Home again

We arrived home in the early afternoon, glad to find the house still in working order and surprisingly clean. I had expected lots of dust, but apparently this place is tight because it looks as good as it did the day we left. Just wish I could say the same for the yard!

The highlighted yellow lines on this map display our journey of 7,000 miles, which included 22 diesel fuel fill-ups, sightings of 1 bear, 1 moose, 3 foxes, a few beavers, and millions of birds. We shot 224 video clips and over 2500 photographs, destroyed three maps, and spent too much $! Keep in mind that Newfoundland is reduced to fit this map page. At 111,390 sq km, it is approximately equal to the total area of the other Maritime Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island) combined.

Taking everything into account, spending three months in a rolling tin can provided an extremely gratifying experience. I hope you enjoyed my blog posts. Stay tuned for future adventures!

Back to civilization…?

Nice drive in light traffic south on Route 1 through several charming seaside villages. We stopped at Cabelas in Scarborough for a free pumpout. We went through the store, but purchased nothing. I’ve never seen so much camouflage or so many guns in one place in my life!

Traffic through Southern Maine, into New Hampshire, and around Boston was pretty intense, but my driver handled it all with ease. We’re not in Newfoundland anymore – that’s for sure!

We arrived at Buzz and Marnie’s in Marlborough, Massachusetts in time to observe the first couple of steps in their home winemaking process.

We had a nice visit and a good sleep during our last night aboard haRVy (for a while at least).

Intermittent rain and cool. Rockland, Maine to Marlborough, MA. 220 miles

Rockland ramble

Today we leisurely walked all around Rockland exploring the various shops, museums, galleries, boatyards, and having a light lunch out across from the harbor.

Tonight we had another great home-cooked meal with our hosts and their friends. Al showed some of his videos from the trip to a seemingly appreciative audience.

Tomorrow we start on the next-to-last leg of our journey to spend our last night where we stayed on the first, at Buzz and Marnie’s house in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Mostly cloudy and cool. ZERO miles

Sunny Mid-Coast Maine

We had a lovely drive off the Castine Peninsula this morning under brilliant sunny skies even though the foliage is a bit more muted and further along here.

In Bucksport we went up in the bridge observatory high above the Penobscot River for a panoramic view of the area. Afterwards we toured Fort Knox (no, not the one with the gold, that’s in Kentucky), which is a very well preserved and quite interesting.

We stopped in Camden for an ice cream cone and walkabout before continuing on to our next rest stop at Jeanne & Peter’s house in Rockland. We arrived in time to have a bit of a visit before their neighbors, MaryEllen and Steve graciously invited us to join them for a delicious and convivial dinner.

We camped in the driveway under a beautiful old willow tree, the branches of which swayed above our skylight.

Sunny and cool. Castine to Rockland, Maine. 66 miles

Casting about in Castine

Happy to have a place to call home for a couple of days, we hung out at Lauri and Doug’s in lovely Castine today. This morning we walked over to the Maine Maritime Academy for Sunday Brunch. Just couldn’t pass it up at just $6 per person.

Another walk around town took us to lunch at BAH’s Bakery, a cute little spot we tried last time we visited, which specializes in homemade healthful delights. The apple-fennel slaw was to die for. We did a little gallery gawking and shopping to complete our town tour.

Back at the cottage we relaxed, took showers, did laundry, got caught up online and enjoyed the pleasures of having a house to lounge around in. We took Doug out to dinner at the local wharf restaurant.

Three meals out made today feel like a real vacation day – no food prep, no cooking and no dish washing!

Sorry I didn’t take any photos today. We shot all the highlights when we visited last summer.

Cool and mostly cloudy. Castine, Maine. ZERO miles

On to the coast

Morning visitors…gobble gobble

Jim gave me a tour of their vegetable garden as well as their extensive Christmas gift shop before we departed this morning. Last year they made and sold 5,775 wreaths! Here’s a couple more photos from the tree farm.

Narrow country roads with colorful leaves falling all around created a quintessential New England Autumn scene as we proceeded down Route 1A to the coast.

We hiked around and had lunch at Fort Point State Park near Stockton Springs and spent a pleasant afternoon touring the Penobscot Maritime Marine in Searsport.

It really wasn’t as cold and miserable as it looks here

While trying to decide where to spend the night, we realized that Lauri and Doug’s summer cottage in Castine was just an hour away. We gave them a call while on our way to make sure their driveway was available and found out that Doug was on his way over from Vermont. We got there just before a heavy rain began to fall. Doug arrived about an hour after us and we had a nice visit over tea in haRVy.

Foggy morning, partly sunny afternoon, rainy evening, warm. Newburgh to Castine, Maine. 70 miles

Wandering northern Maine

It rained a lot last night, but at least it was considerably warmer than the night before when temps got down to 39F degrees. We are grateful for our programmable diesel cabin heater, that’s for sure!

This morning it was a bit drier but still cloudy and gray with some fog so the foliage colors are a bit muted.

We made our way south on Route 95 for about an hour, but the monotony got to us so we exited onto a secondary road near Old Town (home of Old Town Canoe Company) where we had lunch next to the river.

The sun returned around 1:30 and it turned into a beautiful afternoon, warm enough to put my flip flops on again, which always makes me happy.

In Bangor we spent some time at Tim Hortons to update this blog and check email. The traffic, noise and confusion of this larger-than-expected city soon rattled our nerves. Luckily we had arranged a quiet campsite at Piper Mountain Christmas Tree Farm just twenty miles away in Newburgh. The several country roads we drove to get here brought us deeper into the beautiful foliage we’d been admiring from afar. It is a beautiful spot and for sale, if you happen to know anyone interested in purchasing a large home, acres of trees, and an historic cemetery. You can order their Christmas trees, wreaths, and gifts at http://www.countryspicechristmas.com.

Good ol’ farm truck – gotta have one

Our gracious Escapee hosts, Jim and Norma Corliss moved here in 1968 where they raised five children. Jim was anxious to hear about our travels in Newfoundland as he hopes they can take an RV trip there someday too.

This incredible property is for sale

Cloudy and cool morning. Sunny and warm afternoon and early evening. Island Falls to Newburgh, Maine. 123 miles