Monday, July 10, 2017

Birthday trip to Maine

 On the 24th June Marie and I headed out in the rain for our annual lobster dinner in Maine. The weather all week had been unseasonably cool and wet and the forecast for the coast was hot and sunny so I thought it would be a nice birthday gift to myself to see the sea. After we had been driving for an hour, just before Farmington, Maine, the clouds lifted, the sun shone and the road dried. By the time we pulled into the parking lot at the Five Island Lobster Company in Georgetown we were hungry and didn't have to wait long for our fresh lobster to arrive at the dock and onto our plates.

 The clouds moved out and a cooling breeze off the Sheepscot River was welcome in the hot sun now beating down so after our delicious lunch we had an ice cream and walked around a the tiny village a bit with Ben the dog. At one point he decided to take a doggy dive into the water, coming up festooned with seaweed like a sea monster from the deep. He didn't take long to dry though and we headed to Wiscasset to meet our new AirBnB hosts, Rick and Elizabeth.

It was a short distance to Wiscasset - our secluded spot not far from the town was quiet but with the usual clouds of Maine mosquitoes. The couple and their two young boys made us feel right at home, getting the BBQ ready for us so we could cook up a mess of lamb chops for supper and helping me after dark to celebrate my birthday by lighting a lantern and launching it into the night sky. After a very comfortable sleep, a delicious breakfast prepared by our host and hugs all around we decided to spent the rest of the morning in Boothbay Harbor, a half hour south, before heading home.


Doug's 'herbal' garden

Boothbay Harbor, Maine
This is a real Maine tourist town, a popular sailing and kayaking destination with lots of delicious seafood restaurants, festivals, whale watching, historical museums and nature trails to explore and, if you're driving a big honking truck and its a weekend, don't expect to find a place to park. But we like the area and its handy, being at the end of SR 27 which goes all the way back to the Quebec border and home. Home and lots of things to do in preparation of the arrival of sister Dee and her two grandkids in July! It will be the first time here for her, the last of my four brothers and sisters to visit. We are looking forward to a week of fun and exploring... pictures to follow!  gws

where's ''Waldo' ? (Boothbay Harbor, Maine)

watch out for these guys on the road !

Flagstaff Lake, Eustis, Maine - an hour from home