On to Maine and points beyond
Trip Start Sep 23, 2011
5Trip End Nov 06, 2011
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We leave our great stay at Newburyport and move on to Maine. Our first stop is at the state capitol-Augusta, where we stay with our old friends-the Ilers. We stay with Heather Iler and her friend Joe at their lakeview property. Heather's daughter Gail is with us for 2 days. We (well, not Quinci) have been friends all the way back to the mid to late 70s when we hung out at their Flathead lake home---back then we were all known as the Polson Surfing Association but that is another story. Heather is 80 and still so full of life and stories, that it is hard to leave. But I must tell one story-Heather was married to her first husband who had a nice sports car while Heather had a station wagon to haul her kids around
We had a great stay but Sunday morning we head for the long anticipated Acadia National Park (at least anticipated by me). At long last we get to camp out. The park is huge and full of fall colors, beautiful harbors, and great hikes. We do as much as possible in the two days we are there, including a couple nights of campfires. To dampen the impact of sleeping on the ground in our tent for Quinci, I have bought a movie about Las Vegas and we watch it on our tent on the computer-part one night and the rest on night two-we really roughed it in the great outdoors. The second morning I get up around 5:30am so that I can take some pictures of the sunrise. I make it just in time to one of the harbors and even though there are no clouds to defuse the rising sun, the pictures turn out pretty good
Did I mention that everywhere we go in the east coast, their are Dunkin Donuts....and I mean everywhere. Starbucks are in some places but they must have a Dunkin Donut on each block of each city. We take advantage of them each morning with hot chocolate and a donut.
We move on to Boston. Staying at a cheaper out of the city motel, we take the subway into town each morning (just as we did in Chicago). We buy tickets for the on and off bus and what a great time and view of the city. We eat at the Quincy market near the piers. Time for a short quiz--we buy a Charlie card for the subway that gives us a cheaper per ride value. Question-Why do they call it the Charlie card---hint--it has something to do with Larry Sullivan's favorite group the Kingston Trio. Next door to our motel is a huge bowling alley...we go there for dinner and find one of the best values for a meal that we have had but more importantly for Quinci, they have Keno and it is statewide so the wins pay big....except we had no real wins....wah....
We decide to get a drink on the 52nd floor of the Prudential building---mainly for the view and what a view it is
As we leave Boston for Cape Cod, our GPS (named June) acts up and we get seriously lost--and June gets called many names other than June. But finally we make it to Cape Cod, home of the Kennedys, great clam chowder, and yet another camping spot at Super 8. We drive down the shores of the cape, have a great dinner at a local sports bar and walk Hyannis where I took the picture of the statute of Kennedy that you see.
Then it is time to drive to Salem for the witch trials....kidding (that was back in 1692 and a horrendous time in American history). There are thousands of people that are there for a pre-halloween celebration. They tell us on our tour that upwards of 100,000 people show up for the final celebration on Halloween. We have a great time and a band is playing that is a Beatle cover band so you know where I spent my time...they were darn good too. Now it is on to Woodstock, NY.