Saturday, 5 July 2014

Eastport, Maine, part two

Eastport, Maine, part two

The roads were packed with people milling around and waiting for the parade to start.
We went to a place called "Quoddy Bay Lobster" which is known 
for being the best place in all Maine 
for a good lobster dinner.
And here we go...............MMMMMMHHH
This was a lobster roll junior size. Just enough for me.
After lunch we strolled back through the crowds, had another
view across the harbour and to USS Anzio
before we decided to take the next ferry home and
not wait for the parade. We were at that point tired and longing
for a cool place to put our feet up.
But it definitely had been a gorgeous "fun day".
On the way back the wind had picked up, 
the air was considerably colder, and
the waters were now choppy. 
There were gulls everywhere.
Back at home I carried the deck furniture inside and 
lined up my flower pots for the same procedure.
The rest of my garden has to get through the rough
weather as good as it can.

An hour later the sky turned into an ominous shade of grey
and dark clouds were rolling in. 

was closing in on us.
I am not sure if there will be any fireworks tonight.

PS. As of 8:30 AM Saturday morning: There was no firework, it rained. Now there is a very strong wind, all the trees are bending and twisting. 
Electricity goes on and off.
Steven and Lindsey are back in the US after a horrible border crossing into Canada in St. Stephens. Read about it here.  They decided not to go to Nova Scotia as was planned. 

Friday, 4 July 2014

July 4th -Eastport, ME, part one

Since I took so many photos I have to divide the posting into two parts.
Part One
July 4th - Visit Eastport, Maine
When we sat out for our "fun day" there was still a layer of fog over the water. But the air was calm and the sun was out. 
The ferry glides through a thin layer of mist 
Our plan was to go over to Eastport, Maine and visit the USS Anzio which was open for the public.
USS Anzio
The check- in was like at an airport, screening of purses and walking though a gate. 
Outside a small vessel circled around to make sure no one came too close. 
Several small groups toured the vessel at the same time. 

 We went from the end to the front, and from the bottom to the top.
 Don't expect any naval language from me, I have no clue. But it was an amazing and a worthwhile
Amazing how big that anchor chain is!
View from the commando deck window.
 Afterwards we went up and down Waterstreet. 

At one end they had just started a pie-eating contest. 
Guys only....
The photos speak for themselves!!!!
The one with the bandana was the quickest eater!

A Ford Model T from 1926

And further down the road were an exhibition of vintage cars.
These are the ones I liked the best.
Volkswagen pop up camper van
By now it was noon and high time that we got out of the glaring sun and heat for a while. So, we decided to find a good spot for something to eat.
Stay tuned.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Visited by different kind of Blue Bird

The last couple of days I had visitors again. This time it was the youngest "boondocking" couple I have ever encountered!

Steven and Lindsey, (check out their beautiful web page), are from Oregon, came up the East Coast on an extended vacation before turning back home.
 When they pulled in with their Blue Bird, I thought for a moment, UHOH - how will that work out. But Steven is a very good driver and it was not a problem at all, neither when they backed out this morning.
Steven and Lindsey are good "boondocking material"!
We had some nice chats about this and that. I got the impression that these two have gotten the taste for this uncomplicated way of travelling, and there is a good chance that they, when finally getting into our age, will end up doing what we do every winter. 
The weather was warm and nice and since I had the day off work we toured the island together.
The lighthouse got a new walk way and bench to sit and enjoy the view
Look at this cab claw! That must have been a grandfather crab!
Colourful boats in the harbour.

I am glad I got to know Steve and Lindsey. Thanks for visiting, and who knows, maybe our ways cross again somewhere in the future!

Now I am waiting what "Arthur" will do. There is a chance that we get a visit of the first hurricane of the season. I hope not. It would damage my beautiful peonies!!
My peonies before the storm.