Maine Vacation – Part One

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We just got back from 8 glorious days in Maine.  It was the perfect trip.  Everything was just as planned, and we enjoyed every minute.  One of the things I particularly enjoyed was the abundance of flowers.  Flowers everywhere.  These were at the hotel we stayed at the second night.  More scenes from that spot in a little bit.

We started in Freeport.  The hotel there was the Holiday Inn Express.  It was a Holiday Inn Express.  What more can I say?  Well…the staff was extremely friendly, and the free breakfast the next morning was probably the best I’ve ever had of that type.  I tried to get us back in for our last night in Maine, but alas…they were full.

We found a place on the water for dinner.  I had done my research and came up with Haraseeket Lunch and Lobster, and when a native Maine friend recommended the same place, we set out to find it.   It was just right.  It’s where Jack had his first real taste of Maine in the form of a lobster roll.

 

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The next day we were off to LL Bean.  We came away with a  pair of these boots!  Maybe not quite this big, but Bean Boots, nonetheless.

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Then we were off to a class in sporting clays.  That was terrific!  LL Bean offers a lot of classes in many different outdoor activities.  If you’re ever in the area, check it out.  They’re reasonably priced and lots of fun.  The teachers clearly knew their stuff, and although it was raining pretty hard, we really had a great time.  I shot very well and, unfortunately, still have a bruised shoulder to prove it.  One really should shoot more than once every forty years or so!

 

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After spending a little more money at LL Bean, we were off onto the next adventure.  We had reservations on a sailing ship, the Surprise, out of Camden.  There were no rooms in Camden, so we stayed Ledges by the Bay in Rockport.  It was small and right on the water.  Nothing fancy…but clean and comfortable – and the views can’t be beat.  The title photo is from The Ledges.    Here are some other shots.  I loved this spot!   The thick fog just added to the coastal ambience.

 

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Then, it was on to Camden.  The weather was still gray at best and foggy at worst.  But, we enjoyed the day nevertheless.  We had reservations for a sailing cruise on the schooner Surprise.  We had time to grab a quick lunch and do some people watching in the harbor.  Then we had two hours on the boat.  Jack got to play with the sails a little, and we both enjoyed the peace and quiet on the water.

 

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I’m going to break this trip into at least two posts so it doesn’t take so long to load.  Maybe 3.  We’ll see.  From here we’re on to Bar Harbor where we had a VERY full two days.  We could have easily spent a full week there.

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