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Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 01, 2012

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Where I stayed
Pemaquid Poinr Campground
What I did
L.L. Bean

Flag of United States  , Maine
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

After the large feast of the night before, there was no rush to get up and going in the morning and yet, Tim and Pete had promised bacon, egg and cheese breakfast burritos for breakfast, so we managed to make it from the campground to the house by 9am. Once there, we began frying bacon and cracking and beating eggs until before long, the burritos were flying out of the kitchen and all members of the reunion were fed and contented. What followed was basic hang out time with all the cousins playing a game of 'Uno' that lasted for nearly two hours and Eli and Lily were quite happily in the midst of their cousins and reveling in the attention of their older relatives. Not long before lunch the older cousins came to Jess and Tim to ask if it was ok if they took Lily and Eli out for a cousins' lunch. This offer was happily accepted and so Jess, Tim and Pete took advantage of the opportunity to go for a run, without kids, to Freeport, that famous outlet shopping center in Maine that arose and continues to swell and grow based on the draw of L.L. Bean. This outdoor store that was started by Leon Leonwood Bean when he designed the 'Bean Boot' a boot with a rubber bottom and leather top that was purpose built for the Maine environment has drawn tourists to this little town just North of Portland, Maine for many generations now. It also has the unique characteristic of allowing anyone at anytime to return any item that they had bought (even when worn out and threadbare) for a full cash refund. This was a policy that was taken up by many a college student when their cash had run out at the end of the year and they returned all of their xmas presents for money for drink!!!! 
Anyway, while Eli and Lily were enjoying a lunch out with their older cousins whom they clearly idolized (it appeared the feeling was mutual), we went with Uncle Pete for an explore of L.L. Bean, a quick walk around Freeport, and most importantly (in Tim's eyes of course as he had been holding back for the past several weeks) we went to Gritty McDuff's for lunch. Gritty's is a local brewpub and when Tim started his teaching career in Maine in 1995, Gritty's was a favorite destination with his best friend, Brett. Together they joined the Gritty's 'mug club' which meant they had their own special mug hanging on a hook over the bar and received discount drinks whenever they came to hang out. Many a purchase was made at L.L. Bean in those days on the back of a session at Gritty's and a midnight wander of the famous store (L.L. Bean is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). I am sad to admit that some of those purchases did get returned in the sober light of day!!!!!Anyway, we had a lovely lunch in Freeport, enjoyed the time off, the kids loved their time with the older cousins and we all met up back at the house just in time for a lovely shrimp and grits dinner prepared by Ben and Sarah. We enjoyed the great food which included banana pudding for dessert and then we retired to our campground for another cool night's sleep in the tent.
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