Friday, June 14, 2013

Lobsters, Blueberries and L.L. Bean

Guess where I am.

I'd never been to Maine before, even though I grew up in Connecticut. I figured that since I was so close and not likely to be driving this way again, I should scoot up to the the Pine Tree State.

I stayed a night in the L.L. Bean RV parking lot in Freeport, which is free and actually quite nice. I really like L.L. Bean and I walked around to look at what was there. There's the Flagship L.L. Bean retail store, of course. There's also an L.L. Bean Hunting and Fishing store.

And an L.L. Bean Home store.

There's also an L.L. Bean Bike, Boat and Skiing store AND an L.L. Bean outlet. I didn't take pictures of all of them. I was just surprised to see so many L.L. Bean stores. And they're huge! There are lots of other stores too and I did a little window shopping, but mostly just went out for the walk. I didn't buy anything. I really don't have room for anything else in my rig.

The next day, I drove in the rain to Acadia National Park. I drove part way around the 27 mile scenic Park Loop, but since it was overcast and raining, I didn't get any pictures worth posting.

The following day was partly sunny, warm and beautiful and I took a walk from the campground to the ocean where I sat on the rocks and enjoyed the view. This isn't a place Brion would like, being on the edge of cliffs and all.

Then I enjoyed the rest of the Park Loop scenic drive. Here are a couple of pictures I took.

This one is from Cadillac Mountain.

I won't bore you with more. Once you've seen one rocky coastline, you've seen them all. It looks a lot like the Oregon coast to me.

I drove through Bar Harbor and parked in the RV parking area they provide and I spent a few hours in town. It's a very scenic and lovely town on the water. There's several blocks of cute, touristy shops and restaurants.

There's also a nice park by the water.

It appears that all of the restaurants and many of the stores sell blueberry stuff - blueberry pies, cakes, soda and all sorts of other things. One store had blueberry everything.

My favorite part of the afternoon was lunch. I didn't have blueberry anything, but I did enjoy the other food for which Maine is famous.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Downtown New Haven

I never fully appreciated the lovely architecture of this town while I was growing up. My niece and I walked around in downtown New Haven earlier this week. Here are a few random shots.

This is part of a Civil War monument in the foreground and a church, built in the 1850's in the background.

I love libraries and Yale University has one of the largest libraries in the country. This is the front of the Sterling Memorial library, completed in 1931.

Just inside the doors here is the Nave.

The stained glass windows and sculptures are magnificent. You can click on the pictures to see more detail.

A couple other random shots taken downtown and around Yale University.

When I was here more than 20 years ago, there were areas of town very near here that were less than desirable. In fact, someone told me it was called "The War Zone". It's been cleaned up a lot since then, which I was glad to see.

Lots of rain here lately, but now that the sun is out, I need to get off the computer and go outside.

Family pictures coming soon (after I take some, that is).

Monday, June 3, 2013

Made it to the east coast

How's this for a beautiful parking spot? I was parked at Julie and Lon's place in Salem, VA.

They call their place "Blessing in the forest" and it's a beautiful, serene location on 17 acres adjacent to national forest. 

It was great spending a couple days with Julie and Lon. I worked for them many years ago in California before they moved to Virginia. It was the best job I've ever had, mainly because of the people there, especially these two.

Julie's mom, Julia, lives in a small apartment they had added to the house. She's 96, plays the piano, sings,  paints and writes and it was truly a pleasure to spend some time with her.  

I'm so glad I made the decision to drive to the east coast and to stop here for a visit. Thanks Julie, Lon and Julia for the wonderful hospitality!