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Day 40 (10.11.07) - A Very Short Trip in Maine

We stop early so I can take care of some business, so not much to write about and only a few pictures. But we are in Maine finally!

rain 58 °F
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Miles Driven: 81
Weather: Overcast and Raining, high about 58 F

We got off to a good start from the Stony Creek campground and continued east. I was able to check voice mail at the campground using a public phone (it's been over a week since I've had any cell phone signal from AT&T). If you've had trouble getting ahold of us, please try email - it's been much more reliable than cell phone service (I'm using a Sprint data card for the laptop, hmm).

We saw a visitors center in Rumford, Maine and decided to pull over. Unfortunately it was too early for lunch because there were a couple of very yummy looking food vendors there (Apple Crisp & Baked Pototoes). There was also a sign about the Rumford Waterfalls. These are the highest waterfalls east of Niagara Falls in terms of total vertical drop, but there has been so little rain this year that the falls were dry. There is a power plant that also draws off water, but usually there is enough for both. The picture is of the (dry) upper falls, from the looks of the rocks, I think it probably is pretty spectacular when there's enough water.

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The woman at the visitors center recommended a route that would have given us a better view of rural Maine and taken us up into Moose country, but since we are a bit behind on our schedule we decided to keep heading east. We passed some interesting things, including blue fire hydrants. Perhaps a silly thing to take a picture of, but I loved the colors so...

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We drove on and decided to stop for lunch at a diner in Skowhegan. I think I'll let the sign explain the history of the place for me (love it when the town takes care of the hard work for me!).

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Just outside of town we passed an RV park with wi-fi. Although it was only about 1 PM, I have a bunch of work to do on the laptop regarding Dad's place. Sooner or later I was going to have to stop driving and touring and just get this work done, so I decided to pull over. Of course, so far this afternoon I've puttered around and not gotten the work done (I did get the printer installed and a few other things done, but will still have to get that letter written...)

So not much to write about today, maybe we all needed a break!

Mom and I plan to continue east tomorrow, then start down the coast of Maine. Lots of stuff to see still and a lot of driving yet to do. It's supposed to rain again tomorrow (fine with us while we're driving in a warm, dry vehicle), then get nicer and sun again by Monday. That will be nice on the coast!

Posted by jl98584 16:11 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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I still think the trees here are at least as brilliant as the trees out east this year at least. Now the temps here and there are about the same, although its been a lot rainier on this coast. Well, you've finally made it to Maine! 10 days late is not bad, considering all the exploring thats been done, all the pix taken etc. And thats the point, isn't it? Not making MAine by a certain date, but seeing the country. and the weather has been co-operating, staying warmer than usual for you. I would have have gone up to moose country, but you're there and I'm here and you, quite wisely I'm sure, decided not to. You do want to get out of the northeast before it gets too cold. Que

by drque

You're probably right, most of the folks we met in NH & VT said it was a 'dull' year for tree's. However, I can see their deciduous forests go on for mile after mile, with few evergreens, so I suspect that in a better year it probably is quite spectacular. Our WA forests have more evergreens mixed in. In Maine so far, the colors are beautiful but they also have a lot of evergreens mixed in. Perhaps fall colors are just nice, whereever you are.

by jl98584

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