|Another day in fall foliage paradise - Monday, October 6
Today this copy will be mercifully short. We goofed around and didn't get out of the campground until after noon. Then we drove all afternoon and crossed most of Maine. We ended up in Hanford near the New Hampshire border, and just before dark we found a great campground with CATV and WiFi. We spent the evening watching good TV and making this page for y'all.
As you can see from the pictures, the trees are every shade of hot and the skies are cool and cloudy. The combination makes for some eye candy scenery. It can also make it hard to concentrate on the road. In one place we were warned about a steep downgrade ahead. Signs warned over and over, and even offered an alternative route for the faint hearted. I stuck to the road we were on, figuring the perilous ride down would be worth it for the views it would afford.
I was right about that, and glad that we didn’t chicken out and take the other road. The downgrade was only 10 percent, and after the 17 percent grades we went over in Quebec these 10 percent grades seemed quite tame by comparison.
North and central Maine is economically depressed (who isn't these days?) and I haven't seen so many rusty old muscle cars since we were in Anaconda, Montana last year. Housing is pretty grim in some places too. Winters are hard and they take their toll on buildings and vehicles. When there isn't a lot money to fix them up, things can get pretty run down.
Not a lot of opportunity here - mostly logging and work in the occasional paper mill. The most beautiful surroundings don't help if you can't put food on the table. Looking at the economic meltdown it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. We try to look past surface flaws and get to the heart of a place - but sometimes it's hard.
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at New Hampshire.