Friday, August 24th:
Well, today we were supposed to go to Acadia, as our previous trip was rained out, but the weather was once again determined to stop my trip, it was raining all day. We relaxed instead and did some laundry, worked on my in-laws website, and hung around. We drove up in the afternoon for some homemade ice cream at Butterfields in Dover-Foxcroft. I ordered moose track ice cream – and got barely any chocolate. The moose are even avoiding me here! Grrrrr.
We went back to the house for some yummy deer meat for dinner. Life is good.
Saturday, August 25th:
Today we take our leave of our thankfully tolerant hosts, my in-laws, and head down to the booming metropolis of Boston, for my morning flight back home. With teary farewells and warm hugs, we went on our way through the foggy and rainy day. Since we were unable to make it up to Bar Harbor/Acadia this trip, we decided instead we would explore Salem on the way to Boston. We got on the road around 9:30, and got to Salem around 1pm. It was a cool town, but there were three different festivals going on at once. There was a church festival, a boat show, and an antique show, so all parking was well taken. We stopped at a park just outside town, reprogrammed the GPS, and decided to get lunch in Boston after all.
We found the Courtyard by Marriott in Revere (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosrv-courtyard-boston-revere-saugus/), and wow, what a mess! Not the hotel itself, but the road it is on. US1 at that point has a fenced median – so turning around means exiting and re-entering the road. Getting to the other side, you need to do the same thing. It’s a mess.
We found a Fuddruckers, which I hadn’t had in a long time, not far from the hotel. We went there for lunch, and relaxed back at the hotel. Jason was driving out early in the morning to bypass New York traffic, so we went to sleep early.
Sunday, August 26th:
End of the road! I got up early and took the airport shuttle, and took my uneventful and delightfully boring flight back home. I had lunch in the Charlotte airport (Quiznos) and was home by 3pm. Throughout both flights up and back, US Airways staff was efficient, friendly, and helpful to me and others.
On the first flight back, I noticed a family was rather split up, so I offered to change my window seat for the mother’s window seat so they could sit together. She thanked me profusely, and made me feel all good inside J
Maine is a beautiful state, but not for those that must have touristy things. Yes, there are plenty of tourist traps on the coast, but there is incredible beauty inland, as well. Get past the mainstream and find the down home in the woods. Search for moose (if only in vain) and find the Indians. Glimpse the rabbits and woodchucks in the hedgerows, sample the little roadside diners, and revel in the natural beauty of ‘vacationland’.
Nova Scotia seems like a different world, a strange marriage of Canada and Scotland. You see doormen with kilts, but speaking with French accents. You see dishes like poutine, chowder, and steak-and-kidney pie on the same menu, and wonder at the rich heritage from which this springs. Glittering bays with dozens of white triangles sailing on the surface, cut by millions of trees. It is truly a wonderful part of the Maritimes, and beautiful beyond words.
This was an unusual vacation for me, as I am used to seeing and doing whatever I can in an area. This vacation had more driving and relaxing than I am used to and it was hard to adjust. My mindset had always been that you can sleep and relax at home, why fly hundreds of miles to do that? But it was nice to relax and watch the sunset at Pictou, or Digby. It was fun watching for moose in the marshes of Moosehead Lake and Greenville. It was great to see the crumbling barns and newly restored Victorian houses along the way.