Posted by: sunnyharvy | July 27, 2011

Heading Down East

7/23 Got a late start due to getting everything packed after a busy week. Al also had to get the rack completely set-up to carry 2 bikes, 2 kayaks, and the spare tire, which we had not done before. His engineering worked well and all seems to be securely installed. It must be quite a site to motorists who come up behind us.

The drive through Boston felt less intimidating than it does in a car and traffic wasn’t too bad except for a slowdown north of the city for which we saw no reason. Our destination was Mike and Sheila’s vacation home in Gilford, NH. We got there just in time for dinner after which we went in to Weir’s Beach for an outside rock concert. The local band was really good. Back home to bed early for a good night’s sleep under a starry sky.

7/24 After a leisurely breakfast with Sheila and the girls, while Mike was at an auction (of course), we headed off to Maine. We had lunch at Songo Lock near Lake Winnipesaki where we watched the action as boats of every size went up and down through the lock and swing bridge. After a couple more hours on the road we arrived at Lake St. George State Park,  rather unremarkable campground, but our site is right on the lake and the view was lovely as we enjoyed our home cooked dinner as the sun went down.

Think we brought enough toys?

7/25 Up early for a walk around the campground for exercise and to take some photos, French toast for breakfast, a bit of relaxation and a quick pump out and water fill up. On the road again by 10 o’clock, which is quite early for this crew! We drove some beautiful areas on less busy highways. Stopped in Ellsworth to fill our propane tank and at a cute little local shop for coffee, but also decided to pick up lobster rolls for lunch later. Then we were off to genuine “Down East Maine” on the Schoodic Peninsula. We enjoyed a lovely picnic site on the bay before heading to scenic Schoodic Point and on to Winter Harbor.

We followed a road side handmade sign advertising raspberries to a bountiful farm where besides the berries we purchased “Sweet Valentine” red romaine lettuce and “bright lights” Swiss chard both of which they picked  as we waited! You can’t get fresher than that!

Then it was off to our campsite at Lamoine State Park. What a difference a day makes! This place is everything the last campground was not…WAY off the highway so it is extremely quiet, the sites are large and private, and ours is right on Frenchman Bay with an unobstructed view! We are both so glad we’ve got 3 nights to enjoy this incredible location! It’s supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow and we don’t even care.

7/26 It rained lightly most all night, but stopped at daybreak. We awoke to the heavenly fragrance of beach roses as we watched the sky and birds through the plexiglass skylight over our pillows. After breakfast I took a walk thinking it might be my last chance to get exercise today as more rain was forecast. It was still dry when I got back so we got the bikes out and headed down the road. We returned a couple hours later with a cucumber and some super sweet orange cherry tomatoes from a local honor system farm stand. There’s not much around here except incredible scenery. We did not see one store, cafe, or any sort of retail business.

Loop Trail around Campground
Horse Getting His Mail Delivered
Local Fixer Upper – just one block from beach!

Back at the campground we fixed a salad for lunch that included the local veggies we recently purchased and spent the afternoon working on our screen door project. If it works as designed, I will post a photo of the final results.

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