Saturday, July 8th
Leaving Campobello Island, New Brunswick Canada
Bungled Moose Sighting
A Stop @ Fort Knox Observatory
Where is Perry's Nut House?
Ports of Italy
Background: The Mr. & I both 55
Prior to Campobello Island we had been in Bar Harbor for four wonderful nights. If interested, you can read about that part of our trip here:
We started our drive to Boothbay Harbor about twelve noon. We'd been on Campobello Island the night before. If you are interested in reading about our experiences there you can do so here:
When we got to Machias we stopped for gas, snacks, and sodas. The Mr. got some cheese crackers and I bought some of those puffy Cheetos. We continue on our way and I'm happily reading my book, munching on Cheetos, and sipping my Diet Coke when the Mr. suddenly pulls over. There stands a moose with her calf. Now, if you've read my Bar Harbor trip report, you know the Mr. was really hoping to see a moose. Friends on Facebook who'd been to Maine before said, “Yeah. Good luck with that!” But there she is standing. There are two other vehicles pulled over and the Mr. is shouting at me, “Take a picture! Take a picture!”. Well, I have the new iPhone 7S. In fact, I just got it in June. It is best unlocked by my finger print. Nifty huh? Well not if your finger is covered in Cheetos dust and your husband is hollering, “Hurry, take a pic!” By the time I got my phone unlocked the mama moose and her baby were in full retreat. I managed to get a picture of their running backsides. After blowing it up, a few times you can tell it's moose and her baby. It makes the Mr. happy to know he saw it. He'd be happier if I'd taken a better pic.
We continue on. I'm still reading and by now, I've finished the Cheetos. He says something about a bridge. I'm not really paying much attention. Then as we are crossing over it, I realize it is the Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory I'd read about a few times while doing my trip research. I had no idea we'd pass over it. Cool, huh? We stopped and took a picture of the bridge and the all important 'selfie' with the bridge in the background.
We continue on our way. When we get to Belfast I tell the Mr. we need to stop at Perry's Nut House. So, we put it into our GPS, but we never could find it. We turned around more then once. Also more then once the GPS lady announced 'arrived' but we never could see it. I have no idea what we did wrong. I guess Perry's Nut House goes on the 'unfinished business list' in Maine.
Eventually we found our way to Boothbay Harbor. We were so ready to get out of the car. Our GPS had also taken us on what appeared to be 'longer then necessary' routes from time to time, so we were tired of sitting!
I had booked Cap'n Fish's Waterfront Inn (63 Atlantic Ave) based on price, location, reviews, and the gorgeous waterfront views. We were not disappointed with our stay. If you'd like to read my review, you can do so here:
After getting settled into our room, the Mr. and I were ready to find something to eat. We took the car, because we had a couple of other stops to make after dinner. For some strange reason sometime in the midst of travel I something 'homey'. Spaghetti sounded good so we ended up in Ports of Italy (47 Commercial St.) Although we didn't have a reservation, it was early and we were seated. The Mr. and I both ordered the Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese ($21). I had a peach Bellini and he had a glass of wine. For dessert we shared the Strudel Di Mele ($9). It turned out to be a kind of pricey craving @ $97.28 including tip. It did hit the spot and the service was nice, so no complaints.
After that we went in search of a laundromat. We were quickly running out of clothes. We found both a laundromat and the local Hannaford's. While we were there we should have bought laundry detergent and gotten some quarters but we did not. We did get beer. After that we went back to our room. Room #39 was at the edge of the building and right outside our door were chairs perfect for sipping an adult beverage and taking in the gorgeous views. The Mr. and I sigh with contentment. This is why we work. This is why we save. This is why I spend months researching our trips. The payoffs are moments like these. Life is good. After the sun goes down we go back into our room. This is going to sound crazy, but we haven't had a television in any of the rooms we've stayed in the last week. We are the kind of people who sleep with the t.v. on so we have kind of missed the noise. We fall asleep happy for more reasons then one.