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back from Maine [Aug. 17th, 2008|03:20 pm]
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Well, we're back from Maine! Here are pictures, and trip recap is behind the cut:

Left on Wednesday and, after the plane stopped in Baltimore (thought the flight was non-stop but apparently not), made it to Manchester, NH. The Southwest gate agent in Baltimore was nice enough to let us off the plane for a few minutes so we could grab some dinner. It was weird being in an airport that we were so familiar with!

My family picked us up and we drove back to Old Orchard Beach, ME. The cottage we were staying in was small (and the stairs were creaky!) but nice enough. The next day we walked down to the beach and walked along the beach for a while. We walked around town and picked up some souvenirs, including a half-pound of fudge and almost three pounds of Jelly Bellys. (this is too many Jelly Bellys, by the way)

I tried lobster for the first time - it was...OK, but nothing spectacular.

Thursday afternoon we walked around Portland and saw something about a renewable feast being put on by Cultivating Community. Of course, the whole eating local thing was offset by the fact that we flew up there, but whatever. The food was pretty good, although the meal lasted for a while and it was quite chilly by the end.

Friday we walked around the beach some more and almost played a game of mini-golf before Aunt Rebecca, Uncle Barrett and company arrived. Walked around some more with them and had a nice dinner at a local place.

Saturday morning we walked down to play some mini-golf before dropping wonderjess off at the train station and driving back to Manchester for our flights. We barely took off before a thunderstorm rolled in, and in fact we barely landed in Austin before thunderstorms came in (or at least the rest of the flights were delayed).

It was nice to have some time off!

From: spchampion
2008-08-17 10:49 pm (UTC)
You were right in my new backyard! Manchester is about 45 minutes from where I live now.
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From: spchampion
2008-08-17 10:50 pm (UTC)
And Gwen works in Portland! Wish I knew you two were coming...
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2008-08-18 06:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh, sorry we missed y'all! Although we were with family and didn't have a car of our own...
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[User Picture]From: wildrice13
2008-08-19 06:39 pm (UTC)
I will help with the Jelly Bellys (Bellies? when it's part of a proper noun? hmm...).

Did you have the whole lobster, or just the tail? And did you have it with drawn butter? And was it seasoned at all? These things make a huge difference. The lobster I got while we were on our cruise was some of the most delicious stuff ever...

Yay for beating thunderstorms and time off! Good to have you back, though :)
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2008-08-19 07:13 pm (UTC)
We had a lobster roll, so it was a little seasoned with mayonnaise. Maybe if I had had the full lobster experience it would have been different :-)
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[User Picture]From: wildrice13
2008-08-19 07:28 pm (UTC)
The tail is really what you want. Claw meat is good too. But having the whole thing is just a lot of work for not much reward. And I would guess a lobster roll would vary widely depending where you get it and what parts of the lobster they take their meat from.
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