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    • Day4

      Day 4 - Bargain hunters in Freeport

      June 13, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      The only thing this family likes more than chocolate is a great bargain! Sixty and seventy percent off? We’re there! And since Alex has to work the rest of the week, we opted for a visit to the iconic LLBean store and Freeport outlets even though the weather was perfect for another outdoor adventure.
      Around noon the majority voted
      to skip lunch and keep shopping! However, by 2:30 this decision was a clear fail since a slightly different majority was in full HANGRY (though happy with their purchases).

      Still in search of lobster we headed back to Portland only to encounter a 45-minute wait for a table at Highroller Lobster. When we finally ordered, Curtis was the only person ordering the elusive crustacean. Go figure.

      Doorgate was resolved by the attentive support staff who assured us the 12’ door would not fall off again in the middle of the night but the Fawlty Towers moments continue with window washers randomly appearing outside our windows (see photos below!)

      We were treated to a late Spanish dinner in the apartment (thanks Curtis!) Parents reigned at cribbage but are still down a game after a skunking the previous night.
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    • Day217

      Dessert of Main

      June 24, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      m Jahr 1797 (oder 1783) zog William Tuttle mit seiner Familie auf das damals knapp 121 Hektar umfassende Farmgelände. Dort baute man zunächst sehr erfolgreich Kartoffeln an, erntete Heu und hielt Rinder. Nachfolgende Generationen besaßen zudem Schafe, um deren Wolle an Webereien zu verkaufen. Fehler bei der Fruchtfolge führten im Zusammenspiel mit massiver Entwaldung und Überweidung nach einigen Jahrzehnten jedoch zu zunehmender Bodenerosion, die Sandvorkommen freilegte. Es handelt sich um Sand und Schluff, die dort seit dem Ende der bislang letzten Vergletscherungsphase des pleistozänen Eiszeitalters vor etwa 10.000 Jahren liegen. Damals schliffen die Gletscher der Region größere Steine zunächst zu Kies und später zu noch feinkörnigeren Materialien, die bis zu 25 Meter tief lagern. Im Laufe der Zeit erweiterten sich diese vereinzelten kleinen Flecke, starker Nordwestwind formte Dünen und trieb den Sand immer weiter, bis schließlich eine zunächst irreversible Desertifikation einsetzte. Zunächst erwogen die Tuttles noch, den Sand zur Herstellung von Backsteinen zu nutzen und sich auf diese Weise ein neues Standbein aufzubauen, doch der hohe Glimmeranteil verhinderte die notwendige Stabilität der Steine. 1919 sah sich die Familie deshalb letztendlich gezwungen, die Farm endgültig aufzugeben.Read more

    • Day5

      Cabin at Wolfes Neck

      September 28, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Saw my brother Nate today, and my cousin Shawn, as well as my near family member (I guess I will call her) Brenda, at the corporate offices. I went in there to get an ID so that I could get my family discount at the retail store. Brenda took care of me, and tomorrow morning I guess she will have an updated ID badge for me. Meanwhile she supplied me with one that is very classic from a long time ago and I'll try to get a photo of for the travel blog here. I also went down to Wolfe's neck, to do the first experimental flight of the drone (without its camera). With all the birch trees gone, and the grass all dried out… one good thing is that there's some open-space to practice flying a drone. It takes three things to fly the drone it takes the drone a phone and a pair of I goggles. The latter don't have to be worn but they need to be nearby and they need energy and they ran out of battery power leaving my drone hovering at about 100 feet camp with no way to get it down or control it . I don't know the gate code there so I had parked up by the chain and I had to run back to the truck and get a battery while the drone hovered in midair. Kind of an odd situation. When I got back down to the cabin area where the Drone was hovering it had not changed its position even one foot . Pretty remarkable . Overall the thing has quirks though . But I'm getting the feel for the drone. Right now it doesn't seem to want to land until "I read the tutorial (flashes an annoying message saying this rather than just freaking landing) or it runs out of batteries... which is how it finally got itself out of the air. I don't know how it knows if I read the tutorial. Some famous speaker in a commencement address once "said little by little progress is made."

      Going to probably stay in the old Port today got one of the last rooms available there and there's nothing in downtown Freeport. Boy, I used to complain about prices now they are more expensive than ever and you're lucky if you can even find a place in downtown Portland or Freeport. That new Hyatt Place in the Old Port, on a Wednesday night in what I would call nearly the offseason is still over $500 tonight for a room . Can you believe that? There's a couple others that are over 400 right around the Old Port . I thought San Francisco was expensive . At least I can find somewhere near the center of the city for cheaper than that pretty much anytime . Wow . But I did find a place on the Portland peninsula after much diligent work , for a couple days . I used my hotels.com discount to save about half but it was still outrageous. I hope to visit Jesse and people like Laura Fuller of Fuller glass my old friend and former business co-manager, and maybe Sonny Robinson who I guess now is a clairvoyant which is kind of interesting to me.
      Btw at Wolfes Neck I walked next door to the neighbors to the north where they are building a beautiful post and beam home out of Oregon Douglas fir and Maine pine. Wow it's huge! See photo. They are catching stripers there in case anyone wants to know… It's confirmed that they are running. I got to talk with some of the construction guys there. They got the approval easy enough I guess to expand and that property is probably 4-5000 ft.² now.
      I found a rock that had crystals on it out in back of the cabin glad no one threw it away just because it took me hours to harvest that from the shore at the time. Many many years ago!
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      Linda Bean

      Do you want a cabin key? If so, Wayne has one and there is bedding inside. Cold and inconvenient, but cheap. The code is the year your ancestor Bill went from Normandy, France, and did something significant in England.

      10/1/16Reply
       
    • Day5

      Wolfe's Neck Campground

      July 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      It was hard to leave Boothbay Harbor but our evening’s accommodations were over an hour away. This would be our last night in a campground, and we were more than ready to be done with the rafts we were using for mattresses.

      Wolfe’s Neck Campground came highly recommended. It’s located on a working farm and offers oceanfront campsites, kayak rentals and more.

      The best part about this place was the Farm Cafe which surprisingly served really good food. I ordered the hummus plate...it was better than expected!

      Our last night camping wouldn’t have been complete without sitting by the fire as the sun set.
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    • Day16

      The Goslings

      August 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

      Yesterday we found out we have to wait ANOTHER!!! day until the computer chip comes in. Such a drag to have to cool our jets in such a beautiful place 😁 so we tried again to see the Reverse Falls (bad timing again) and then went to the Goslings for the afternoon. We made landfall (in the dinghy) on East Gosling, hiked around the part that is now accessible (due to osprey nesting, half of the island is off limits), and David did some (futile) fishing. It is a very tiny island, and there were three tents set up. So it felt a little crowded.

      We headed back to Potts Harbor around 5. We found we had to again go to Erica’s Seafood to have lobster, and met a couple from Tennessee who come for a week every summer and eat at Erica’s every night!!

      We have made nice friends at this Marina, and will come back on our return trip.

      And David wants me to add that he got his daily swim in!
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      Beautiful photos! I miss those cool winds and blue skies on the east coast.

      8/19/18Reply
       
    • Day8

      It's Shopping Time!

      October 12, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Heute mal keine Landschaft genießen, heute "er-fahren" wir Freeport. Die 'Blaupause' für die ganzen dorf-ähnlichen Outlet Center. Freeport ist nämlich keine normale Stadt, sondern rings um L.L. Bean gewachsene Stores. Aber sehr überschaubar. Trotzdem sind wir fündig geworden.

      Und es liegt nahe an Portland, wo wir das nächste B&B gebucht haben. Ds Zimmer ist wie erwartet, nicht berauschend. Aber eine Nacht geht.

      Abends dann in Portland am Hafen gewesen und bei Dimillo gegessen: Lobster Roll bzw Mixed Seafood. Beliebtes Lokal, wir mussten eine Stunde warten bis unser Tisch frei war. In der Zeit haben wir dann kleinen Hafenbummel gemacht. Dabei konnten wir uns olfaktorisch davon überzeugen, das es sich um einen 'working harbor' handelt....
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