Freeport, Maine, aka LLBeanland
Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
3Trip End Jul 15, 2010
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Econolodge (Can't Beat $200 For Three Nights!!)
So, we do have Grammy and Papaw with us (Jeff's parents). Actually, with the way Jeff walks, they are behind us...
Freeport is a great city. Despite the outlet-mall foundation, you can travel a few blocks and be in absolute beauty - forest and ocean. We did the LLBean outdoor walk-on adventures (only $20) on Thursday, 7/1, with Sam, Jeff, and Silas doing clay shooting, Melanie and Jamie doing archery, and all of us doing kayaking.
Sam and Silas "shooted" real shotguns and their x-box experience paid off
Melanie and Jamie did great at hitting their targets as well, with only a few shots sailing by...Jamie did one of those arrow-hitting-the-arrow-that-she-just-shot shots.
Kayaking in the Harraseeket river/bay was a excellent time - despite the S.S. Sammy ramming everyone - and we worked up a hunger for a great dinner at the Harraseket Lobster Shack (www.harraseeketlunchandlobster.com) which was outstandingly fresh.
Shopping at LLBean is a great experience, even for the non-shopper. As an LLBean catalog family since the 70's (the Sprouts), it was kind of a pilgrimage. Jeff re-established his relationship with the Blucher moccasin (http://www.llbean.com/llb/search?storeId=1&catalogId=1&langId=-1&init=1&freeText=blucher&Go=) after years of unfaithful purchases of Keen and Teva sandals. He also found the same shirt Melanie bought him in their dating days
On Friday, we had a wonderful day with the most-gracious Betsy Hargrove family at their cabin on Thompson Pond. Betsy is a former Alhambra principal and mom of two girls. Her parents, Dave and Sue, and nieces and nephew were all there. The kids did boat tubing, swimming, kayaking, and we all had a bbq. Jamie and Silas spent the night (who would have thought?!) and became 24-hour pseudo cousins. Thanks Betsy, Sue, and Dave for letting us invade!
We left Freeport for Bar Harbor on Saturday (7/3) and took a beautiful coastal drive. The kids demanded a stop at the Farnsworth museum in Rockland so they could see the Wyeth (N.C., Andrew, and Jamie) galleries. Meanwhile, Melanie, Jeff, Grammy, and Papaw complained and said, "This is boring," and, "Can we go now," along with stomping noisily around the exhibits and generally embarrassing the kids. Finally, Sammy sent them to the car, expressing his frustration for actually paying for their admissions. He was heard saying, "I can't believe how I work so hard and you cannot even let me go to a museum in peace you self-centered, spoiled brats."
Bar Harbor is next...