Our time in Maine has been wonderful! The colors are really starting to come alive, although still not fully. Soon we'll drive up to northern Maine where we think the colors will be more vibrant right now. However, there are still spots in southern Maine where I just say "WOW!"
J: We've gone on three shopping sprees in Freeport, mostly at L. L. Bean. I learned that L. L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood Bean, who I assume is the creator of Beans. I have never found a pair of jeans that fit me better than the ones I found at Beans, so I bought a few pairs. Also got some shirts and a new pair of shoes. Woohoo! Spending money like I have it...
J: On October 1st we went to the Patriots vs. Panthers game. Sadly, they lost :-( Boohoo. The whole experience, however, was great! We got to the stadium early so we had sushi and looked around the ProShop where I bought a few things (money really does grow on trees here!!!). We were sitting in great seats, view-wise. Right on the 50 yard line, up high, on the home side (also the sunny side!). However, we were sitting next to some guys who've had season tickets for 35 years... man, I thought I was upset when the Pats lost. We got to see and hear some authentic Boston charm from those guys.
W: I took the picture of Joel in the stands to give an idea of how far up we were. Just a few more rows and we'd be at the very top. The next picture, looking across, gives perspective - imagine us just a few rows down from the very top. At least we were center field.
J: We had a nice hike with Ron and his dog Molly the other day. A short hike, but pretty steep. We could see way out over the water, which was surrounded by trees... just beautiful!
W: Patriots logos are everywhere in Maine, as Joel has already mentioned, but I was still pleased to have it on my Dunkin Donuts cup. :-) Ron is my very good friend from high school. He lives in a house right on the point of a lake, which he has named "Camp 365" and for good reason. It's a beautiful spot. We had to choose to kayak or hike on this particular day, but there weren't enough life jackets to go on the lake so we opted for the hike. Molly, his dog, is one of the coolest dogs I've ever met. She always rides perfectly in the car, and she's so pretty! She loved Joel. :-)
J: Evenings and nights at Mark's and Rob's are so much fun! Swimming (yes, I went in twice while here), eating, drinking, Will and Grace, chatting.... it's all been great! They recommended that we try this place downtown called "Portland Pie", which is a pizza place. We did, and we took them along with us! The pizza was good, but my taste buds were not working properly :( :( :( I didn't get the full blown flavor of it all, but what I could taste was really good.
W: I really can't believe how great the weather has been here. It's been sunny and warm(ish) every day, which means we feel compelled to go outside and see things. One day we went to Fort Popham and Popham beach. The fort is really cool to explore (and free), and so is the beach. Last time we were here there were seals in the water, but not this time. Some people were in the water but it was too cold for Joel to do more than dip his feet in briefly. We found the little crab "sunning" on a rock - but it turned out he wasn't sunning, he was dead. :-(. In the picture with the fort below, you can see a house on the right side. It actually sits on an island completely inaccessible except by water. Wouldn't that be awesome?!
W: Heather and I grew up across the street from each other and were BFFs as kids. We met up with her at The Depot (a popular local bar in Gardiner) for a fantastic visit. All of these visits with friends make me aware of how much I miss everyone here.