Lobster time!!

Trip Start Sep 12, 2011
Trip End Nov 21, 2011

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

We took a few days to wind our way through Vermont and New Hampshire where the foliage was not quite at peak so I was beginnning to be a little disappointed in that.  Scenic Route 7 took us about half way up Vermont then we cut east on Route 4.  Little did we know that route would take us through river valleys that were so destroyed by the recent flooding.  We saw many houses destroyed, historic covered bridges damaged beyond repair, and one covered bridge that dated back to 1800 completely ripped out and washed down the river. 

Cars were washed all over the place and one entire little berg, Bridgewater, Vermont was completely destroyed.  It was a very sobering experience.  Saw so many signs asking for flood relief volunteers and many, many people at work trying to salvage what was left of their stuff. 

The weather has been glorious and again the countryside with the big farms, huge old houses and inns and the colorful trees has had me gawking the entire route!  We even had to stop and wander through a couple of old cemetarys--gravestones back to the 1700s. 

It's hard to believe that we have been in shorts and tank tops for days and have been warm trying to sleep at night and it's nearly mid-October!!

We are finally in Maine on Sunday night and Ike is getting very excited about going to have a lobster!!  Have to find a place to camp at nearly the first town across the southern border of Maine--we get registered at the camp, don't even hook up or anything, just head to the restaurant that the lady in the camp office told us about to get our lobster fix!!  We were not disappointed, but Ike says he still has to head to Georgetown, Maine to try a lobster there because some guy on the food channel on TV said that was the best place.

So glad we have decided to head to Georgetown because we are driving up the coastal route and I had no idea that southern Maine is so absolutely beautiful.  Maybe the fact that it's 86 degrees and the beaches are packed with people just like summertime, and the leaves have taken a dramatic turn in just the last 24 hours has an impact on our day.   


No matter the cause, we had another perfect drive and it took us all day to get from the southern tip of Maine to Portland, a distance of a whopping   52 miles if we were on freeway!!  Had to stop in Portland along the waterfront and enjoy the last of the sun, and we were starving!--so an outside cafe, cold local microbrew "blueberry beer", lobster roll and live music really hit the spot!!

Today it is up the coast to Georgetown, then we will turn around and head south for New York City for a few days.  Don't know how long the weather will hold out for us, but we're going to push it all the way!!
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