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Having Stacey with me is totally awesome! We work well together as a team and always have since the first day I met her over fifteen years ago at my last job. I adopted her then on the spot and have brought her into the closest folds of my family because that’s who she is! She’s quite a remarkable woman who I love dearly as one of my Chirrens! I’m so blessed.

I waited until she and I could figure out the order of our adventure even though I’d already booked our rooms out of concern for the upcoming July 4th celebrations. It all worked out fine because when we left Lewiston, Maine today, we drove for about 45 minutes to Portland to explore the wharf area. And explore it we did! I don’t think we really walked all that far as it was over 85 degrees and we were both feeling the heat/humidity combo such that we walked only on the shadiest side of the street and stopped frequently to feel the breeze under the trees.

Beautiful area of Portland!

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Stacey in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall torn down in 1989. She was born in Germany!

Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room was down toward the water on a side street. They had a four star rating with ten star pricing! Three scallops and two crab cakes were $45.00! Yup, folks. Not for these po’ folks! Tasty but I think we hit the jackpot at dinner for same price!

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Half of the $45 appitizers!

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The other half! Really?

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Wall art

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They were healthy!

We struck it rich when we asked the young man (aptly named Montana) at the front desk where he would recommend us eating. Hi Tides was one of his favorites. We jumped in with both feet and loved every minute of it.

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View of the Penobscot River from our table!

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Salmon Oscar with garlic green beans & grilled asparagus for both of us for $45.00! The view reminded us both of the place I used to go with Mom to celebrate her birthday called Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs. She always ordered Salmon Oscar! Of course, we had to do the same as she would have wanted it that way!

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View from the River

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Beautiful Bridge over the River

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And a nice stroll along the River Walkway below restaurant after great food! Now that’s what I call ambiance!

Tomorrow? We’re going to get up really early to drive over to New Brunswick to get to Nova Scotia! Nothing excited me about NB except that it was on my way to Nova Scotia. We’ll explore the eastern half of Nova Scotia tomorrow and the western half on the next day when we’ll be staying on the island in Halifax.

HAPPY TALES AND TRAILS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!

Well, that R&R in Lake Placid, NY wasn’t all that when you consider that the fire alarms kept going off and on from the first afternoon and into the evening, and AGAIN in the second afternoon  until the early morning hours of my second night. I was already ragged and they knew it at the front desk…I’d told them…from the hectic drive from Thunder Bay to North Bay.

I kept thinking that it must have been a short in the electrical system for the fire alarms because it started each time we had a downpour each afternoon and night. By the time I checked out, I wanted some money back. The facilities were overrated and chair cushions were embarrassingly in need of cleaning. The worst part was that the Manager said she knew what they looked like! Heck! I would have NEVER have admitted that to a customer paying $116, $134 & $164 for each respective night! I got one good nights sleep…the last one. She gave me a whopping $50 credit.

I’ll say this about that…I’ll drive up the road a little farther up the road to find a Mom & Pop place if there isn’t a decent Motel 6! Enough of this “privileges” points crap! Ain’t no privileges when Motel 6 can give me more bang for my buck than their cheapest chain and it’ll be cleaner too!

Can you tell I was under impressed with Lake Placid? Ugh! Too much of everything with too little quality.

Getting out of town was a good thing for me because I’d be seeing old new territory of Vermont. I’ve loved driving the backroads of Vermont several times in the past of the north/south variety but this time, I was headed east. Burlington, Vermont airport was programed in Tom and we were picking up my next travel buddy, Stacey.

How incredible, I thought, as I headed toward the ferry, that I’d have three different loved ones join me this year for three different parts of my journey! I’ve never had company before and this feels great!

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Upper New York Backroads!

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Love ’em!

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UHH! What’s that?

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This house on the NY side of Lake Champlain definitely has a story to tell!

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Lake Whoabegone? LOL Nah! Lake Champlain!

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Waiting for the Ferry on the NY side!

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Peaceful, huh?

Then, like magic, I’m across this body of water (Lake Champlain) and in Vermont headed for the airport…on the backroads, of course!

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Love this sculpture in the Burlington, VT airport!

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Here she comes!

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YAY! Passenger #3!

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Somewhere in Vermont!

Tomorrow? Bangor, Maine to explore the Maine Coastline and whatever else we want to do until we get over to Nova Scotia! Oh, there’s so much to see and so little time!

HAPPY TAILS, TALES OR TRAILS…YOUR PICK!

One of Johnny Cash’s songs begins, “I’ve been everywhere man,”  and that’s how I feel! Like I said earlier, what I’ve seen of Nebraska isn’t as spectacular as driving through Iowa. I NEVER thought I’d say that and I’m still stunned that I’ve written it and you Nebraskans, please remember that I don’t allude to the whole state but just what I’ve seen. Granted, it’s limited but the expressways either draw me in or they don’t.

Iowa? It’s some of the prettiest farmland I’ve ever seen. Yep. Iowa! It has some of the neatest farmhouses and farm outbuildings on pristine soil. Most of what you’re going to see in this post is just that. I couldn’t help myself. It’s the farm girl in me that attracts me like a magnet to these scenes. If I had time, I’d just come to Iowa to photograph farmhouses and be happy.

So, here goes!

Tail end of Nebraska and beginnings of Iowa

Countryside starts to morph

And cool, old barns start to appear:

And strange-looking silos look like they’ve multiplied like mushrooms under a common canopy!

And this beautiful Thrift-looking plant grows wild all over the sides of the highway decorating the right-of-way in shades of lavender.

Then the hills start to roll structures into the treeline.

And hills continue to deposit buildings at the tree lines.

Now the most amazing array of outbuildings and farmhouses appear…

see what I mean about the outbuildings:

Great old barns

and interesing looking outbuildings pop up

And, while you’re at it, throw in a good handful of wind turbines to confuse the eye!

And, lastly…

and then…the Mississippi River! Nope, didn’t take a picture of that! By the way, it was the healthiest waterway I’ve seen this whole trip! Such a contrast to last year when all the great snow flooded  farmlands and meadows I passed by during last year’s Great Adventure. This year, Nevada ain’t the only dry state! I couldn’t believe that it was 70 degrees at 8:00AM in the morning in Boulder, CO! I also couldn’t believe how dry the creek beds were or how low the rivers have been all through California, Oregon, Colorado & Nebraska.

Well, I’m cashing in for the night because I’m in Illinois now and need to rest up for Niagara Falls!

Happy Trails!