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Day 49 (10.20.07) - We stay put, rest & reflect

No pic's today, no sightseeing, just catching up & resting

overcast 60 °F
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Miles driven: 0
Weather: Hard Rain last night, overcast but temperate (60 F) today
Camped at KOA in Seco, Maine (15 miles SE of Portland).

Summary: While we've been in Maine a long time and are quite ready to head on south a bit, I felt I really needed to stop and just sit for a day, so we did.

The KOA we stayed in last night is open one more night, tonight - then will close down for winter. We've been on the road for seven weeks, the last four days without plugging in, emptying tanks, etc. Laundry had piled up, the RV was quite dirty (no vacumming without electricity). We took advantage of the daily pancake breakfast put on by the RV park (not free, but OK), then did our chores for a couple of hours.

I have about 500,000 things I wanted to get caught up on during our down time, but as usual, have overestimated my capabilities and probably won't get them all done.

Most of the afternoon, I've spent picking Mom's brain and adding some more information to the family history (trying to add some 'color' also, stories etc.). Being new to the software still, I was trying to add a second spouse to somebody and had the first husband marrying the second husband! (It took a while, but I've got that fixed now and figured out how to do it right).

Reflecting a bit on the trip so far, I'd have to say it has met and greatly exceeded my expectations. One thing I wanted to do was to reconnect with just how rural and beautiful the country really is. At home, I often drive through fairly populated areas. It often feels as if the whole country is one big strip mall! This is NOT true, although it still feels this way when we drive through the bigger cities. Most of the time however, we've been driving through very beautiful and rural scenery - lots of open land, farms and interesting architecture. Maybe it's good most of us live in cities so we keep the open area's open?

Another thing that strikes me is how nice people still are for the most part. The news media has such a negative slant, sometimes it feels as if the world is coming apart at the seams. Maybe, but also I think it's because all the good stuff that happens just isn't considered newsworthy - even if it greatly outweighs the bad. Joe Doe took his kids to school today, Kid xyz turned in his homework and studied for his tests, or whatever. But just about everywhere we've been, folks have been kind, helpful and trustworthy. So far, nothing has been stolen or damaged (except by my mistakes - although nothing serious). Sometimes people go way beyond the 'call of duty' to help us out or give us information. We've met a lot of interesting and nice people, both fellow travellers and local folks who seem genuinely interested in us, where we're from, etc.

We have a long way to go yet, but I expect we'll continue to see the same trends. I hope to continue to find places that are just really cool - but didn't make it into the travel guides, interesting people who don't mind helping strangers still, kids that wave at out of town RV's, and an occasional 'character' or two. I miss my house and hobbies at home, but I also am really enjoying all the things we're seeing and doing and wish we had time for more.

Posted by jl98584 14:27 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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