Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bethel Outdoor Adventure & Campground, Bethel, ME

Site 14
Saturday, July 30, 2016, Bethel Outdoor Adventure & Campground, Bethel, ME - 127.9 Miles, 823 Miles for the Trip

We wandered around the state of Maine, and ended up in Bethel after 127.9 miles. Some of the drive was on US2, and other sections on roads small enough that they had no center lines. Still, a pleasent trip. We are in sites 13 & 14. Don and Anne are in 13 with water & electric, I'm in 14 with full hookups. Great sites for people traveling together - pull throughs in different directions, so your doors face each other. We set up the new Easy Up for the first time. A bit more difficult to set up than the Caddis ARE which weighs half as much (it is aluminum, the new one is steel) but the Wenzel is short enough when folded that it fits in the truck. The ARE is about an inch too long.

No photos other than the site photo.

Dinner will be a pork tenderloin & a rice or noodle side.

Until next time -

Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort, Belfast, ME

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge
Friday, July 29, 2016, Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort, Belfast, ME - 65.6 Miles, 695.1 Miles for the Trip

Yesterday we met a couple traveling with a new to them Casita 17 that would be moving into Don & Anne's site when we left today. They toured both trailers. 

Today was a fairly quiet drive on ME 3 & US 1. We planned to stop & take photos of a lighthouse near the campground, but we had already hooked up the trailers & the road to the lighthouse said no RVs or trailers. We took the scenic tour around the area before heading to Belfast. We stopped for photos of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge - it has interesting cables &, if you want, a trip to the top of one of the towers.

We are in the Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort, our most expensive campground of the trip - $60.00+ per night for water & electric, parked on dirt (Resort it isn't, although the ocean is in sight.) Don & Anne are on the other side of the campground is site 34.

After setting up & a quick shower, we headed off to visit with John & Elaine Bielenberg. John is a retired faculty member and colleague of Don's from Binghamton University. We had a nice chat, then went to see two of John's volunteer projects at the Penobscot Maritime Museum, a camera obscura & a Model T truck built as a hands on display. Pictures are on today's LakeshoreImages page.

After that we drove to a gathering of antique cars & street rods. I took far too many photos to post here, most are on a separate page.

Dinner was at the Whale's Tooth Pub & Restaurant. Since we didn't get back to the campground until close to 11:00PM, I didn't post this until the next morning.

Until next time -

Friday, July 29, 2016

Seawall Campground, Arcadia National Park, ME

Thursday, July 28, 2016, Seawall Campground, Acadia National Park, ME, Day 4 - 24.7 Miles, 629.5 Miles for the Trip

We made it out of the campground on time (they have an early checkout time of 10:00AM) & headed south to Seawall Campground. Seawall is called the "Quiet" campground in the park, although not really - there were two troops of Boy Scouts in the group camping area next to Don's site. They did quiet down after quiet hours at 10:00PM. Seawall has the same set up as Blackwoods - dry sites with water available and bathrooms with cold water - No showers. Both campgrounds have dishwater dumps at the bathrooms to keep you from dumping dishwater & food scraps at the campsites.

My project for the afternoon was to bake a blueberry pie. Since there is no 120V AC electricity available (other than my solar & batteries with my inverter which isn't large enough for the toaster oven) , I used the Volcano Grill & Dutch Oven. I've made one barely successful attempt with the Dutch Oven out in Arizona that was undercooked, but edible. This one was better, but far from perfect. This time it is fully cooked, but I charcoaled one edge of the pie. Keeping the temperature regulated in the Dutch Oven is tough. I also need to design a pie lifter to remove the pie from the Dutch Oven when done. The welding gloves don't quite do the trick. The site photos & the pie:

Other than that, I sat around reading. There is no cell service here in the campground (or anywhere near by) so this posting will have to wait until tomorrow.

Dinner was turkey Bubba burgers, baked beans & pickled beets, and, of course, blueberry pie! The pie was OK, however even the under crust was overcooked. I still have to get better at temperature control in the Dutch Oven.  Photos of the rest of the campsites & the pie are at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Until next time -

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Acadia National Park, ME, Day 3

Bar Harbor

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park, ME, Day 3 - 0 Miles, 604.8 Miles for the Trip

We had a bit of rain back at the campground while we were at Cadillac Mountain, so my blue chair had a puddle in it. It was still wet around 10:00 this morning.

After a walk & breakfast, we headed to the Wild Gardens of Arcadia, the Nature Center & the Abbe Museum. There was a cell signal at the museum, so I posted yesterday's pages & I'll post this as far as I got so far today.  Photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

WE stopped in Bar Harbor to do some shopping & headed back to the campground for dinner, which will be a Shrimp Alfredo disk.

Until next time -

Acadia National Park, ME, Day 2

View From Cadillac Mountain
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park, ME, Day 2 - 0 Miles, 604.8 Miles for the Trip

Quite a bit of rain overnight. While Don & Anne in their Scamp & me in my Escape made out fine, Pete & Tina got a bit wet in the tent. Just enough to remind me why I switched to a trailer!

We made pancakes & bacon for breakfast, then hung around the campground for awhile. The plan was to hit Thunder Hole when the tide was right, but while we got there on time, the ocean was so calm that there wasn't much happening (other than a chance to do a lot of people watching.)

After Thunder Hole we drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain. The view was great, although it was a bit hazy. I took a few photos & made a panorama. On the way back to the campground we picked up some firewood so we could make S'Mores after dinner. More photos as well as a larger version of today's photo at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Dinner was grilled sausage or brats, mashed potatoes, and a tortellini salad.

Until next time -