J: As you'll read in Wendy's last entry below, the last week of vacation was spent visiting friends. Now, the following photo isn't meant to freak anyone out, but the people, sights, smells, and good times I experience every time I visit Maine make me feel at "home." I saw this t-shirt in a store in Freeport and had to pick one up.
J: Below are a few pictures I did not have a chance to upload while on the road. They are from various points of the vacation.
A double mimosa from Sunday brunch at "Sea Dog's."
Our trusty Prius. 8,350 miles total for the trip. Averaged 50 mpg the whole way. $82 in gas to Michigan and $142 in gas from Maine to Arizona.
The old paper mill in Brunswick. These days it is home to a variety of businesses, including a pretty good Thai restaurant.
Now this is how you enjoy vacation!
W: After returning from Jackman, we had a pretty full week. Much of our time in Maine was spent with our good friends Mark and Rob (far right in the picture below). Though neither Joel nor I tend to drink very often (or very much), Mark kept the margaritas flowing whenever we were at his house. On this particular evening, we were joined by my high school classmate, Ron (second from the left), and his husband, Ken. Rounding out the party was Diane, a hilarious and wonderful woman we met through Mark. The evening was filled with laughter and I'm sure we will be talking about "the book" for years to come ("Are you mad?", "Wait, let me get a picture for the book..."). I'm amused by this picture because Rob and Joel were looking right at me, while everyone else was oblivious as they focused on whatever story Mark was telling.
W: On another night, we had a second dinner with John and Dee. John was also a classmate of mine in high school (first love, really, but that was 35+ *cough* years ago). John and Dee are engaged to be married next year, and I'm so happy for their happiness!
W: On a side note, at our dinner with John and Dee I had the prettiest sushi I've ever eaten (and yes, it was good).
W: It was a busy last week for sure. On this night I met up with three classmates. Patti lived on my street and we shared a bus stop from the time we were five until I moved to a different school as a sophomore. She and her husband Barry, along with Peter and Mike and Mike's wife, Vicki, joined me and Joel for dinner. I really enjoyed spending time with all of them and catching up.
W: We spent another of our final days in Maine with my friend Ron (and his animals, haha). Joel tried out Ron's inversion chair, with Molly's assistance, but wasn't a fan of the feeling of having his blood rush into his head. Chapps (Chapperdoo) the cat had a much more relaxing effect.
Ron lives on a lake, a gorgeous spot on a point, and as we walked around the property enjoying the weather and the views, he took Molly out in the canoe so we could see that she's not only a perfect passenger in the car, but in the boat as well.
W: I took a ridiculous amount of foliage pictures (and a few other sights) and rather than boring everyone with them, I've decided to post them all last so you can browse as few or as many as you'd like to see. Some of them are pretty spectacular.