Monthly Archives: May 2013

New Mail Stop Added

We’ll be in Bar Harbor, ME *this* Friday.  I know it’s short notice, but if you get something in the mail Tuesday, it should get there in time.  If you do send something, please let us know!

Please address everything to both of us so that we don’t have to both go to the post office.

Our next mail stop will be Friday, May 31st in Bar Harbor, ME:

Rob Devine OR Karen Edgerton
General Delivery
Bar Harbor, ME  04609-9999

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Day 312 – The rain in Maine is mainly a big pain

Maine is a beautiful state.  It would probably be more beautiful if it we could see it through the rain!!  In between downpours, we had to replace the tongue jack on the Twinkie.  It failed when we were trying to disconnect at Monadnock, so the Twinkie was stuck to the truck.  Of course the modern jacks are slightly larger than the Airstream model, and we didn’t have time to order the right size.  So Robbie donned his work clothes (meaning his regular clothes that need washing), and filed the hole to accommodate the new, larger jack.  It took most of the day, but we no longer need to bring the Twinkie everywhere.

Success!

Success!

 

First stop in Maine… a pilgrimage to LL Bean!

Aaaahhhh!!!

Aaaahhhh!!!

Their flagship store is open 24/7, and it puts REI’s flagship store to shame.  They have an archery range, trout pond, knot tying station, café, and even an aquarium.

Swimmin' with the fishies

Swimmin’ with the fishies

Oh, yeah…they sell stuff, too.  Our main purchase was a tick remover.  I can’t believe how many ticks we’ve seen in the last week!  Thankfully none has managed to sink in it’s nasty teeth into our delicate northwest skin, but I don’t want to take chances.

We also spent a rainy, blustery day driving along the coast admiring the foggy scenery. After lunching on lobster rolls (giant chunks of cold lobster on grilled bread), we explored the Pemaquid Point lighthouse, immortalized on the Maine quarter.  We’re told the view from the top is beautiful.  We wouldn’t know.

A room with a view...sort of

A room with a view…sort of

But the storm watching was pretty impressive.

Don't get too close

Don’t get too close

We took a couple of down days to do paperwork, make repairs, rest, and avoid both the rain and the Memorial Day crowds. Tomorrow we head north again….

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Day 307 – Mount Monadnock

We just got back from the gnarliest hike!  We knew the trail was 3 ½ miles one way with over 2000’ of climbing, but I assumed the park map oversimplified the trail when it showed it perpendicular to the contour lines.  Not so!  For the bulk of the trail, we didn’t so much hike, as scramble.

You call this a trail?!

You call this a trail?!

C loved it because she could basically climb the whole way.  The top of the mountain is completely barren, and it has a 360 degree view of New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.  Absolutely stunning!

Almost there...

Almost there…

There!

There!

We had a snack at the summit, but we didn’t linger.  We still had the hardest part of the hike left.  The trail (field of boulders, really) was so steep that trekking poles were useless, so they stayed stashed in our packs most of the way.  And just to keep things interesting, they have mosquitoes here the size of hummingbirds.  If we stopped for more that a few seconds, they attacked!  So we couldn’t rest.

Do you see the tiny pond on the left side of this picture?  That’s where we started.

Still a long way to go

Still a long way to go

With a little over a mile left in the hike, we were done!  C imagined a flying bed that could take her back to the Twinkie.  I fantasized about taking a shower.  Robbie  just got really focused.  But we made it out alive.  Whew.  We all agreed that it is the hardest hike we’ve done on this trip, and possibly ever!

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Day 305 – Happy Daddy

You want to know how to make Robbie happy?  I mean REALLY happy?  Put him on a lift-accessed mountain bike park for a day.  He gets all giddy and starts grinning like a madman!  Our travels put us near Highland Mountain Bike Park, and when he realized that it was not only open, but half the cost of a Whistler lift ticket, we had to visit.

Happy Daddy

Happy Daddy

Thankfully they had some XC trails just outside the park for C and me to ride.  Since the terrain here is pretty technical and C is getting more ambitious in what she rides, we decided it was time to upgrade her helmet.  We figure it’s cheaper than having to reattach knocked out teeth.  The new helmet makes her look a little like a storm trooper, though!

Ready to ride

Ready to ride

While Robbie tore up the downhill trails on his hard-tail (no small feat!), C and I got to ride to the top of the mountain on the chair lift.

Taking the easy way down

Taking the easy way down

We agreed that riding down the lift is a lot more fun than riding up it.  Not only do you get a great view, but you get to say hi to all of the oncoming riders.

Best view on the mountain

Best view on the mountain

Robbie rode almost until closing when he decided he was tired enough that the risk of injury exceeded the promise of reward.  Then we took him home and fed him pizza… the best post-ride food ever!

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Day 302 – How to make yourself sick in Vermont

If you’d like to make yourself sick while travelling through Vermont, here’s what we recommend:

First, visit the bakery at King Arthur Flour for a breakfast of sticky buns.

Sticky happiness

Sticky happiness

Watch the bakers for a while to let the sugar settle.

Next, drive up the road to the Sugarbush Maple and Cheese farm.  Learn about making maple syrup and pretend to lug a 5 gallon pail of sap through the snow,

Tires as simulated snow

Tires as simulated snow

Then taste lots of yummy cheeses and grades of maple syrup.  Buy a couple of cheddars for the road and nibble them on your way to your next stop…

Ben & Jerry's!

Ben & Jerry’s!

The Flavor Graveyard

The Flavor Graveyard

That’s right…no trip to Vermont would be complete without a trip to the Ben &  Jerry’s factory!  Before the tour, sample some ice cream to decide what flavor cone you’ll later eat.  During the tour, have a taste of their test flavor.

They're just kidding...

They’re just kidding…

It was actually some sort of cinnamon ice cream.  Return to the scoop shop for a proper scoop of your favorite flavor.

Roll your bloated body back to the truck.  Or, if you’re 8, bounce non-stop in an effort to burn off the excess sugar!

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