Ducks and Dead Poets

Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
Trip End Sep 05, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Friday, September 1, 2006

We woke up and after getting all of our stuff together, went to find a place to eat lunch. I fell down the stairs as we were checking out, causing much laughter. Where's the concern for my well being?! Anyway, after the show, we went to downtown Portland and ate in a café. Roman had multiple problems with his order, but they finally got it right. I had zero problems, and was very entertained by the waiter trying to get the order correct. We then decided to take the duck tour of downtown. We walked down to the peer, and found the tour. It was very informative, although I could have done without the stupid tour guide jokes. For example, I learned the difference between a male and female lobster. I also learned how one measures a lobster and that it is illegal to trap a female. Interestingly enough, Portland also has statues of Dead Poets, so I took a picture of William Wordsworth just for you Mary. I also learned that Portland is one of the northernmost ice free ports, making it very attractive for trade with Canada. Overall the duck tour was good, and we saw a lot of Portland in a short period of time.

We then proceeded to the amusement park north of town. We got there and the biggest roller coaster looked like it might rival the Junior Gemini at Cedar Point. That's correct, the JUNIOR Gemini. We decided it wasn't worth it, so we headed back downtown to eat dinner at the brewery. After more poor navigating by me, we were very lost, the brewery nowhere in sight. To this day I maintain that the map was wrong. Rather than sort out the directions just to go to a brewery, we decided to head north to Freeport and THE LL Bean store.

This turned out to be one of the highlights for me. Freeport is a small downtown area that is made up of outlet stores, including LL Bean, which is open 24 hours, and the LL Bean Outlet. I got a backpack at LL Bean and resisted the urge to buy the monogrammed bag for Elizabeth Richer. It was cute, and on sale, but I resisted. I then fought off shopper hysteria at the Patagonia store, where everything was half off. I just tried to get out of the way. Went to a few other stores, as well, and then settled down to eat. We went to a homey place, and had a lobster roll and blueberry pie. The pie was actually amazing, because it wasn't all sugary gelatinous like store bought fruit pies.

After dinner we set out on our way to Bingham Maine. We were told that this is in the middle of nowhere and they were right. This time I did an excellent job of navigating, even overcoming the obstacles of renumbered exits and a detour in the one city we passed through. The only difficulty came when we arrived in Bingham and weren't exactly sure where the B&B was. We stopped at a gas station for some beverages, and asked the girl. Sure enough, it was about a ¼ further. Vicki left candles burning for us, which was nice.
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