Sunday, May 30, 2004

Heading Down East

We got up early and packed to leave for Maine. We had breakfast at Paul's on our way out of Cheshire and dropped in on Grandma. Then we headed north to Maine.

The drive was pleasant but took a little longer than we had expected. We stopped in Kennebunk to visit the Seashore Trolley Museum, something I had been interested in for a couple of years. I was a bit disappointed that most of their vast inventory of old trolley cars was not available for public viewing. But we went for a trolley ride and saw a lot of old trolleys including a double-decker trolley from the UK, some cute 1920s trolleys and one from the early 1900s.

By the time we had finished at the Trolley Museum, it was too late to also make the Shaker Museum at Sabbathday Lake. At this point we had also realized that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to travel over Memorial Day weekend without a hotel reservation. We decided that Portland, being the largest city in Maine, would be our best bet for being certain of finding a room, so we headed there.

We had no idea where to go in Portland, but the waterfront sounded like a good idea and we soon found ourselves in the historic quarter fronting the harbor. We found the prices at the Garden Hilton pretty reasonable for what they offered, so we got a room and then went to explore the area. It was obvious that a lot of renovation had been going on in the past few years because all the old brick warehouses had become restaurants, shops and ice cream parlors. We had a nice dinner and browsed a a few stores, enjoying the street musicians and trying to avoid the street preachers.

Back at the hotel I went to the gym and then we got online and settled on a place to stay in Boothbay Harbor the next night. After our reservation was made, we relaxed with a bit of television and tea.

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