Down East - Late Summer 2011 travel blog

the group

near the coast



passing by

fishing shack

The Road Scholar digital photography class met briefly after breakfast for a final viewing and critique session. After applause for the staff and hugs all around we had to return to the state park by 11am to vacate our campsite. We had just enough time to stop by to admire Susan's Winnebago. She listens to our RV podcast which we often end with a tag line about staying "at a campground near you." She was surprised to see that she not only was in a campground near us; she was at our campground. We were glad that she tracked us down, but sorry that we did not have more time to visit. We were glad that Charlie and Polly had a chance to see the immaculate four year old rig she had found for sale used on the Internet. Perhaps all its features and its good gas mileage may motivate them to buy something similar and join us on the road.

We took Highway 1 mostly north up the coast three hours to Eastport, the spot where Charlie and Polly will take a bread making class with Road Scholar next week. Although the route appeared to follow the coast, Maine has so many fingers and inlets, every curve of the road revealed a beautiful surprise. We try very hard never to travel on Labor Day weekend, but we are so far from major metropolitan areas, there was little traffic.

We are camped in a gorgeous spot right on the water so close to the border that our cell phone connects to the tower on the Canadian island across the bay. We're hoping that no one calls - could be big bucks. Although the Salmon Festival is scheduled for this holiday weekend and there are some tourist sites to see, we can imagine ourselves being quite content just sitting on a lawn chair at our site, looking out over the bright blue water, boat traffic and the heavily forested islands.

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