We made it to Family and Friends Campsites on July 17th. My moms bright shiny smiling face meeting us at the gate! After checking in at the office we drove to the site and set up camp. We had a relaxing evening of catching up. Phillip and I taught Mom and Craig 9 Square and even got them walking on the slack line!
The next day we ate out at a local eatery called Gilbert’s where I had the first of my Lobster Binge Out! I had a lobster BLT that came with fried pickles and some seafood chowder. We then ran a few errands before heading back and relaxing. That evening was the Annual Pig Roast at Family and Friends. Its a pot luck and the campground hosts roast the pig. Everything was yummy! After an evening of drinking wine and playing Tsuro we hit the hay.
On Sunday we all packed up camp and headed to breakfast. Lobster Binge Out number 2! I had lobster Benedict and hash browns! So yummy! Cute little place too. Along the way to our next campsite we stopped in at Ebinezers Brew Pub/Lively Brewing in Brunswick, ME. After trying a flight of their beer we ended up getting 2 growlers. One with the Love Bug which is a Belgian Blonde and the second we filled with Brunswick Mum which is a Schwarzbier.
Once on the road again we headed for South Thomaston. We arrived at Lobster Buoy Campsites at about 4pm. We where about 100 feet from the water and could see small islands, gorgeous!
Monday we pretty much relaxed all day, which was very much needed! Tuesday we went into town and ate at Rockland Cafe where Lobster Binge Out number 3 happened! I had a lobster dinner for $11.99! Same dinner in Carlsbad at Kings is $35! After lunch we walked around town and checked out some cute shops, buying souvenirs and things for Drama. There was a cute little independent pet shop across from the Rockland Cafe. They had 5 new little kittens! So cute! It was fun seeing my mom interact with them because we’d never had kittens growing up. We got drama some biodegradable poo bags that had a lavender scent. They have been amazing! My least favorite thing about picking up her poo is having to smell it, these bags solve that problem! Ahh the things that excite you when you get older! She had her first ever dried cod skin treat too! Boy did that smell awful while she gobbled it down!
That evening mom made us peach pies in cast iron sandwich presses over the fire! Yum!
Wednesday I made mala beads for mom while we relaxed and Phillip worked his half day. Once he was through we went to the Owl’s Head Lighthouse. There was a gravesite nearby that was for “Spot” the lighthouse dog. Not much story there other than he was the lighthouse dog! Cute none the less though!
Thursday, mom and I made baskets. Mine came out kind of janky due to a faulty pattern. Mom was disappointed and so said she’d help me make another at some point! She also introduced me to a sangria flavored black tea! YUM! Phillip took off to find a better signal. One of his spots was on the side of the road. He told us that it was nice to hear birds and the breeze in the forest around him. Later Phillip and I took the kayaks out that afternoon and paddled around a couple of small islands within the jagged coastline. There were herons, seagulls, osprey, terns and even an eagle out there! The osprey had an enormous nest at the top of a tree on one of the islands. We could see it pretty good using Phillip’s binoculars from our campsite. The terns were really fun to watch. They fly around and then dive in the water catching tiny eel shaped fishes. The most amazing bird sighting was definitely the eagle though. We were paddling around the second island and noticed it had a house on it. Then we saw an american flag. Next is when we saw an eagle perched on a rock nearby. Then a horse came over to the edge with its mane flowing in the wind and the eagle proceeded to take flight! It was a such an “America!” moment! And so beautiful! We were out for about an hour. Once we started heading back and got closer to the shore we started hollering for Drama (who had stayed back with her “grandparents” because we haven’t gotten her a life jacket yet) and Craig came out to the shore with her on the leash. Once she spotted us her tail was wagging! Apparently she’d cried and wined most of the time we’d been out!
A couple of hours later my brothers Alex, Max and my future sister-in-law Emily arrived to camp with us. That evening we released paper lanterns into the sky. First time ever! Really pretty to see them floating away.
Friday we went to the Owls Head Transportation Museum.
On our way back to the campsite we stopped at the Keag Store (pronounced Gig) According to Urban Dictionary Keag means “to do a job in the most unreliable and slipshod manner possible.” Pretty funny! They make pizza and sandwiches but its also a little store with food and random supplies as well as beer and other beverages. We then did our first Geocache of the trip! It was near a little yellow submarine! After splitting cars, mom, Emily, Phillip and I went to grab some fish for dinner. I was cooking that night and we were going to have fish tacos! Cali style! Before getting to the fish market we stopped at a place that had large hand made garden gnomes. The woman, who’s name is Cindy (firstname.lastname@example.org) uses a chainsaw to carve them from tree trunks and then hand paints them. Great lady and really cool looking gnomes. She also had a collection of driftwood pieces that she’d painted to look like different creatures, really neat! Drama got to meet their new puppy too! Next we went over to the fish market and picked up 5 pounds of haddock. As we were in the market it started to downpour! That was fun getting back in the car! Once back, I marinated the fish by rubbing cayenne, fish seasoning, salt and pepper into the filets. Next I put them into a bag with lime juice, cilantro and olive oil. As it was nearing time to cook it was raining so bad that we wouldn’t have been able to grill the fish. Instead we piled in a couple cars and went to a place called “Claws”. There I had Lobster Binge out number 4! Lobster Roll!
Saturday included a trip to Rockland Lighthouse The walk down the jetty was one mile with the lighthouse at the end. Along the way we saw a little baby sea lion all alone. A guy on a tour boat going by said that it was most likely that the mother had abandoned it and that they would come back later and bring it to a rescue center. Once to the end we got to walk around inside the house which was built in 1902. Then up to the top of the lighthouse we went!
Phillip found a geocache there which we all helped out trying to find. Alex was the one to find it though! After signing our names on it we headed back to shore.
For lunch we finally had the fish tacos! They came out great and were a big hit!
We hung around, played games and filled water balloons that afternoon. Filled water balloons? How old are we anyway?! Mom had bought 2 kits that came with a filling bottle and a bunch of balloons. She had wanted us to play with them. The weather however had not been very cooperative over the days we were there though. So I filled a bunch and put them in a bowl by the road with a sign that said “FREE!” on it, and then we waited! Sure enough, the little kids around the campground came! First it was a guy a bit younger than Phillip and I that took a couple. He then went over to another campsite to surprise some friends. Then the little kids found the bowl and were filling their hands and running away like raccoons grabbing cat food. Then more came and there was a fun little water fight in front of us while we were playing a board game in the shade.
That evening was Lobster Binge Out number 5! Last family dinner before we headed on back to New Hampshire the next morning. The meal started out with some corn on the cob from a local farm. Next was 10 pounds of steamers. So good! Its amazing how much better they are when they’re fresh and then cooked in the salt water they came out of! For our final course we had “Maine lobstah!” Also cooked in the salt water, they were tender and delicious! Phillip of course had leftover fish tacos because he is weird and doesn’t like lobster!
After an evening around the fire we turned in for the night. By morning it was overcast and sprinkling. First thought of the morning… “aww crap, we have to pack up in the rain” It wasn’t pouring while we packed up but it was just enough that the tents and some other fabric equipment were packed up still very wet! We conquered it none the less, finishing in record timing. After saying farewell to mom and Craig for the day, Phillip and I took off on our own adventure as we headed for New Hampshire.
Our first stop was at The Highlands Coffee House Great cafe! I had a Chai with almond milk and chocolate while Phillip had a mocha. Both were perfect, these girls know how to make a drink! I also had a curry chicken salad sandwich while Phillip had a breakfast sandwich. Really great place! Looks like they have live music from time to time also. We next headed for Maine Beer Company in Freeport. Most of their beer is hoppy, which I don’t mind! They have a really clean set up for their tasting room as well as their brewing area. The place was packed! We sat outside and so were able to have Drama hang out with us too. She of course made friends immediately!
After a trip to Target for some new blankets and towels we drove through Old Orchard Beach. The main strip there was where I went quite often with my dad when I was a kid. It was a nostalgic drive through the town.
Our last stop before we got to New Hampshire was to Banded Horn Brewing. We were not impressed at all by their beer. There were only one or two that I could get down without cringing. A pizza place next door called Portland Pie Company however was delicious!
And so we continued our journey to Laconia, New Hampshire on Sunday the 26th, but more on that in chapter 5! Time to get off my computer and spend time with my nieces and nephew!