Giant Boot, Lobster Rolls, Cool Bridge, and an Inn

Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
Trip End Aug 08, 2009

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Oceanside Meadows Inn

Flag of United States  , Maine
Sunday, August 2, 2009

We were up and excited to get on the road this morning.  Our first stop was the L.L.Bean Flagship store in Freeport, ME.  We had noticed that the pj's that Sarah brought were quite outgrown, so we just had to do some shopping.  Katie was actually excited about this.  She picked up a cute cashmere scarf (that she wore through most of the trip), a stuffed lobster for herself and one for her little sis from Pep Squad, and a chocolate puffin.  Sarah bought a chocolate moose.  I got Sarah some new pj's and a wind breaker.  Matt bought himself a new t-shirt.  I, amazingly, did not buy a thing for myself!

We took a picture of the big boot outside of the store, but Sarah had to be the comedienne.  She caused several of the other tourists there to snap her picture because of her creative pose.

It was getting to be lunch time and we were headed to Wiscasset, ME to Red's Eats for our first taste of Maine lobster.  Oh, my goodness!  Talk about delicious!  We ordered lobster rolls all around and the best onion rings I've ever had in my life...alas, I dropped the last one on the ground and was extremely tempted to enact the 5 second rule, but lots of people had their dogs with them on the deck and I didn't risk it.  We also ordered our first whoopie pies...these were tasty, but a better version was to come later in the week.

Matt was interested in seeing the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.  We were all impressed by this one.  I later learned that we should have turned around and looked at the rocks for a natural seam in the cliff that looks like a human footprint.

The scenery continued to soften into deep forests and coastline as we approached our B&B.  The weather was quite misty and foggy.  The manager at the Inn gave us an overview of the property and local haunts and was not optomistic about the weather...they had been having a very uncooperative summer weather wise.

We headed out to explore the grounds and take a quick little hike on the salamander trail.  It didn't take us very long to realize that we neglected to load up on insect repellant and rushed back for a good spray...then we took the walk.  It was soggy and not much to see.  I took some pictures of wildflowers along the way, but did not see a single salamander.  There was another trail, going back to the salt marsh, but we never made the time to go and see what was back there (probably that moose that I never got to see).

We decided to go for a drive over to the Schoodic Pennisula section of Acadia National Park.  It was very foggy and drizzling rain.  It was also quite chilly...remember we have been in Texas for a long time and our blood has thinned.  Any temp under 60 degrees is chilly to us!

Our dinner destination was the Fisherman's Inn at Winter Harbor.  It could have been the weather that influenced our decision, but here we ate the best clam chowder and lobster bisque on the trip!  The girls split a full order of fried clams (with the bellies), Matt had a haddock special, and I had the lobster bisque and an order of very thin, crispy onion rings.  The meal was delicious and we planned on coming  back to this restaurant later in the trip.
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