Freeport, Maine, aka LLBeanland

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Jul 15, 2010

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We began our trip this year without our oldest, Stephen, who is busily preparing for street dramas in cities throughout Europe.  He is in Chicago from 6/26-7/4 and heads to London on 7/5.  Word is that he is playing Jesus and Adam in the dramas.

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.  While they did not have clay zombies, S and S did very well hitting the clay targets flying through the air.  Silas was a master even though the shotgun was about as tall as he is and Sam, of course, kept track of his percentage-kill statistics throughout.

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 ( 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 ( after years of unfaithful purchases of Keen and Teva sandals.  He also found the same shirt Melanie bought him in their dating days.  Needless to say, it was an emotional time...

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...

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Julie Carson on

We had a similar experience with museums in Paris. Mila wanted to see every exhibit and read every detail but Monty and I simply proclaimed that "when we grow up we will not make OUR kids look at things"

Glad to are having such a lovely time! Julie

Mare on

It looks beautiful although I was somewhat worried when I saw a gun in Silas' hand. Just, please, whatever you do, don't let Jamie near one. The lake looks refreshing and cool although we're having a cold snap here at 103 today, so things are not bad. Holdir has started a cat union on the block and is demanding curfew for all dogs. The ferals want removal of all dogs, but Holdir stood his ground as always not letting them anywhere near his property. When do you come back? Are you going to Acadia? Should be great. You probably won't enjoy the hiking there and I expect you'll whine the whole way, but Sammy will surely enjoy every minute. Love, Mare and Luis

Sarah Sehorn on

I love your writing style! But shame on you for not liking the museum and ruining the kids' time!
Have a great trip!!

Little Sister Left At Home on

I'm glad you're having so much fun! It's about time you got some real shoes. I remember you oiling those puppies every night in front of the wood stove. How did you ever get them off your feet?
Sounds like a blast doing all kinds of outdoor stuff - we were happy when it dropped to 90 degrees at 9pm. And seafood - I'm SO jealous! We're looking forward to seeing you.

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