Monday, October 15, 2012

Maine Squeeze

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In Portland by the sea.

When we left Vermont and headed to Maine it was a grey day with a slight drizzle. It was so nice to just ride along the two of us through the main shoreline with Witt smoking his pipe and the rain on the windshield and to head away from Vermont and onto the next thing. I was tired of sleeping on an air mattress and ready to get to our warm hotel and take a hot shower and watch some hotel TV and relax before walking around the city.

We stopped by the shore and the ocean view was exactly how I pictured Maine; with a sea salty smell in the air and cottages dotting along the coast. 



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We stopped at a little crab shack on some docks and ended up having the most delicious lobster stew and clam chowder. Looking back we both thought it was one of the best meals of the trip, and we ate it sitting at picnic tables on the dock, getting lightly rained on with the wind whipping around the corners and the seagulls shrieking overhead.





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We made it to Portland before our hotel check-in so we walked around in the rain and finally ducked into a tiny local bar near the water to sit in the warmth and have a drink while we waited. At first we stuck out like sore thumbs since it was full of locals, a place where everybody knows your name. But before long we were forgotten at our little table and the accents were strong and the laughter was loud and I liked soaking it in and looking out at the street from the window.






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I loved Portland, it was such a cool city on the water with brick streets and little seafood places tucked into corners. After crashing in the hotel for a few hours we headed out later that night to find something to eat. We ended up at a little tavern just after the dinner crowd had thinned out and the late night crowd was trickling in. We had amazing mussels in a wine cream sauce that was rich with a little spice. I had fish and chips and Witt had a lobster roll and I dipped my fries in the sauce and the waitress said she was afraid to take it away because we might drink it, it was so good.




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The next day we went down to the water in Portland before heading out.




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Witt found a discarded buoy which is now hanging off the side of the little brick house. I think Witt would be right at home living by the sea and I think I could handle eating fresh oysters and lobster all the time. Just saying.


Outside of Portland we found the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse. You had to walk across boulders stretching out across the water to get to it. As we were approaching the wall we crossed paths with an older couple coming back and the man told me that I would wish I'd worn more clothes out there, which I thought was funny since it wasn't that cold. But as soon as I stepped on the rocks it was like the wind had come alive, brisk and cold, the kind that chills right to your bone.




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Another lighthouse we saw was Cape Neddick "Nubble" Lighthouse. It was such a pretty day, perfect for picture taking.





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Portland Head Light. There are so many beautiful lighthouses in Maine, I'd like to go back and see every one of them.





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We headed back down to Massachusetts since we were going to end up in Providence, Rhode Island as the last stop on our trip. We went into Salem which was an interesting town. We went by the water first because the traffic was bad downtown at rush hour.





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We walked around Salem. I think next time it would have been cool to go into the Salem Witch Museum, such a strange time in history. 

We ended up at a water front restaurant. We had such good luck finding places to eat on the trip since we really stumbled onto all of them and we ate so well. I had fried clams and Witt had lobster stew and we also had raw oysters. I will miss that the most about our trip, the food, yes please.






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A historic ship in Salem.





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Ernest Hemingway said, Never go on a trip with anyone you do not love.

I think that's true and if you make it through the long hours of driving and the cold and the walking and getting lost and the little fights and the wonder of new places and you are still by each others side keeping each other warm you might just love them even more by the trips end.

So the last stop on our trip was Providence, Rhode Island. I'll post that soon and then our North trip will be over and Home Sweet Home.

Happy Travels!


To check out the rest of our trip click here:

Baby Let Me Follow You Down- Harper's Ferry

Boston in the Fall

Maine Squeeze- Massachusetts

Last Stop- Rhode Island



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