, so with store credit, we exchanged them for a different pair that did not have the stripes.

We had parked this time in the garage, under the Outlets, so we saw that there was a Crepe restaurant. So we went to it and had crepes for lunch. Bob had the ham and cheese and I had the pepper-jack turkey.  They were very good and the price was reasonable.

We left Freeport and traveled south to Portland where we stopped at Petco to return Karlie’s Glucosamine, as she will not eat it. Then we stopped at the Sally’s Beauty Supply, to buy clippers for me to clip Bob’s hair.

We hopped back on to I-95 and drove to Saco, to stop at the Way Way Store, it is a 1920’s to 1950’s era gas station and general store. It was built in 1927-1929. They have penny candy and ice cream. We just looked.

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We went back to I-95 and returned to Wells. We stopped at the Scoop Deck for some ice cream. We each had  BOSTON BLACKOUT Chocolate ice cream w/ swirls of brownie batter & chunks of brownies. Oh, was it good! They claim to have the best ice cream  in Maine, and we have to agree! This was the best ice cream we have had since Moomer’s in Michigan in 2014.

We returned to the MH, and I clipped Bob’s hair. The new clippers work really well! We sat outside enjoying the weather, ate dinner at home, and sat out until it was too dark to read any more. The dogs really enjoyed having us home!

Sat. Aug. 4 to Fri. Aug. 12, 2016 Ellsworth Maine

Saturday- We left early to drive to Acadia National Park, about 24 miles from Ellsworth, plus the 8 miles from the RV Park into town. We drove east on Hwy. 3 to the park. We went immediately to the Hulls Cove Visitor Venter. We parked, walked up the 52 steps, and went to the desk. We could use our senior pass, so there was no cost.

Acadia NP Maine

We watched the 15 minute movie about the park. There are free buses you can take around the park, but they run every 30 minutes, and there would be a lot of changing buses, so we decided to drive ourselves. In the gift shop they had a book, $3.95, ANP Motorist Guide Park Loop Road, which we purchased.

The construction for the Park Loop Road started in 1922 and continued into the 1950’s. It was financed, in part, by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who was responsible for the creation of Acadia’s carriage road system. The landscape architect designed the road for motorists, while maintaining the fragile natural resources.

Our first stop was at the Frenchman’s Bay Overlook. Below is Bar Harbor.

Bangor from the Acadia Loop, Acadia NP Maine

Below are some of the islands.

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Indigenous people paddled their canoes through the bay fishing. The first recorded European was Samuel Champlain, in 1604. He sure got around!

We stopped at the Duck Brook bridge, but we could not get a good picture, as we were on the bridge and there were bushes on the sides. It is the largest continuous concrete arch bridge east of the Mississippi, built from 1951 to 1953.

We continued on to the Cadillac Mountain Summit. At 1520 ft, it is the highest point of land on the Atlantic Coast. The name came from a Frenchman who arrived in 1688. He named the mountain after his village in France, Sieur de Cadillac.

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

Steps on Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

Above are the stone steps, going up to the summit.

Our next stop was at the Sieur de Monts Spring, at the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

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We continued on our way. Here is one of the stone bridges that we passed under.

Brridge on Loop Road, Acadia NP Maine

A beaver dam…

Beaver Dam, Acadia NP Maine

A lighthouse in Frenchman’s  Bay…

Acadia NP Maine

Acadia NP Maine

Above is The Precipice. They warn you about climbing them. Needless to say, we had no intention of climbing! Below is Sand Beach. The sand is made of crushed shells and marine animals. The temperature of the water is 50-60 degrees. We could not get down to the beach, due to the crowds. The road is one way at this point and there was no parking. In the winter, the sand is pulled out into the ocean and in the spring, the sand is returned by the waves. Sand Beach, Acadia NP, Maine

We missed Thunder Hole, and will return for that visit. We continued on and went to Bar Harbor for lunch. We easily found a parking place. We ate lunch at  the Westside Cafe. We each had a lobster salad.

West Street Cafe Bar Harbor ME

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Bar Harbor Maine

Downtown Bar Harbor Maine

The things you see…. a soda fountain!

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And the LL Bean boot!

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LL Bean Boot Batr Harbor Bank Clock, stained glass

Above is a stain glass clock from the 1800”s. Below, we stopped for ice cream. This is Maine Lobster Tracks. No, there is no lobster in it. It is from Gifford’s Ice Cream a well known Maine ice cream maker. For my DC friends, this is in no way related to the Gifford’s in the Washington DC area.

Giffords Lobster Tracks Ice Cream

We left Bar Harbor and returned to the Loop Road. We crossed the Otter Cove Causeway Bridge, built in 1928. The bridge curves on a natural sand bar. This bridge is made of solid rock fill. The engineers believed that the salt would corrode the concrete if they built this bridge like others in the park. There were kids in the water just off the causeway. Brrrr!DSCN6131

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We continued on to Jordan’s Pond. The original House/Restaurant on this site burned in 1979. The restaurant is famous for their popovers. So we stopped to have one. We had one order, which was two popovers, and we each ate one. Yummy, with blueberry jam! The popovers have been popular since the mid 1800’s, when people walked to the restaurant to eat one!

From here you can get to the carriage roads. I missed a picture of a carriage, but will try to get one later.

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Hanging out

This bird above was just hanging out. It didn’t even move when we drew near!

We left and returned home to the dogs. We were tired, so we went out to dinner in Ellsworth, at the Union River Lobster Pot Restaurant. Bob had fried clams and I had the broiled scallops. Both were very good. We arrived a little before 6 and were given the last table for two. We looked outside and people started lining up and sitting on chairs by the river, waiting for a table!

Sunday- We left at about 9 to drive about 100 miles north to Campobello, FDR and Eleanor’s summer house. Campobello  island is in Canada, so we had to take our passports with us.

We drove to Ellsworth, then north on Rt. 1, allegedly a Maine Scenic Highway. We were not impressed with the highway. As Bob said, it was scenic if all you want to see is pine trees! Miles and miles of them!

We saw Blueberry Land, which was closed. What a tourist trap that must be!

Blueberry Land.

We did take a side road, out to the water, but it was not worth the trip. There was a few feet of water to look at.

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We did see a lighthouse, across the bay.

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We arrived in Lubec, ME, right on the Canadian border. We stopped at Beth’s Lobster House, which was based in a truck, and had lobster rolls. They were okay, but no where near as good as the ones in Oakland! We sat out at her picnic table looking at the water while eating.

We continued through town and crossed the bridge to Campobello. It took us almost 45 minutes, sitting on the bridge, to get through the border. Each car was taking, on average, 2 minutes. We sailed right through once it was our turn. .

We went immediately to Roosevelt Campobello International Park. The park was free. We went to the Visitor Center and wandered through the exhibits until the start of the 15 minute movie.

Then we went out back to the house.

Campobello

Campobello

Campobello

Campobello

FDR and Eleanors room

Above is FDR and Eleanor’s bedroom. Below is their, non-private bathroom.

Roosevelt bathroom, Campobello 

School room

Above is the school room. There was a tutor all summer and the kids had lessons each morning.

Kitchen, Campobello

Kitchen above and laundry below.

Laundry, Campobello

The house did not have electric until 1952, as Eleanor did not want the electric. FDR came down with the polio while at Campobello. He was taken out by stretcher and never returned.  Below is the view and the backside of the house.

The view, Campobello Back of the house, facing water, Campobello

We moved on to where the original house was located. When FDR was 1 year old, his parents visited Campobello Island for the summer. They liked it so much they purchased 4 acres of land and built a house for the summers. The house was eventually torn down, once the other house was built. This is where the house was originally. I think the view was better here!

Site of the original Roosevelt house

Next we walked over to Hubbard Cottage, which was next door. FDR’s mother purchased it for $5000. We both liked this house better, even though it was smaller.

The porch is beautiful and wraps around the house.

Hubbard Cottage,Campobello

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Hubbard Cottage had a very open feel to it. I really liked this dining room with the oval window. The view was better also!

We left and went to follow the carriage roads.

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As you can see, we drove out to the Bay of Fundy. The tide was going out, and the water was moving very rapidly. Below are harbor seals romping in the water.

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We stopped by the Mullholland Point Lighthouse on Campobello Island. It was from the 1800’s, so it was there when FDR was!

Mullholland Point LIghthouse, Campobello Island

We traveled back over the bridge and re-entered the USA.

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We started back south on Rt. 1 and turned left to visit the Quoddy Head Light House in Quoddy Head State Park. $2 for the two of us. Put in service in 1858.

Quoddy Head LIghthouse

This is the eastern most point of the USA.

Quoddy Head ME

We returned to the main road and drove back to the MH. We ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Monday-  We retuned to Bangor to the Best Buy. The hard drive on my laptop was broken. We had decided that since the computer was over 3 years old, we would just buy another one. So we purchased the computer and had the Geeks set it up. We went to lunch at Dysart’s, again. Then shopped. The computer was finally ready at around 3:30. We picked it up and returned home. I worked on getting it set up and downloading my software. I was not happy that Microsoft has discontinued support, and would not allow me to download Windows Live Writer, which is the software I use to write the blog before posting it on WordPress.

Tuesday- Because we had been gone so many days we decided we would take the dogs with us. We packed up and drove into another area of Arcadia NP, this time, down Hwy. 102 to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. What a bust that was! It was not open to the public, had a very small and very busy parking lot and there was only this to see. We lucked out and got a parking place.

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We walked the dogs down to it, took the picture and left. We drove east on Hwy. 102, and stopped to walk the dogs in picnic area. We turned around and returned, stopping at this natural sea wall.

Natural sea wall on Hwy 102, Acadia NP

We stopped at Southwest Harbor to take this picture.

Southwest Harbor, Acadia NP

We continued on our way to Bar Harbor. We stopped at a deli in a Sunoco station, and bought a sub and salad, which were very good. We took them to a picnic area and ate lunch.

From there we went along the Loop Road, along the ocean until we could find a parking place. We walked the dogs along the path that winds along the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

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Not the idiot kids above, climbing the rocks. We walked down to Thunder Hole, which we had missed the previous time due to not being able to get a parking place.

Thunder hole, Acadia NP

Thunder hole is an open area on Mount Desert Island, part of Acadia. When the ocean waves are large ( not today unfortunately) the water fills this area and gets trapped. When it does, it produces a thundering noise and the water shoots up in the air, due to the trapped air in the crevice. Unfortunately, we did not time this right to get to see it.

We left and returned to the MH, ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Wednesday- We are running out of things to do in the area, so we went in search of Lighthouses. Maine has a lot of lighthouses, but many of them are on islands and we would not be able to reach them. We found one not too far away and thought we would head to that one.

We left the RV park and drove south towards Buckport. We spotted a lighthouse sign and turned left. This was not the one we were looking for…. We drove about 20 miles to the town of Castine. What a find!

The town is very pretty with a golf course, harbor, the Maine Maritime Academy, and the lighthouse. We went straight to the Dyce Head Lighthouse, 1828. It is someone’s home, but you can walk a path around it.

Dyce Head Lighthouse

On the way back to town, we saw this inn. The Manor House Inn was originally built for the Commodore of the South Boston Yacht Club in 1900.

The Manor Inn, 1895

We also found Fort George. Fort George was very interesting!

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Fort George

This is hard to read, but what happened was that the British took over the fort. The American General in charge of sailing up during the Revolutionary War, did not attack when the British were outnumbered. Instead the attack happened later and the Americans lost. It was the worst attack on American soil until Pearl Harbor! The General was under the command of Paul Revere, who ended up being court marshalled for this incident, but was found not guilty. Revere’s reputation never recovered! Hmm, had you ever heard of this? We had not!!! This was the site of a major battle of the Revolutionary War.

Walls built up in fort Fort George, Castie ME

We went down to the harbor through pretty houses and past the Maine Maritime Academy, driving on Main Street. Below is the map of the town.

Town map.

Castine Harbor

Noah's Ark House

Above, to us, was the most interesting house, although not the prettiest. It is called Noah’s Ark, c. 1847. It was the home o f Noah Brooks, 1830 –1903, a Castine-born journalist who was a confidant and biographer of Abraham Lincoln.

We left and returned to Hwy. 1. We drove through the town of Bucksport. As we crossed the bridge, we saw another fort, this one still intact.

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Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

The bricks, Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

It was $3 for the two of us to enter. We started at the visitor center. They built this fort, which was never used in battle, to protect the Penobscot River and bay from the English. The English were just across the river in Nova Scotia, so they were close by, but never attacked this fort.

There are two walls. This is the outer wall, which would take the impact of cannon fire.

This is the one battery facing the bay. 

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We entered and turned to the left, going up some steps.  Here are where the second level of cannons would have been sitting.

Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

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After the War of 1812, Congress decided that the British were not going to attack again, so they decommissioned a lot of forts. When they did this, they sold off the cannons. The offered the fort to the state of Maine, who purchased it for $2000 and then had to go buy back the cannons for another $2000 dollars.

We walked up these steps to the top of the fort.

Steps to A Battery

Here is Bucksport from the top of the fort.

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Bakery, Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

Above was the bakery. There were enlisted me quarters and officers quarters. Plus storage and powder magazines.

We left our unexpected side trip and continued a few miles down the road to the Fort Point Light Station, 1836. We had seen it from across the river.

Fort Point, Stockton Springs, ME

It was also someone’s home, in the state park ($2 for the two of us). In 1759 Gov. Powenall brought 400 men to build Fort Pownall.

Fort Point, Stockton Springs, ME

Fort Point, Stockton Springs, ME

This was an English fort on the Penobscot River. It was built originally to fight with the French over the area. It was shaped like a four point star. Soon after it was built, Quebec fell to the English and it was not used for military purposes.

We returned through Bucksport to the MH about 20 miles away. We ate lunch and took a nap. Bob worked on his computer. Both computers were having issues, with getting an error message and doing a restart. He was on with Geek Squad for hours.

We ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Thursday- We decided to go do some Genealogy. We drove to Bangor and went to the Family History Library there. Other than being freezing, it was a very nice place and the people were wonderful. The temp outside was 93 degrees, hot and humid, but it was so cold inside!

We both did some work on our families. Bob had found an older thumb drive that had some information on it, so he is not starting from scratch.

We ate lunch there and stayed until they closed at 2. We stopped at Petsmart and Petco to pick up dog food. Then returned to the MH. We ate dinner at home, watched TV and went to bed.

Friday- My computer is worse than Bob’s! I worked on the final article and the Roadrunner newsletter. We went to Remy’s, a discount store we saw advertised and Bob bought a new belt. Then we went to Walmart .

We returned, ate lunch, and then I called Geek Squad to try to figure out what was going on with the restart messages.

The gal spend several hours on it but did not get it fixed. So Bob had an appt. for both computers for when we get to our next stop. We leave here on Sunday.

Since we are both having the same issue, we decided that maybe it was Kapersky. So Bob un-installed Kapersky on my computer and it worked perfectly. He re-installed and it did it again. Ah ha! Now we know the problem, but we need to get it fixed as we obviously need a security software. So we are keeping our appointment for Monday.

I hustled to get the Roadrunner Newsletter out today and sent it off the the club president. We ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Sat. July 30 to Fri. Aug. 5- Essex Junction VT to Ellsworth ME

Saturday-  We had a busy day. We left at 8:45 to meet up with the SKP Genies. At 9 we all drove over to the local cemetery to look at gravestones. We were met there by a woman, Maureen, who is the 6th great granddaughter of Abraham Stevens, a Revolutionary War Veteran. Maureen was quick to point out that he was in the War of 1776, which in Vermont is called “The War Against New York”, not the Revolutionary war! He was one of the Green Mountain Boys, who fought the militia of New York , against them stealing the Vermont land. He fought against Ethan and Seth Allen. The Allen’s were evidently land grabbers. Stevens died in 1820 and had donated the land where the cemetery is located.

This was fascinating! Connie and Peter Brandish presented a field trip on how to photograph cemetery markers. The monument had at some time been reset, as it was still standing. It was hard to read the information on this spectacularly engraved headstone when we first arrived.

At the Cemetery with the Genies

We watched at Connie clean the headstone. Maureen was awestruck! She could now read the headstone. They were sure that there was more down below the stone and Connie dug down and found that there was a support of concreted that had been added below the stone. That was why it was still standing.

Alge on marker

At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

Connie cleaning headstone, At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

You might note that the grave is not indented. What happens is that people were buried in wooden caskets, the wood deteriorates, and eventually breaks, falling in on the body. Abraham was buried on the top of a hill, where it was less likely that this would occur. Nowadays, we put a cover on to make sure that this does not happen.

As  you can see it was very ornate, with a Masonic symbol on the top and writing all around. Next to Abraham was Lucy, his wife. Why you see the light, is that Peter was standing away, shining sun, using a mirror to better see the marker. They do this at every cemetery that they visit.

We moved on to Abraham’s father-in-law named Carr. There were a lot of Stevens and Carrs buried in this cemetery. This was actually the oldest burial site in the cemetery, but his headstone had been replaced at some point in the past.

We learned a lot. The flat gravestones ( which are the markers my parents have) become overgrown with grass and are not a good idea. Many newer cemeteries are going with only having these markers because it is easier to mow the grass.

Also, when purchasing a marker, it is advisable to add a lot of information to it. The mothers maiden name, the kids names, date of birth, date of death, and last name. In the cemetery, we found first names on graves. They were in a plot, that was designated, but what happens if the ‘name marker’ is destroyed or deteriorates. You have the first name, but are no longer able to read the last name. We left and returned to the MH to drop off the gal who was riding with us. We went to lunch at a small deli and purchased subs. We returned home to eat them, then took a short nap.

We left at 4 to return over to Norm and Mary’s rig where we had happy hour with everyone. Then we left and went to dinner at The Essex Café with the group. We had a nice time talking about families and brick walls that we all get to in our Genealogy.

We returned to Norm and Mary’s and sat out talking until later. My phone rang and it was Debbie Abernethy. She wanted to know if we wanted to come over to see their new MH. We did. We were trying to figure out where they were located, when I noticed that they were behind us in their car. Debbie noticed me at the same time! LOL

So we left and went to visit with them until about 9:45. We returned to the rig and went to bed.

Sunday- We left our site at about 9:25 and drove around the Expo to get into the back of the line to dump. We arrived in line at 9:35. We crept forward slowly, and while we were there, we hooked up the car to the MH. We started dumping at 10:35, 1 hour in line! It actually went by quickly, as we read our books while waiting.  One of the nice things about a home on wheels!

We left and drove out to I-89 south, heading southeast to New Hampshire. We stopped at the last rest area in Vermont and ate lunch. We continued on to Sandy Beach RV Park in Contoocook NH. We checked in for four nights to rest and catch up with tasks. We arrived at 1:45, as we had taken our time getting here.

On the way in there was a sign that said turn right. When we attempted to, there was this covered bridge. Note that the height is 9’9”. We are 13’. Needless to say, we did not drive through with the motor home.

Covered bridge on way to RV Park

We continued further on the road and found a different right turn. When going up the hill, we were hit, a hard ‘bang’ on the satellite with a branch. Scared us! Fortunately, the satellite was okay.

The first site that they assigned us was too un-level for us to park, so they moved us to the one right next to the first one. With some work, we were able to level the MH. We set up, but there are too many trees for us to get satellite. We were able to connect to cable, which is out of Boston. We can only watch the cable on the bedroom TV, a situation that will need to be remedied! We don’t think we will ever go to this park again!

We had thunderstorms. We ate dinner, and watched some recorded TV shows, then some new shows in bed.

Monday- During my morning walk I took this picture of the lake.

Lake at rv park

We did some work around the MH. I have articles that I need to work on and I tried to do that. Unfortunately, my computer crashed and I was unable to work with it. I called Geek Squad, but the gal could not access my computer because it kept freezing. So I finally gave up. The gal made an appointment for me in Bangor ME for Friday.

After lunch, we went into Concord.  We drove into downtown Concord.

Downtown Concord NH

We stopped by the Capitol building.

New Hampshire Capitol

We continued on to the Old North Cemetery to visit the grave of Franklin Pierce.

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Franklin Pierce's gravesite

Then we went to his manse which is closed on Mondays.

Franklin Pierce's Manse

We stopped at Walmart and Petsmart, then returned to the MH, and read for awhile. We ate dinner, and watched TV. I tried my computer again and was able to transfer pictures to my external hard drive and to get the Roadrunner Newsletter copied to my scan disk so I can use Bob’s computer to work on the newsletter.

Tuesday- Bob spent a lot of time on the insurance website tracking down the EOB’s. Since we only get mail monthly, we try to keep an eye on what we will owe. He called the hospital, again, because we are keeping close tabs on what is going on with that $222K bill. We are going to have to pay what is left of the deductible. They are still in negotiations with the insurance company, so we still have a zero balance. We ate lunch at home.

It rained during the night and this morning, but the sun came out after lunch. The temps are in the 70”s, but humid!

We had to return some Glucosamine that Karlie refused to eat, so we went back to Petsmart and then to the Market Basket grocery store. We stopped at a Visionworks, to repair my glasses, since the left lens has now popped out three times!

We returned to the MH and after walking the dogs, we cleaned out the inside of the car, cleaning the leather seats,  the floor mats and vacuuming.

We settled in, ate dinner and watched TV.

Wednesday-  Sunny today, with high to be 84. Still a bit humid, but 59 when I went out for my walk around the park.

I tried my computer again and found that it will work when not on internet. Hmm, interesting. I am able to work on the blog and was able to work on one of the articles. I am down to redoing the questions, in a multiple choice format, so I was able to get some work completed.

Bob worked on setting up the GPS for our trip tomorrow and he cleaned the carpet on the ceiling where we had some stains from some old leaks. No worries about leaks now that we have had the roof re-sealed!

We left at 11:15 to go to Canterbury NH. We drove to Concord, then drove north on I-93 to an exit, then onto Hwy 106.  We stopped for lunch at The Eggshell Restaurant where we both had mediocre omelets for lunch. We turned onto Canterbury Rd. and drove 3 miles to the Canterbury Shaker Village.

Canterbury Shaker Village NH

We parked and went to the Visitor Center. We paid $17 per person for the visit. There was  tour starting at 1:00, so we used the restrooms and wandered around the gift shop for about 15 minutes. There was nice items, but very expensive!

The Docent, Gail, rounded us all up, and there were about 15 of us, and we walked across Shaker Road to the Village. Our first stop was at benches in front of the meeting house where Gail told us about the Shakers.

Gail, the Docent, Canterbury Shaker Village NH

“The museum is dedicated to preserving 200 years of  entrepreneurship, innovative design and simple living. The Village is a National Historic Landmark and includes 25 restored original buildings, and four reconstructed buildings. It is located on 624 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement.” (from their flier). Their religion is interesting. They were originally Quaker Shakers from Manchester England. The founder was Ann, who came from Manchester England,  who converted 8 followers and came across on a ship in 1772. They moved onto this land and converted others to their simple religion. The actual name of the religion is very long, but it was shortened to Shakers from the shaking that occurs when they dance and get into a state of euphoria. They became brothers and sisters, all of them, the children included, and they were celibate. But that may not have been why they died out. That also had to do with the changes in society.

They took in lots of people, including orphans from Boston, who were then allowed to leave, or to join the group when they turned 18. The others that they took in they called “Winter Shakers”. They were homeless who asked to join. They would stay for the winter and then leave. The Shakers knew this, but felt it was charitable to accept these people.

The Shakers were innovators and entrepreneurs. They developed good crops and then sold the seeds to farmers across the country. They were the first to put seeds in the little packets. The also invented clothes pins. In their laundry, and they did laundry for 200 people, they put in a dumb waiter to take the clothes upstairs. They  used a steam engine to power their washing machine. Below is the hospital.

Hospital, Canterbury Shaker Village NH

Meeting House, Canterbury Shaker Village NH

Above is the meeting house. Below is the dormitory. On the right were the ‘sisters’ and on the left were the ‘brothers’.

Living Quarters, Canterbury Shaker Village NH  Back of the living Quarters, Revere Bell, Canterbury Shaker Village NH

In the tower on the top was a bell, cast by Revere and Sons of Boston. ( Yes, that Revere of Boston). Below is the garden and the wood shed. They used 500 cords of wood each winter for the 250 people who lived here.

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Canterbury Shaker Village NH

Above was their store. I was not allowed to take pictures inside any of the buildings. We visited the laundry, which was a very busy place, as they did laundry for so many people. The people were assigned monthly to chores, so that they did not get too bored with one job, and were able to do many jobs. WE also visited the school where there was a video running of one of the children, now 92 years old, who is still living. She talked about live at the compound.

We returned to the MH, ate dinner, and went to bed.

Thursday- Travel day. We left at almost 10 to travel southeast on I-86 to I-93 south. We turned east on Hwy. 101 to Portsmouth, and moved onto I-95 north. At the last NH toll, I pulled up into the toll booth and the gal at the booth told me that the lady in front of us had seen our license plate. She said that since we were from South Dakota, that the lady in front said “welcome to New Hampshire” and had paid our $5 toll! Wow, paying it forward! That has never happened to us before! How nice!!!!

We traveled north on I-95. It was very busy right into Maine.

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We stopped at the rest area/welcome center and picked up brochures. We changed drivers and continued north. We had decided to stop in Oakland, just south of Waterville for those awesome lobster rolls we had before. So we each ate a bar for lunch, and Bob also had an apple.

We went north of Waterville to leave the MH at a truck stop. We disconnected the car and ran the 5 miles back to Oakland. We went to the Corner Store and purchased two small lobster rolls, if you can call these small! $12 each and they are worth every penny!

Lobster roll from Corner Market

We returned to the MH and ate them. We continued the last 86 miles to the RV park, via Hwy. 1A out of Bangor. Wow, was construction awful when we arrived in Ellsworth. The town was torn up. We arrived at the Patton Pond RV park to find that they were closed. There was a box with info for us. We still owe $11, but the rest was paid for. So we went to our site. It is totally un-level. We would have immediately returned to the office and requested another site, if they had been open.

So we worked on getting the MH as level as we could. We have the wheels up on blocks and the jacks on blocks. We got it level, but it is rocky. So we are going to the office the first thing in the morning to change sites. The other issue is that the sewer connection is uphill, so we cannot connect to sewer. Water does not run up hill!!!

1st site at Patton Pond

We settled in and walked the dogs. We ate dinner and watched Satellite TV as we are able to get the satellite in this spot.

Friday- We were at the office when they opened at 8 AM. We requested to change sites. During our morning walk, we had chosen three different sites we felt would work, so we requested any one of them. They moved us to site 514, which it turns out is a Thousand Trails site. Huh? We are paying $20 per night, through Encore, to stay in a Thousand Trails site, that we could stay in for free?  Patton Pond is not on our list of RV parks. I called Thousand Trails, and found that they are not in our plan, only in some limited older plans. Oh well, $20 per night for FHU 50 amp, is pretty good!

We quickly moved the MH to the new site, set up and left to drive to Bangor to Best Buy, as I had a 10:15 appt. for the computer repair. My thought was that the issue was from my downloading Microsoft One Drive or Google Photos. They had to run diagnostics, so it would take 5-7 days. We had to leave the computer.

We went to lunch at a nice diner type restaurant called Dysart’s. We had a very nice, inexpensive lunch.

After lunch we went downtown to visit the Paul Bunyan statue.

Paul Bunyon Statue, Bangor Maine

It was located downtown at the Civic Center. We were lucky to be able to get a picture, as the State Fair is going on behind this building. Below is a mural. We have seen this design on lots of post cards over the years in various gift shops.

Mural in Bangor

We continued on to Stephen King’s house. Note the spider web on the gate.

Stephen King's home, Bangor Maine

While driving downtown, we had spotted this big white building on the hill. So we went in search of it.

Bangor Maine

Thomas Hill Sandpipe, Bangor ME

It is open to the public for one day each season.

We returned to Ellsworth and the MH. We settled in for the evening, ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Sat. July 23 to Fri. July 29- Essex Junction VT- Escapade

Saturday- We went to Staples where I could have copies made of some paperwork and then to Best Buy to buy Bob a new Bluetooth. His stopped working. We went to Shaws grocery store and then back to the MH. Since the electric went out once, we are careful to make sure that we do not leave the MH for too long during the day in the heat. We do not want to cook the dogs!

After lunch we went over to register and to pick up our welcome packets. We ran into friends Tom and Debbie Abernethy, who are the coordinators for the “Row”, which is the area for the BOF’s and Chapters.

I put together folders for the booth at the Rally and we had a quiet afternoon. At 5, we went to the Row volunteer pizza dinner. I ate my salad and Bob ate Pizza. That was over by 6:30 and we stayed a little later to assist with clean up. Below, Tom and Debbie..

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We returned to the MH and settled in for the evening.

Sunday- The first day of the Rally. Bob assisted me with taking items over to the vendor area and I met up with Janet Tanumun, my Executive Director for the program.

We worked the booth. There are 1200 people at the Escapade, so in the morning the booth was pretty busy. I spoke with a lot of people. It is very interesting people watching!

Meanwhile, Bob went to the vendors that we were interested in purchasing items from. He went to all the insurance booths and requested estimates on changing our insurance. He also set up an appointment at the Blue Ox booth to have them come to the rig and do routine maintenance on our hitch for the car.

I picked up our event shirts and Bob spoke with the Jim and Chris Guild (Geeks on Tour) about Picasa and how we can still use it on the computer. I hope to attend their excellent seminar on Google Photos on Thursday.

The vendor marketplace ended at 2:30, so Bob came and helped me to move some items back to the MH. We returned to the main building for the opening ceremony.

Lots of introductions and recognitions for the hardworking volunteers. Since this is on the east coast, most of the people are at their first Escapade. The torch was moved to the next generation of the family who own/run Escapees. Bud and Kathy Carr turned the Presidential gavel over to Travis and Melody Carr, their son and daughter-in-law.

The highlight of the ceremony was the speech by Kay Peterson ( age 89) who is the founder of the Escapees. Her husband, Joe died in 2010. She is frail, but has her mental acuity. She told a great story which had the entire room laughing.

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Afterwards there was an ice cream social and then a happy hour sponsored by the company who has the RV’s here to sell, Paul Everett RV, out of California. They have driven about 20 very expensive motor homes to the Escapade from California! That must have cost a pretty penny!!! The FMCA rally in in Massachusetts  next week, so any left over MH’s will go there.

We wandered through a few of the largest MH’s and shook our heads at how poorly designed that they seem to be. I hated the floor plans! At least several of these had a pantry and some place to store pots, pans and dishes. Many do not, they are made to be party buses. An example of the poor design is that you are making these for older people, many who have CPAP, and they have no bedside table to place the machine on. We know several people who had to special order an RV so that they would be able to have a space for the machine. The current MH’s are all glitz and glamor, but not practical for usage.  We saw some being sold!

We returned to the MH and had dinner, then went back over to the main building. They pulled numbers for the prizes, but we did not win anything. The entertainment started at 7:30. It was a singer/comedian, Jimmy Travis. He was very good, but we sat near the back and had trouble understanding what he was saying due to the acoustics. He definitely knew his audience, as he targeted the show towards the older generation.  The show ended at 8:45 and we returned to the MH and went to bed.

Monday- Another long day working the marketing booth. It was fun meeting so many different people. Because there were seminars today, it was very busy in spurts. Bob worked the SKP Genies, our Genealogy group table today, form 10-12. The market hours today were  9-4. Bob walked me back at 4 PM, and we relaxed for a bit. Then at 5:30 we went to the pizza dinner with the SKP Genies. I took a salad with me and Bob had gone to the Sausage Shack, here in the Champlain Valley Expo Center for a Lobster Roll. They had sold out at 10 AM, of the Lobster Rolls!!!! Evidently people had them for breakfast! They had them yesterday, but we did not know about them. The Sausage Shack had doubled their order and sold out by 10 AM? Wow!

So Bob walked across the street to the McDonalds and had a Lobster Roll from them. Yup, McDonalds has Lobster Rolls in Essex Junction Vermont!. As you an tell, it is real lobster! So we went over to dinner.

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This turned out to be the largest pizza party the SKP Genies had ever had. This pizza party was order your own pizza and Dominos was very busy delivering!

We had a nice dinner meeting new folks then went to the evening entertainment. They started with pulling tickets for the door prizes and Bob won a hat.

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At 7:30 there was a band, the Marlins. It is a band of 4 brothers. They have toured with various well known bands. They were okay, but we were tired and left early. We returned to the MH and I had called my clients. At 9, I had a conference call which ran late and we went to bed.

Tuesday-  I was off to the booth early in the morning. Bob worked the SKP Genies booth from 10-12. He was keeping an eye on the MH to make sure we kept electric for the dogs, so he is has definitely been getting in his 10,000 steps a day, at least! Many days 13,000. We have not been riding our bikes at this rally, we have been walking everywhere.

Janet ran a seminar at 1:30, so I assisted her with that. Then of course we were mobbed at the booth.

We had the Boomers happy hour at 4:30. There were 60 people there! We had a nice time talking to some folks who had just started full-timing.

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We met up with Debbie and Tom Abernethy and went out to a nice dinner at Applebees. We returned in time for Tom and Bob to go to the Star Party which was run by Gary Tomlinson, a nationally known astronomy educator. Bob and Tom both enjoyed it and Bob said it was very interesting.

Wednesday-  The final day of the booth. I am really glad as I am tired! We had several people from yesterdays seminar stop by. I was able to get away at around 10:20 so that I could go to the Genies Genealogy seminar on a Genealogy Road Trip, given by Norah Glover. It was almost a full room of people!

I returned to the booth and continued talking to people. I was able to get away Bob and I both went to the Windows 10-Top 10 Tips seminar. I learned a little more about Windows 10. This was given by Chris and Jim Gould (Geeks on Tour).

We had decided on the insurance and signed up for a new policy, saving money. The agency was offering the same plan as with our Good Sam, National General, but it was less expensive. We have to cancel our current policy now.

The Market Place ended at 4 and we packed up and took home our stuff! We left and went back over to meet up with Ruth,  who is trying to reactivate the Square Dancing BOF. There were 8 of us who attended. We are going Square Dancing tomorrow evening, here in Essex Junction.

We returned to the MH, fed the dogs, and went to Ray’s Seafood for dinner. We each had a Lobster Roll. We had been told that the lobster was $9 per pound and were going to have Lobster, but you had to order then wait an hour for it to be cooked. Neither of us were impressed with the lobster roll. Bob said that the one from McDonalds was better, and much less expensive. I only ate the lobster and a salad. It came with chips and Bob only ate a few of his.

We returned and for some reason I had developed the hiccups which lasted for about 45 minutes. Whew, as tired as I was, that was way too long! So I settled in to relax. Bob walked over to check on the door prizes, as one of us had to be present to win. We did not win anything.

The entertainment was the Ham-O-Ramma, but I was too tired to attend. Bob did not stay over for it either, he returned and we watched some TV, falling asleep in the recliners.

Thursday-  The final day of the rally. We went over to the 8:30 seminar by the Geeks on Tour. It was on Google Photos. Google has discontinued Picasa, which is the program that I use to edit photos. I can still use it, but it is no longer supported, as Google is moving to totally to a Cloud format. The photos are free, but they are stored in the Cloud. No one is say for how long they are free.

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So I will still back them up to my external hard drive, but also keep them in the cloud. Actually, the ones that I want are on the blog, so it is not a real issue.

After the seminar, we returned to the MH and did some tasks, then returned to the main building for the Pet Walk. The gal who was going to run it, Chris, who does it every year, had an issue with her dog just prior to the start of the Escapade, and she returned home to her Vet. So one of the folks from the Escapade staff lead the walk. We walked the dogs in a parade around the Expo Center. Lots of people come to look. Then we just all milled around at the entrance to the buildings.

Dog Walk @ Escapade

We dropped the dogs off and went to the Chili Cook off. Every single one of the Chili samples had bell pepper in them, so Bob could not sample them. I sampled some until I hit one that was AWESOME, made by the people from one of the insurance companies. I put money into their CARE jar.  You donate money to CARE at the ones that you like, and the one who raises the most money wins. They raised over 6K for CARE. CARE is the Assisted Living at the Escapees Park in Livingston TX. The money raised by the sale of the doughnuts every morning at the Escapade also goes to CARE. They raised over 2K from the doughnuts. All of the BOF’s and Chapters donate to CARE. The winner, which turned out to be my favorite, donated their $175 winnings back to CARE.

We stopped at the Sausage Shack for lobster rolls.

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We returned to the MH and took a short nap. At 3 PM we returned to the main building for the closing ceremony. We did not win anything.

Back  to the MH for a short stay, and we ate dinner. We met up with folks from the new Square Dance BOF and went to a Square Dance workshop sponsored by the Green Mountain Steppers.

The workshop was being held at the local library. We arrived to find about 13 people there. They were doing Advanced, which we do not dance. We waited until that workshop was completed. The caller came around and greeted us. Then he started doing Plus Plus. We had never heard of that and think we are still too weak, having not danced, except for the workshops this winter. We were glad that we did not get up and dance the Plus Plus, as the squares kept breaking up. When he started the Plus, we joined in and had a great time. We did really well, not having any more issues that anyone else.

The folks at the Green Mountain Steppers were very welcoming and we all had a great time. At the end, we had to go in a line around the room, hugging the caller, his wife and the president of the club. The also gave us dangles, like we have gotten before at other places. These are to attach to your name badge. These are green left feet!

The nine of us stopped at McDonalds, across from the Expo Center for hot fudge sundaes ( there went my fat burn on my diet plan) and sat getting to know each other for about an hour. We returned home at 10 and went to bed.

Friday- We went to the Hook-up breakfast, which consisted of a small piece of apple strudel or a mini muffin. Really? They think that is a breakfast? Well since I was out of ‘fat burn’, we went over to the McDonalds and had an Egg McMuffin.

We walked back over to the MH and gathered up the laundry. We went to the shopping center next door and washed our clothes. We returned and hung everything up then went to the local Goodwill.

We donated clothes that are too big, again, and I bought two tops. Bob bought a pair of shorts and a new belt. The belt was brand new and one of my tops was new, with the store tags still on it!

We stopped at Vermont Sandwiches for lunch. We both bought a pretty good sandwich, then returned to the MH to eat them. At 1 we went over to Norm and Mary’s MH for the start of the SKP Genies mini rally. There were about 14 of us there. We introduced ourselves and each person put forth a problem that they were having, which the group made suggestions about a solution.

At a little after 3, we left and went to the local farmers market, which opened at 3:30. We wandered through and I bought yellow squash and a cucumber, each for $0.75.

We returned to the MH and went to dinner at 5, at Texas Road House. That was as good as usual. Then at 6:30 we went back to the mini rally social, where they served awesome brownies with ice cream for dessert.We sat talking until about 8 PM, then returned to the MH.

Sat. July 16 to Fri July 22- Hyde Park VT to Brattleboro VT

Saturday-  We had a nice breakfast with Nancy and Dave, then worked around the MH for awhile. Then we all had leftover Chinese from dinner last evening for lunch. We took a nice nap, and waited for John and Lorrie Anderson to arrive. They became stuck in traffic around New York, so they did not arrive until around 8 PM. We celebrated Lorries birthday with a nice ice cream cake and all went to bed early.

Sunday- We had another nice breakfast with everyone. We packed up and went into Stowe for the day. We stopped at an art gallery and looked at some awesome art, primarily by a Vermont artist, Fred Swan. His pictures are beautiful Vermont scenes.

We continued into Stowe and stopped at the Sunday Farmers Market. We did not purchase anything, but it was fun to look.

We continued on to Stowe Mountain, where we wandered around looking at the many changes to the resort. Then we took the gondola to the top to view from above. They were running a zip line so we watched the people go flying down the mountain.

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We returned to the car, and drove through Smugglers Notch to the town of Jefferson, where we stopped for Creemees. This seems to be a Vermont tradition, as there are Creemee stands everywhere. Bob and I both had a small maple Creemee.

We returned to Nancy and Dave’s house and watched a show that they had recorded from the Smithsonian Channel, “Above America”. We fell asleep watching so we went to bed.

Monday- Another nice breakfast with everyone, then we left to go to Newport VT. We had lunch at a favorite restaurant in town, the Eastside Restaurant. We had been there before and enjoyed the experience. The restaurant is located right on Lake Memphremagog,  which is partly in the US and partly in Canada. We had to turn off our phones as they kept trying to roam back to Canada! 

After a great lunch, we wandered through the gift shop, then returned to Nancy and Dave’s house.There was a Town of Hyde Park ice cream social, so we loaded up John and Lorries car, again, and went to the social. It was very nice, located in the top of a barn. We had a nice time visiting with our friends and eating ice cream and cookies. We returned to the house and  we played Mexican Train until it was time to go to bed.

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Tuesday-  Dave had to work today, so after a late nice breakfast the rest of us went into the town of Stowe to wander around and go shopping. We ate lunch at The Malt Shop and wandered through all the stores. Below is a nice sculpture in town.

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We returned to the Shambaugh’s and everybody fell asleep. We went to dinner at 10 Railroad Street, a nice little restaurant. We felt sorry for the staff, as they were swamped on a Tuesday evening. We  each had the scallops appetizer, which was scallops, wrapped in bacon, and cooked in a mason jar. Very good! Plus Bob and I split an order of nachos.

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We returned to the Shambaugh’s and watched some TV. Everybody said their good-byes, as the Andersons were leaving early in the morning. Nancy was also leaving early to go back to work.

Wednesday-  We did not rush getting ready to leave, as we could not check in at the next RV park until after 1 PM.

We left around 10:30 and drove west on Hwy. 15 to Essex Junction. We turned north on I-89 and stopped at a Mobile station for diesel. This is the closest thing that Vermont seems to have for a truck stop.

We returned one exit south and drove into Lone Pine Campsites at about 1:05. We settled into our site and ate lunch. We tried for satellite TV, but there were trees in the way.  We were lucky to get a site, as it is close to the Escapade and it has been full the entire time we have been here!

We were just getting settled and people were waving and saying hello. We went to Walmart for some groceries. Burlington has only one Walmart and it is not a supercenter.  We stopped in at Costco, which is also a very small Costco with no gas station. We returned and the folks across from us, who have two small dogs also, stopped by to say hello. The resort is full of friendly Escapees!

We ate dinner and watched some recorded TV shows.

Thursday- I was able to get out and walk this morning. It was not too humid and the road is paved. I worked on an article that my editor had sent me and Bob worked on cleaning the bikes, as we will be using them for transportation at the Escapade..

I had a 10:30 mani/pedi scheduled and I went to have that done. We ate lunch when I returned and then went to drive the route to the Escapade. We followed their directions, then found  a doable short cut. We went to Kohls for some clothes. We returned to the MH and sat out reading. I rode my bike around the park before Bob put the bikes on the back of the car.

We ate dinner and sat out until it was too dark to read, then came in, watched some recorded TV and went to bed.

Friday- We were up early and took nice long showers. We will have electric and water this week, but no dump, so we have to do shorter, sailor showers.

I did one last load of laundry, after Bob dumped the tanks, and while we could have the gray tank open to sewer. We use the shower water to rinse the hose, so Bob opened the tank back up.

Then we packed up to leave. It was a short drive, about 15 minutes to the Expo Center. We had driven a back road  yesterday and took it today, since we knew we could drive this route. The way that the Escapees had us going was longer and we had to go south in I- 87 to exit 14  and basically make a U-turn and drive back to Exit 15 and drive surface streets anyway.

We arrived to cheerful waves from the parking volunteers. We drove through the Expo Center, about 1/2 to 3/4 miles, being waved on by the parking staff. We ended up parallel to the entrance, on the other side of the facility, facing the main road, between gate A and gate B. We have plenty of room between RV’s and are hooked up to 30 amp service and water. Wow is it hot!

I had woken up at 3:30 for some reason and I konked out at 11. I had to lay down and take a nap. I woke up at 1, because the fan was off. We had lost electric. Awful! Bob found a parking person and he called it in. We had no electric for about an hour and a half and it became really hot in the MH. The guy on our passenger side was able to connect to a different pedestal. He had electric, but we are in the middle and cannot reach another pedestal. The problem was that the box with the breakers was locked with a padlock and they had to find the key. They finally did and moved the other folks off this box. We are now the only people on the box.

So we turned on the air and tried to get the temp back down in the MH. It never really got cool enough until after dark. The temp at the MH was 100 outside. We were 87 inside, although the weather person said it only reached 87. Even with being the only ones on the pedestal, we could not run the basement air and the roof air, which we normally can do on 30 amp, so we had to be very careful. When running the microwave, we had to turn off the air. We were able to run the Breville with the air going, so we baked some salmon for dinner. It was too hot out to BBQ.

We had a quiet afternoon. I worked on getting ready to work the table with Janet, my Executive Director with the weight loss plan I am on. . Hopefully I can help others to get healthy and lose weight like I have been doing.

We started to watch TV and there was nothing on. So I tried to connect the TV to the internet so that I could watch shows that we missed over the last two days. The TV would not connect. So Bob called Direct TV and we had to reboot the Direct TV system, then we could watch.

While he was talking to them, we asked about the Direct HD package, which contains The Smithsonian channel. We had watched shows on it at the Shambaugh’s and really enjoyed them. So we were interested in adding the channel. It is part of a package of movie channels. It costs an extra $4 per month so we added it. We were able to watch “Above America” the Wisconsin episode. It was very good and we learned a lot about Wisconsin that we did not know! We have planned to go back to see more of Wisconsin and Minnesota in the future.

Sat. July 9 to Fri. July 15- Perce QC to Hyde Park VT

Saturday-  We left and drove southwest to the town of Gaspi. We stopped at the Visitor Center.  Gaspe is one of the best natural deep harbors in the world.  We toured the town. First we drove by the new Church, which the gal at the visitor center was pushing. It was a church, nothing like the ones we have seen, except that it was cedar outside and in. I did not bother with a picture.

We went downtown to the re-created village on the site of “The Birthplace of Canada”. We looked at the various buildings but did not pay to enter them.

This is a statue of William Wickham. William Wakeham statue

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Most of the area is  from the 1800’s, but is on the site of where Jacques Cartier built his home, the first in New France. This cross, marks the spot.

Cross on site of Jacques Cartiers house

We walked around looking at the various signs which were in both French and English. This is a replica of a semaphore.

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We went downtown.

Downtown Gaspe

We stopped at the IGA for some groceries and then drove Hwy 132, through the area that we did not travel in the MH yesterday. We were very glad that we did not take the MH down this section of the road.

On the way back to Perce, we stopped in Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie ( a part of the Perce district) to look at the rock with an Indian Head on it. We stopped at the rest area and hiked down to be able to see the rock. The story goes” White men came from Europe on a tall ship, kidnapped a young Amerindian girl. and took her back to their country far away. Ever since her lover tirelessly awaits the return of his beloved with his back to the sea and sorrow in his eyes, his gaze fixed on the cliffs”.

Indian Head in Sainte Georges de Malbaie

When we returned to the town of Perce, the tide was out. We could see a walkway from the shore to the rock. We checked it out, but the rocks were too big for me to walk across safely, without  possibly injuring my ankle.

We returned to the MH, put the groceries in the refrigerator. Bob walked the dogs, and we went to lunch downtown at  Auberge de la Table a Roland. Bob had a seafood pie, which was basically a quiche. I had a shrimp sandwich.

Parking in town was very expensive. $6 to  $9, so we asked if we could leave the car in the restaurant parking lot. They said yes, as it was late and they had no more clients,  and we wandered around the town. A lot expensive stuff!  We returned to the MH and took a nice nap!

We ate dinner at home and watch “The Insider” a  movie we had recorded. We stayed up watching it until  after 11, which is late for us!

Sunday-  We left around 9 and drove southwest to Chandler on Hwy 132. We drove past a lot of sites and went southwest of Chandler to the federal park. It had an admission fee, so we did not enter. We returned to Chandler and stopped at the IGA. We had forgotten a couple of items from yesterday, so we bought them. We also found that they had fresh lobster on sale for $10.39 lb.  So we bought two and they took 20 minutes to cook.

The young guy and gal at the seafood counter did not speak English, but we figured everything out. At 15 minutes we returned and they flashed 5 fingers at us. We wandered some more and they flashed 5 fingers again. Finally, the lobsters were cooked, we paid and left.

We continued northeast back towards the RV park. We stopped at this rest area to take a picture,Rest area on Hwy 132

We spotted this lighthouse, which must be like the one behind the RV park, as it was not on the map. These seem to be private lighthouses which are rented out to tourists.

Un named lighthouse.

We stopped at another rest area to take this picture of the waves on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Waves on the Gulf of St. Lawrence

We stopped at the Magasin General Historique Authentuque 1928. It was a General Store from 1928 to 1972.

Magasin General Historique Authentique 1928

They charged $11 each, but for us they charged $6 each to tour. They did a verbal tour in French and no tour in English, but they gave us a booklet with pictures to look at and the son of the original owner talked to us in English, as did his wife. His son was leading one of the French tours.

It was interesting to see how they lived. The store had been in existence since 1926, when they had a fire. They rebuilt and re-opened in 1928. The store  was originally owned by Tobein, Jones and Whitman Company, who were the second oldest company in Canada, after the Hudson Bay Company. The company sold it to the current owner’s father in the 1940’s. It was converted in the 1970’s to this tourist destination.

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Magasin General Historique Authentique 1928 Singer sewing machine, $15

The Singer sewing machine sold for $15.

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Above note the telegraph. This really was a general store. The machine on the right was a check writer, which was used to pay the fishermen for their products.

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This stapler was interesting. The round area in the back held wire which made the staples. How about a rain hat for $1, below.

Magasin General Historique Authentique 1928

The next area was for the larger items. There were sleds and stoves.

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We returned to the MH and ate the lobsters for lunch. That was interesting since we did not have the tools to crack the claws. We managed and the lobster was really good!

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Bob took the towels and sheets to the laundry and I did laundry at home. We had a quiet afternoon as we needed the rest. We will be traveling distances the next two days.

Monday- We left Perce and traveled southwest on Hwy 132 along the   bay.

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Perce to St. Flavie QC

The farther southwest that travels the more that the area became more English occupied. We started noticing that the churches were Anglican ( we even saw one Baptist church)  and the signs were now in French and English. We also noted the difference in the houses, they were more English than French. The trees were also different. Instead of the evergreens that we had been seeing, we  now saw more other types of trees.

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Below was at a pretty little rest area.

Rest area, Perce to St. Flavie QC

The road finally leaves the bay and moves inland along the    river. We traveled through hills and mountains.

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We met our first rude French Canadian. We had heard that many of the French Canadians were rude, but until today we had not encountered and rudeness.

We drove into a rest area on that was right on Lake Matapedia. There were three  RV’s parked along the water. We had stopped to use the bathroom and walk the dogs. Because we have a diesel engine, and you cannot just turn off a diesel, you have to let it idle or it causes damage to the engine, we always leave the engine running for a short time. I got out of the MH to take a picture. A man walked up to me and asked if that was my car. He pointed to the MH. I said yes. He told me to turn off the engine. I explained that we had to leave it running for a few minutes so that it would not damage the engine. He became agitated and told me to turn it off or leave! He said that this was” a place of peace” and that we were making too much noise! I was pretty startled, but I was polite. He said it again and stomped off…. I took my picture and walked back to the MH. Bob was just coming out with the dogs and it had been long enough time, so he turned off the engine. Oh well, it takes all kinds of people to make up this world! It appeared that these three RV’s were camping in the rest area.

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We continued on our way, stopping in Mount Joli for diesel at the same place we had stopped on the way east. We continued back to Captain Homards RV park in Saint Flavie, having completed the circle around the beautiful Gaspe Peninsula.

They did not have the reservation for the night again as they were supposed to! We were parked in a different site, I was offered two sites, and took the one that we could drive through. We parked and set up for the evening. it had been a long day, driving from Perce to here starting at 8:15 and arriving at 3:30.

We had left in cloudy weather and arrived to sunny warmer weather. We settled in, ate dinner, and went out at 8:30 to see the sunset over the St. Lawrence river. This was the first sunset we were able to catch on the trip. Other times it had been too cloudy.

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Tuesday- We left at 8;30, hooked up the car and continued southwest on Hwy 132, now we were back on the Route of the Navigators.

We traveled only about 4 miles and turned onto AR 20. Evidently this stretch of road had been added recently as the GPS thought we were traveling through a field. We continued south to Quebec City and the KOA that we had stayed at on the way up.

We arrived a little after 1 PM. It was warm and sunny. I had requested on the web reservation the same site we had last time S-6, 50 amp, FHU, where we could get satellite.

The gal at registration told me that site was not available because we were too long for the site so they had given it to someone else! Huh? I explained that we had been in that site the last time and that we fit perfectly. They had assigned a site that was longer, but in the trees, even though I had put in the reservation that if S-6 was not available, we would like a site where we could get satellite. We discussed the issue and she moved us to K-6. We drove down to find a tree next to where the satellite is on the roof. We parked as far back in the site as we could and luckily have been able to get satellite.

We immediately changed into shorts, as it was very warm! We settled into the site for 3 nights. We took a short nap, then sat out reading our books until dinner. We ate, then went back outside to relax in the recliners.

Wednesday-  I was out the door to go to the University Laval and the Canadian National Archives to do some more Genealogy. Bob stayed at the MH and cleaned the outside. He did a few other tasks and took a nap.

Once I arrived at the university, I found that they had closed off the original parking lot that I was headed to, so I had to ride around until I was able to get to a parking payment machine and find a parking place. Using the machine was an issue, but finally it spit out a parking ticket. I put it in the windshield and found a parking place.

I found lots of stuff at the archives with various branches of my family Unfortunately there was no time for me to get into lands and other documents.

I returned and we sat out reading and just enjoying the warm weather. It is so warm we have had to put air conditioner on. The temp is in the 90’s with high humidity.

Thursday-  We left early and ran north to Cora’s Diner where they serve only breakfast and lunch. We both had crepes. Here they are:

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We returned and I dropped Bob off and went the 7 miles across the bridge to the University to do some more Genealogy. I went to the parking kiosk and my Visa card would not work. I kept playing with it like I did yesterday, but nothing happened.

A couple, in their 50’s were walking by so I asked for assistance. They were very nice, but did not speak any English.  We were able to muddled through. The machine was not accepting cards, which was the issue. I had to use money. I only had a 10 with me, so I used that to get 2 hours.

I found more information but had too short a time at the Archives. Oh well! I left at 11:15 and returned to the MH. Bob was just eating lunch. We sat and watched the noon news and then took a nap. We both woke up to the vicious thunderstorm that was plummeting us. It rained very hard!  Once the rain stopped we went to an ice cream place for small  hot fudge sundaes.

Friday- Moving and returning to the USA.  We drove south on AR 20 to AR 55. We had a wait at the border as there was a long line. We easily went through and stopped at a rest area and ate a quick lunch. We left I- 91 at exit 26 and followed the GPS directions on Hwy. 58 to Hwy. 100 south. We would not take that route again! We had a very high hill on a very narrow road that we had to climb.

We stopped in Eden VT for diesel. Bob had used Google Earth to look at the gas station to make sure that we could get in safely. We unhooked the car as we only had a few more miles to go.

We arrived at Dave and Nancy Shambaugh’s house in Hyde Park at a little before 3 PM We set up in the driveway and settled in for the evening.  Dave works out of his home and Nancy arrived home around 6:30. We had some very nice Chinese take out for dinner and spent the evening catching up with our long time friends.

Sat. July 2 to Fri. July 8- Quebec City to Chap-chat QC

Saturday-  We left at 6:35 driving southeast on AR 173 to Hwy 201 and into Maine. We stopped at about 9:45 in Jackman, where we were originally going to pick up Bob’s medication. We mailed a letter at the post office, went next door to a deli and used the facilities,  then continued on our way. We arrived in Waterville at about 11 AM. We went straight to the UPS facility, which looked closed. The sign even said that they were closed, but Bob was able to go right in and pick up the package.

We left and went to a gas station and filled up, $2.16 gal. Then we went to Walmart. We picked up a few groceries. There was a Supercuts in the parking lot, so I ran in. I waited about 7 minutes and then had my hair cut. I had not wanted to try to do that in Quebec, as my French was better than the gals English in Quebec!

While I was there, I asked where was a good place to get a Lobster Roll. One of the ladies said in Oakland, one exit south on I-95 at the Corner Store. We went there. Wow, was she right! Each one was $12.50, but oh so good! The best we have ever had. I so was busy eating I forgot to take a picture! A lot of lobster and a freshly baked roll. Awesome!

We followed the GPS across country and finally turned north onto Hwy 201. This is the Old Canada Road, which is very scenic, running along the Kennebec River. We had no problems going through customs/immigration at the border.

We arrived back at the MH at a little after 5 PM. In Maine the weather had been sunny and in the 70’s, now it was cloudy, low 60’s, and very windy!

Sunday- Moving day!  We packed up and left the KOA around 10AM. We drove down the road about a mile and pulled into a wide area to hook up the car. Then we turned northeast on AR 20, driving from exit 311 to exit 337. We turned west and went to Hwy. 132 where we turned northeast, running parallel to AR 20. This was a two lane road, along the St. Lawrence River, with stunning views between the houses and the trees.

Once we left Quebec City region, we entered the Chaudiere-Appalaches region. We traveled through a number of small towns, past numerous churches and pretty little houses. We had farmland on the right and the St. Lawrence on the left.

The road weaved in and out crossing AR 20 several times. We stopped at a rest area near St.- Jean –Port-Joli, where we could see this lighthouse. This is the Pharesur l’Algernon Rock lighthouse,  on an island in the river, 1876.

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 St. Lawrence River from rest area near St. Jean-Port- Joli

Above is more of the view from the rest area. There were big churches and little churches.

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And several windmills.

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The road was bumpy in some places and very nice in others. Only one stretch was narrow with no shoulders.

There was very little traffic, except in the towns.

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We arrived in Riviere-du-Loup at about 2:30. We checked in to Riviere-du-Loup Municipal Park, site 55. $24  per night, U.S., FHU 30 AMP.  We could not get satellite due to the trees. This is a very  nice park, with asphalt sites, picnic tables and a fire ring. We had a little trouble getting level, but once we did, we settled in to do laundry and use the free internet. We spent the evening reading and I worked on the blog.

Monday- We left around 8:50 and went to the local Visitor Information center. The young man at the counter was very helpful. He pulled out  a city map and highlighted the places we were interested in visiting. We stopped at a bakery for a chocolate croissant.  We drove through town and here are some pictures of downtown.

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We left downtown and stopped at  the Christmas store, Noel au Chateau. It reminded me of the Hospice Festival of Trees in Waldorf. Lots of very pretty decorated trees in the shop. We did not pay to go through the tourist trap, which is below.

Chirstmas store, Riviere du Loup, Quebec

We went out to the ferry where there was a look-out. Evidently the tide was out, as the these boats are sitting in mud!

Riviere du Loup, Quebec

We could see the Pot a L’eau-de-Vie lighthouse on the island across from Riviere-du-Loup. 

Pot a Eau=de-Vie,Riviere du Loup, Quebec

We returned to the MH and retrieved the dogs. We took them with us to Parc des Chutes de Riviere-du-Loup. This is a 33 meter waterfall above Riviere-du-Loup. We walked a 960 meter trail with the dogs.

Hike, Riviere du Loup, Quebec

Riviere du Loup, Quebec

We bypassed Manoir seigneurial Fraser, which is the home of the founding family of Riviere-du-Loup, built in 1830. We did not tour it.

Foster Home, Riviere du Loup, Quebec

We drove up to a viewpoint, back near the RV park,  and looked at the river, walking with the dogs out along a boardwalk overlooking the river. We drove along the river where there is a long narrow park with a very nice looking bike trail.

Boardwalk, Riviere du Loup, Quebec

Riviere du Loup, Quebec

We returned to the MH, dropped off the dogs, and drove south to Notre-Dame-du- Portage. We drove through the scenic little town. We continued south to Sainte-Andre. We drove through and stopped at the Micro-Brewery on the south side. We had seen it yesterday when we drove through and it had been very busy. it was busy enough today, that we had to park in the second parking lot.

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We walked in and Bob had a sampler of four beers. They only serve appetizers, so we ordered a sausage, 20160704_124220-001. That was all we got! One long sausage that we cut up into pieces. $19 for all.

We left and continued south to Kamouraska. The town had been very busy yesterday when we drove through as there is an art show going on. We stopped in at several restaurants for lunch, but none appealed until we visited a restaurant which called Meme’s which had a lot of cars in the parking lot. Lunch was okay, and not expensive.

We saw this pretty hotel on the road.

Riviere du Loup, Quebec

We left and returned north. We stopped in Sainte-Andre at the Parc de l’Ancien Quai and saw the pavilion that resembles the decommissioned lighthouse on Long Pelerine, one of the five Iles(islands) that can be seen from the shore.

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We returned to the MH and started laundry. It is sheets and towels day.

Tuesday-  Moving day! We drove north on Hwy. 132. It rained while we were traveling. Our designation was Sainte Flavie.  At around 1 PM we drove into Captaine Homard RV Park. Homard means lobster. There is a nice little restaurant here. Sainte Flavie is just over the boarder of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

We parked and drove south towards Rimouski. It is a larger town with a Walmart and Canadian Tires. We drove through the little towns on the way, turning out to drive along the St. Lawrence river through areas that we do not drive the MH.

Our first stop was at Sainte Luce, where we looked at this church.

Quebec Church in Sainte Luce

As we were entering Rimouski, we drove by the Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse and National Monument

Pointe-au-Pere lighthouse, Rimouski QC Pointe-au-Pere Rimouski QC

Near the lighthouse was the Historique Maritime de la Pointe-su- Pere maritime museum. Outside was the Sous-marin Onondaga, a submarine which had a crew of 70.

DSCN5848  Marine museum, Rimouski

On our way downtown, we passed the Site Historique de la Maison Lamontagne. This home was built around 1744 and is the oldest house in eastern Quebec. It is a rare example of a half-timber framing with stone infilling in North America.

Historique de la Maison Lamontagne, Rimouski, QC Historique de la Maison Lamontagne, Rimouski, QC

Historique de la Maison Lamontagne, Rimouski, QC

Above is the oven, which is outside the house. Can you imagine going outside to cook in the winter, right near the St. Lawrence river, with how cold it must have been!

Then we continued downtown  to the Visitor Center. The lady spoke English poorly, but we made it through. She marked a few places to visit. The town is very pretty with a boardwalk along the river for walking, running and biking.

We looked at the first stone church built in east Quebec. It is now a museum.

Musee regional de Rimouski, first stone church in eastern Quebec

We drove through town, then went to Walmart,

We returned to the MH, walked the dogs,and went to dinner at Captaine Homards. I had a lobster salad  $25, and Bob had a 1 lb. lobster, with salad, $19.

We walked back to the MH, watched some TV and went to bed.

Wednesday- We drove back farther south to Trois Pistoles. We stopped at the visitor center and went to the Fromagerie des Basques. Fromage is cheese.  We sampled 4 cheeses, one was BBQ cheese curds. They were chewy, then a beer cheese, which was sharp and a brie which was also sharp. We tried the Swiss, and it was very good! We did not buy any though.

We left and went to  see a building built out of aluminum cans to the southwest in Sainte-Jean-Dieu. this building and tourist information center was built of 27,927 aluminum cans. It is surrounded by murals.

Sainte-Jean-de-Dieu caslte from  beer cans DSCN5863-001

We returned to Trois Pisoles and went to lunch at Kwik Kwik,  the fromagerie restaurant. They did not speak Engllish and the menu was in French. We managed though. Bob had a Croque Monsieur ( a French ham and cheese, but much better than an American ham and cheese due to the cheese, ham and bread).

Denise salad at Kwik Kwik in Trois Pisoles QC Bob's Crouque Misour

I had the ‘salade marine’, which was a shrimp and crab salad.

On the way back, we stopped in Sainte Fabien to visit the Musee de la grange Octogonale. This is a four story, octagonal barn, the only one in Quebec.  It was built in 1888 by d’Adolphe Gagnon. I have Gagnon’s in my family tree, so this may have been a relative.

Musee de la Grange, octogonale

We returned to Rimouski and purchased gas($ 1.08 per litre, $3.24 gal.) and went through a car wash ( $ 9.00). Then it was back home to the MH at Captaine Homards. When we arrived, we found this little fellow on our picnic table. Not sure who put him there!

Crab on picnic table at Captaine Homards

We ate dinner in, and settled in to watch TV and go to bed.

Thursday- Moving Day.  We continued north on Hwy 132. We are now in the Gaspe Region, on the Gaspe Peninsula.  We ended the “Route of the Navigators” which is what Hay 132 has been called up until this point.

We continued north east to Matane where we stopped in the Walmart parking lot. We disconnected the car and went to look at the Matane Lighthouse, 1865 to 1937. We stopped in at the Canadian Tire for Bob to purchase some oil for the MH engine. We re-hooked up the car, between rain drops, and ate lunch.

Matane lighthouse, Matane, QC

We continued northeast on Hwy 132. The peninsula is divided into areas. The first area is The Coast, and we sure saw a lot of beautiful scenery. The other areas are “The Haute-Gaspesie”, Lands End, The Bay and the Valley.

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

The farther northeast that we drove, the more water we saw. We passed through scenic little towns. We missed one lighthouse, in  Cap-Chat, but were able to see the worlds largest windmill and the light house in La Martre, which was right off the highway.

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis Worlds largest windmill Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

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Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

We continued to Parc de la Mert in Sainte-Maxine-du Mont-Louis( we are in the Haute-Gaspesie area). We parked in a 50 amp FHU, $37 can. I immediately started to do laundry, as we could not do laundry at Captaine Homards,because the sewer connection was too high, so the water would not run down into the sewer. I did 5 loads of laundry.  I don’t dry items, so we had them hanging all over the M H.

We ate dinner at home, watched TV and went to bed. We are still getting Direct TV this far north. We are amazed!

Originally, we planned to stay 2 nights, but decided to only stay one night, as there is not much to see in this area.

Friday- Moving day! This was my view on my walk!Sainte Louis

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We are going to have a nice sunny day today, but we are still wearing jeans and sweatshirts.  We left around 9:45 driving northeast on Hwy 132. We drove through little towns and through mountains. We have now moved into the Lands End area.

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Between Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont Louis and Perce QC

 Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

We had to drive very slowly due to the curves and the 14% grades. We stopped at this rest area overlooking Grand Valle. So beautiful!

From rest area, overlooking Grande Valle, QC,Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

We stopped at the visitor center in Parc National Forillon and ate lunch then went in for the map and information on the park.

We continued past the Cap-des-Rosiers lighthouse, which is in the park. 

Cap0des-Rosiers Lighthouse, Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

and on to the town of Gaspe. In Gaspe, we left Hwy. 132 for about  7 miles, driving on Hwy 198 until Hwy. 132 rejoined us. It was a better road to travel with the MH

We continued on to Perce, our destination. We drove into Camping du Phare a Perce at about 2:30. This is a PA park, $ 23 C for FHU 50 amp. We are staying 3 nights. 

Since we are PA, they did not give us a site on the water, but who cares at this price. We can see the Perce rock

Trip between Sainte Flavie and Sainte-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis

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and the lighthouse from the park.

Lighthouse in Perce

We settled in and  were able to take off our sweatshirts as it was sunny and warmer, low 60’s. Eventually we  went to dinner at Baird Restaurant. I had stopped at the office and asked Denise, the owner, what was a good restaurant. She said BR and waved on the right. Her English is minimal. So we drove through town looking for BR, but figured out this was the restaurant.

They had an all you can eat bar for $32.50, but we ate off the menu. Bob had the muscles which came with carrots and celery in the broth and I had the scallops in an scallion wine sauce. They were delicious.

Bob's muscles Denise's scollops

We returned to the MH. We are still receiving Direct TV! We did not think we could be able to get the TV the entire trip!

We have noticed that the farther northeast that we travel, the less English is spoken. This has not been an issue for us, as we are able to cope with the language difference. It is fun to communicate!

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