2018 Canada Trip travel blog

New Hampshire Capitol Building

Representative chamber

Today was a beautiful day to travel. We packed and checked out and we were on the road by 8:00. We traveled down Route 1 which passed through many scenic areas and villages, crossing rivers, and passing along the coastal waters. Route 1 never had the speed limit go over 55 MPH, and most of the time you were doing 45, 30, or 25 MPH through the towns and villages.

We arrived in Thomaston, Maine to visit the Maine State Prison Showroom. My family would stop here back in the 1960s on our way to Canada. They have wood products displayed that are handcrafted by the inmates. Some of the items include cutting boards, bureaus, coffee tables, end tables, bookcases, jelly cupboards and stools, woodcarvings and wood burnings. The people running the store are actually inmates learning new skills. I bought a ship model for the HMS library.

Our next stop was the L.L.Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine. It has become quite the complex compared to what I remember from our family visits back when. Now the town is a Mecca for high end outlets. Jean looked for a special style of shorts, but it is the wrong season. They were in the sale section, but Alastair her sizes were not available. We then visited the luggage section to buy her a new suitcase. Her red suitcase fell apart during this vacation. We ended up purchasing a smaller version of my blue soft-sided luggage. Now we have matching luggage.

We ate a small lunch in the 1912 Cafe in the L.L. Bean store. We both had a soup, and I had a Hen & Penny wrap (play on Ben & Jerry) that was roasted turkey, artichoke hearts, goat cheese with lettuce and sundries tomatoes. It was quite tasty.

We then pushed along the interstate roads with speed limits of 70 MPH and in NH, 65 MPH and went over to Concord, N.H. to see the State Capitol. We entered the building expecting to go through security, but there was none (they must believe very much in the state motto - Live Free or Die). The guard at the security desk directed us over to the visitor center. We picked up the self-guided tour flyer and walked throughout the three floors. Afterwards there was a small street fair going on, so we walked over and looked around.

On the way down Route 3 to our hotel for today and tomorrow, it was about 5:00 and traffic was heavy north bound, so I said it would be a good idea to eat dinner now before hitting the hotel and have to go back through the heavy traffic. So we saw a Ninety-Nine Restaurant & Pub and stopped to eat. What a popular place! Ninety-Nine is a Northeast restaurant chain with about 100 restaurant locations, most of them in Massachusetts. Personally, never heard of it. Reminded me of a Houlihan's.

A sign on the door said that "Kids eat free the day after a Red Sox win." Since I'm not a kid and I don't care about the Red Sox, I had the lobster roll 3-course dinner they had just started today. I chose the salad, buttered lobster and the key lime pie mini desert for $19.99. Good price. Usually a lobster roll costs about $16.00 or $17.00 alone. Jean had a small sirloin with mushrooms entrée which she finished. She then had a hot fudge sundae for her dessert.

We found the Fairfield Inn & Suites I had booked Wednesday, and settled in for the evening. Tomorrow is supposed to be a rainy day, but it will not deter us from the three places we want to see tomorrow.'

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