July 31 – August 7, 2016
We made it to Maine and oh what a beautiful place. Our first place to stay in Maine is Boothbay Harbor. It is about mid-way between southern Maine and Bar Harbor. We stayed at Shore Hills RV Park. Wonderful place.The office.The shuttle bus they offer to Boothbay Harbor.Site #124. Kind of close to the neighbor, but we really liked them.The back side.Looking down the street. A lot of LARGE motor coaches come into this park.They have daily trash pick up. We liked this. The sites are very long. The truck is parked in front of the 5th wheel and we still have room in the back.They have a pretty pond.with ducks.This is the first place we went in Boothbay Harbor. We are not recommending this place.The view was nice.This was the lobster roll. It was good, but was $19.95 each. Cliff tried the clam chowder, but there was nothing in it, it was just liquid, and had no flavor. You go to a window, order your food, find a place to sit and wait for them to call your name. The girl that took our order talked so fast, we could not understand what she was saying. She just looked at us like we were crazy. We finally figured out that she was saying, it comes with chips, plain or barbecue?
Monday August 1, 2016Just down the street from the campground is the Boothbay Railway Village.This is an old train depot, now used as the ticket office.1925 Railbus. This rides you around the property.Inside the Railbus.Railway crossing.30 acres and 24 buildings.This railcar was given to the United States by the French after World War I.1931 Ford Model A Victoria. Museum Founder, George McEvoy has a beautiful collection of Antique cars. Some in the museum are on loan from other people, but most are owned by Mr. McEvoy. He stills comes by and drives different ones.1911 Ford Model T Cab delivery truck1930 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster1914 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup. 1914 was the first year of the now standard left-hand driver position. According to Ford, the Model T had a fuel economy of 13 to 21 miles per gallon.
Leaving nothing to waste, Henry Ford had the scraps of wood left over from the production of the Model T collected and turned into charcoal. With the help of E.G. Kingsford, a charcoal manufacturing plant was built and the newly formed Ford Charcoal would eventually be renamed to Kingsford Charcoal.1928 Maxim Fire Truck1935 Swallow SS-1 – British sports car produced from 1932 – 1936. It is 15 feet, 6 inches long. Only 78 of these cars were built and only 7 are known to still exist. In 1936, the model received a new name – JAGUAR.1929 Packard 640 Limousine. The division glass behind the driver’s seat indicates this car was intended to be driven by a chauffeur. They sold for $3,850.00. In comparison, a 1929 Ford was $625.00, a Chevrolet was $675.00 and a Plymouth cost $695.00.1935 Packard1938 Packard Club Sedan – the brand continued on the market until 1958. Original purchase price was $2,990.00. The white wall tires were extra – $23.50 for all 6.1959 Jaguar Mark IX. 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II. This is one of George McEvoy’s cars.Spruce Point Chapel built in 1923. Relocated and Restored in 1995.They have goats at the Village.And pretty fountains.
Walk down into Boothbay Harbor.The HarborThe sites of Maine.We walked across the Footbridge to the other side of the Harbor.Late lunch at the Lobster Dock.The sign: “Unruly Kids Sold as Bait”. Other sign: “Order at Window & Food is Delivered”. Nice touch.Really cute place.We ordered the lobster roll without the mayo. The lobster roll was better than yesterday, $15.95. The Clam Chowder was not very good. No flavor. Still in pursuit of a good clam chowder.This seagull flew over this large rock and dropped a clam on the rock and it broke apart. Then he cleaned it completely out. Amazed at our ingenuous these birds are.
Tuesday Aug.2, 2016Woke up to 63 degrees this morning. We decided to take a drive. We drove to West Boothbay and Wiscasset and back to Boothbay Harbor. Drove through East Boothbay and down to Ocean Point.Beautiful Maine homes.Beautiful Churches.Sorry, this photo was taken from inside the truck.So we decided to try Lobsterman’s Wharf in Ocean Point.Love the decor.Waterfront dining.Notice, this is the wine menu! Cliff had a haddock sandwich and I have stuffed shrimp. It was okay and the clam chowder was better than the other two. But still, I am not recommending this one either. We really are not this picky, but something is just not right.Very nice new sailboat. The scenery is beautiful.
Wednesday Aug. 3, 2016 – Happy Birthday to my brother Ben. I wish for you a wonderful new year.Brother Bill is on the left and Ben is on the right.
Pemaquid Point, Maine – We took a drive out to Pemaquid Point.Check out the birds on the roof.A cute restaurant and shop. Very cute nautical stuff here.Nice lighthouse.Cliff found his road.Maine coastline.Old lobster trap. They don’t use the wooden ones anymore, they have gone to rectangular metal ones.It was so peaceful here. I could sit there for hours just listening to the ocean waves. You can hardly see him, but there is a painter down on the rocks on the left side of the photo.The lighthouse from the back.Cute house with sailboats on the shutters.House with a rock foundation.Large log home along the drive.This house has a rock foundation and a lighthouse.The water is so clear and beautiful.Hotel Pemaquid. Looks just like what I thought Maine would look like.This is also part of Hotel Pemaquid.Back in Boothbay Harbor, we stopped in Pinkham’s to get some fresh fish to grill. We got two haddock filets. They were wonderful.
Thursday August 4, 2016Back to Boothbay Harbor. They have a lovely Library in the middle of town.And then off to our First Treat of the Day.Lobstering with Captain Clive. We left at 8:30 AM to get a lesson in the lobster business.Every lobster has to be measured with a special tool. It can’t be too big or too small.They pull the lobster traps in one at a time.Sometimes there is nothing in them.They put them in individual metal bins so that they won’t attack each other. They stay in these bins until Capt.Clive can inspect each one.He is trying to show us the difference between a male and female lobster. You have to look very closely. Capt. Clive can tell by looking at their backside, but that is experience.The female lobsters are very protected. If eggs are on the outside or if her tail is clipped, they have to throw them back or get fined $2,500.00There were 2 other guests on the boat with their daughter. Once the lobsters are inspected, they put a rubber band around each claw and they are placed in a large bin of water. Bottom left in the photo.They put new bait in the traps and off they go.Each Lobsterman has his own colors which are the colors of his buoys. He has to register his colors and traps with the state each year and renew his license and get new tags. Each lobster trap has his tag. Capt Clive has about 500 traps out this year. There are 5 traps per buoy with about 66 feet of line between each trap.Back in the “Hahbah”Thanks Captain for a great lesson in lobstering.
Boy is this our lucky day. First we got to go catch some lobsters and now we get to eat some.Our next door neighbors and new friends, Bryan and Helen Salgado, from Massachusetts have offered to teach us how to eat a whole lobster. This is their Tiffin Phaeton in the background.Helen does not like lobster, so she got some clams. Cliff and Bryan went to Pinkham’s and picked up the lobsters and clams. Bryan had to wash these and then steam them. Pinkham’s steamed our lobsters for us, since it is very difficult in an RV to get a large enough pot and enough heat to boil the water.We set the table and brought out the wine.Looking Good.The guys are looking good too. Check out the Blue Bird Motorcoach behind Cliff. That is Bob’s. High dollar.Nice!!We did it. We ate the whole thing. Well, there is this green stuff on the inside that I tried, but did not eat.Thank you Helen and Bryan. We can’t wait to see you in Florida.
Tomorrow is a tour of Monhegan Island with Bryan and Helen. Next blog.