Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gray, Maine Blueberry Festival 2017

Wild blueberries are a major crop in Maine. They grow on their own, profusely. Enough tons are harvested annually of this little but flavor powered berry that the crop is of significant financial importance to the state.
A neighboring town, Gray, Maine, holds an annual fest in honor of the diminutive fruit . Gray was founded in 1778. The festival is not that old...

Of course there were posters, ice cream and jam. There were slices of homemade pie also but we ate them before I could snap a picture!



Oddly, you could pet a llama or buy a melted wine bottle.


 It is New England so there was the obligatory old firetruck.

And,the blueberry pie eating contest. First you realize your sign board is not big enough for the whole word...

Then it is ready, GO! and the aftermath.




 All in all, it was a great deal of Americana fun.

Only In Maine?

Seriously, stealing crustaceans?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hello Maine

Wow, long time between posts. We are entrenched in our campground in Maine. Kokatosi Camp, in Casco, (or maybe Raymond, ME). We are 4 miles from the family compound. It is my sister and brother-in-laws place on a lovely feeder lake to the greater Sebago Lake water basin. It has been, over the many years, a "compound" like the Bush presidential family have at Kennebunkport, Maine. Well, it is a little less glam but no less beautiful. Our extended family has been drawn here since the purchase 49 years ago. My Sis and Bro in law have been the most gracious of hostess/host for those 49 years as this extended family has been drawn to this place.  Maine is a treasure trove of lovely, fresh water. The lake my sister's cabin is on is spring fed. No river comes in, but one goes out. In the swimming area in the front of the cabin there are half dozen or so springs that come up. You go out to 5 foot depth or so off shore and the water temp fluctuates like crazy as you float or swim by, as the cold water from deep earth makes its way to surface in spots. The clarity is sensational. There are fewer and fewer places on earth like this and it is a treasure. Pristine. We are so happy to be here for an extended time. Living Maine in the summer. It is a wonderful treat and a fine place to begin the closure to our 2.5 year full time adventure with our RV, "Vilia". Amazing to us we began this journey July 2015, leaving our home of 30 years in St Helena, CA and wandering off to see a great part of this superb USA.
I have said in prior posts, but the one top takeaway from our journey is the RV difference of visiting places via car, motel, etc.,  versus  living them due to the fact, in your RV,  you bring your home with you.
No unpack/repack, wardrobe is in our closet, fridge with your own food, kitchen at hand. TV brings in local TV feeds via cable at camp or our satellite TV receiver.
So here we are, at home, in Casco, ME, spending most every day at the lake cabin.
Maine, in my youth, had the slogan of, "Vacationland For All".  Maybe too many people showed up but some years ago they changed it to, "Life As It Should Be". I love it this time of year. But, come January I'm thinking maybe " life as it should be" should be somewhere south.
Oh, but it is so fine now.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Canasta

Favorite activity with C & B....Look forward to more in Maine this summer...two of my favorite peeps!!!

Mahoneys

Dinner with Mahoneys...Thanks Deb for a delicious meal!!!







Pink Flamingo house...

On Isle de Palmes....why do I feel like I need a  pepto-bismal??


Fort Sumter...

Start of Civil War....That is the actual flag that flew in 1861...



Charming Charleston....

On a carriage ride in downtown...



Charleston Welcome

A nice welcome from Bill and Cinnie....Look forward to spending more time with these folks s we are all Southerners now!!


Visiting Chareston...

Home of Cinnie and Bill and Debbie Mahoney and family....all recent transplants from New England...

Lobster In The Logo

Our current camp. The lobster is everywhere  in Maine. I think locals might use it as currency...
McDonalds here sells a lobster roll sandwich. Seriously.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Bit Of Charleston

Charleston, SC is a great strolling town with its parks and squares and lovely homes along with a riverfront...and great restaurants....feel like we are eating our way across the USA....but this old traditional restaurant was stellar...The Olde Pink House.



Lake Jordan Open Water Swim in NC

Serious swim in the Savannah River.....trying out my new wetsuit for the above swim.....coming up in May


Silliness

Total silliness

Savannah GA

Fresh fresh seafood....yum....in a very quaint setting...Bob had a monster lunch!






Rest and Relaxation at Campground


Grand Dining Room in Jekyll Island Hotel

Lived up to its name!!




Cumberland Island GA

So glad we are saving these glorious places as undeveloped ...Ruins of family mansion of Andrew Carnegie Jr....late 1800s..had 14 children.


en and lived there full time....great bike ride!

Bird Sanctuary

So many songbirds...our campground has its own bird sanctuary.....love the proud robin....