(I am sitting in a cafe at the window surrounded by trees and bushes outside and lots of big green leafy plants indoors. The sunlight is streaming through canopy onto my face as I watch the sunset over the city. I love it!)
I post pictures of my life and my travels. To the outside world these pictures may seem like the perfect little snippets in a whimsical carefree life. I clearly just do as I please and have endless funds to do whatever I want and travel wherever I want to go whenever I want to. Every picture is the most stunning perfect place. My life is perfect and I don’t have a care in the world…..la lee la dee da…
Oh wait… Darn it dudes I must have dozed off and been dreaming! I am at the tale end of a two week solo road trip. I have put just over 2,000 miles on my car (not the most I have put on in a two week period), I went 3 days without a shower and I had to seriously budget my money towards the end of this trip. I was so darn tired yesterday afternoon driving back west that I just started crying from exhaustion.
I have always wanted to visit New England. I wanted to go to New England in the autumn with the man of my dreams. We were to drink, hike, stay in a cozy little cabin and just frolic through the country side. It was to be all peace, love and bubbles…sigh. Well I have yet to meet Mr. “Even Close to Mr. Right” so I said, “I’m just going to go by myself!” So reached out to my dear friend Bre who lives in Maine and said I was coming in October!
So a couple of weeks ago I stopped by my folks house to spread out all my stuff and swap out clothes and gear out of my car. Since I have willingly moved into my vehicle I don’t have the space to spread out my things and pack things well. I am very lucky to have folks that back me up when I come to them with ideas about my life adventures. (More about my life inside my tiny house on wheels in an up coming post.) With my car packed up, a fresh oil change and full tank of gas I set off for the east coast.
I will say it felt odd driving east, especially up to New England. So many of my trips take place out west. Driving east I felt like I could dead end my trip in a day and technically I could reach the northern Maine in a day and that is weird to me. As I drove closer and closer to the Maine border I totally felt a little claustrophobic! Kind of like, “Dude…where can I go from here?!” Needless to say that when I drove past the state line and snapped a picture of the Welcome to Maine sign, I let out a yelp excitement!
I have waited so long to go to New England and I was finally here and was totally stoked. I arrived at my friends Bre’s parent’s home and was greeted by a big warm hug from my friend. I told her that I need two things, a drink and a shower!
I showered in an awesome outdoor shower! I LOVE showering outdoors! I listened to the waves crash onto the shore as the clouds floated above. It. Was. Awesome!
After showering, Bre’s dad made me a delicious tasty cocktail. I cannot remember what was in it but it was fantastic and took the edge off of a semi long drive.
Now normally I don’t eat seafood because I live in Ohio and I am never really sure how fresh it is and then there is the whole I don’t eat meat thing. So why did I choose to eat seafood in New England??? Well for one it is caught fresh out of the ocean usually the same day. Two, I felt just as bad but did offer up gratitude to the animal and that eased my mental dialogue about ethical fishing.
With all that out of the way I will continue. ;D
Saturday night Bre and I went out to eat at some place that was good but I cannot remember the name of it. Oh, she just texted me back, it is Buffleheads! I kept saying Hufflelumps, and Snuffleupagus and other various nonsense..lol! Bre worked with the manager previously and she sent over complimentary muscles. Geez oh Pete’s they were good. The sauce they were in was light and creamy and dreamy! After muscles, calamari and some delicious salad I was sooooo ready for bed. That night I crawled into the lovely guest room bed and fell asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach. Life was so totally hard at that moment (insert eye roll here) lol!
Sunday morning I crept down stairs, made some french press coffee and walked (like 50′) to the rocky shores at the tip of the out cropping my friends live on. I watched in utter bliss the sun rise over the distant horizon of the Atlantic ocean. I watched the tide flow into the tide pools and the ocean spray it’s water that had traveled thousands of miles onto the rocks. I hopped from rock to rock and couldn’t stop taking photos. I just had my iPhone so they are only semi descent pictures, Capturing a sunrise with a camera phone isn’t easy but here are a few.
The next morning we headed out to the Palace Diner for breakfast. This cool place seats only about 16 people but is a throw back to rail car diners. The servings are plentiful, the coffee hot and the tunes were pretty good. I am not a grapefruit fan but they have on the menu a halved grapefruit that they grill for a “hot minute” and then dip in sugar. Kind of like the salt rim on a margarita glass. It sure did look good but I didn’t try as I didn’t want to waste it.
After breakfast we went apple picking at the super cute Russell Orchard in Ipswich, Massachusetts and then went to lunch and ate lobster rolls at Billy’s Chowder House in Wells, Maine. Scruuuuumptious but at $20 a pop I had to control myself! For some reason I thought lobster in the lobster rolls was going to be served warm but it isn’t. The sliced bread bun is toasted then the cold lobster is served inside of it likened to a hot dog in a bun. I did take a picture but I had already eaten half of it, sorry. Hahaha!
I drank plenty of Shipyard beer, which is a totally nice accompaniment to seafood, on this trip to Maine. It is a brewed locally and is quite good especially on the very warm days I spent up in New England! And with that it is time to go have a beer somewhere. 😀
To be continued….
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (<— born in Portland ,Maine!)