After checking into our hotel in Boothbay we crossed the harbor via the pedestrian bridge and wandered around town for a bit.
After a way good Sunday breakfast we headed for the Botanic Garden. This garden, opened in 2007. It was great then. And it has only gotten bigger and better. Each summer they feature work by a sculptor. This summer's exhibit features George Sherwood’s kinetic sculptures.
|Sculpture by George Sherwood...|
suspended metal disks reflect light.
|View at Ocean Point|
Next morning after breakfast we took a short side trip to Damariscotta to see the shops and then head toward Freeport. We arrive in time for a late lunch at Linda Bean’s - lobster for Pat and haddock for Bill with a nice New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
After lunch we enjoyed our shopping spree at LL Bean...spending Bill's birthday gift card from his Mom.
While walking back to the car we have an unexpected encounter with the daughter of one of neighbors from when we lived in Sudbury MA (1972-1984), Lorraine, her husband Burns and daughter Gracie. They were in the area visiting potential universities for Gracie (Colby, Bates and Bowdoin), and being solid New Englanders they were making the obligatory Freeport shopping stops (outlets and LL Bean).
|With Lorraine, Burns & Gracie in Freeport.|
Lorraine is sooo... much better at taking selfies than I am. Sigh.
|At a shop in Portland: Maple Syrup from Foss Hill Farm,|
Produced and packaged by childhood friend Barb Crispell
|NC Wyeth: Dark Harbor Fishermen 1943|
|Bernard Langlais: Indian Jungle Scene 1966|
We were having withdrawal symptom and had to stop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods for snacks. Upon our return to Freeport we also visited "When Pigs Fly" (a fabulous bakery featuring a broad range of crusty breads).
Thursday we shop around Freeport and visit Linda Bean again for lunch. Pat had steamers (steamed clams) and Bill had more scallops. All washed down with a Steele Chardonnay. And we had the blueberry pie for dessert. A great traditional meal.
Next morning after breakfast the four of us scaled Mt Sabbatus, 1.4 mile loop to the 1253 foot summit. It was what Terry would call a "roots and rocks" trail, but we managed it easily and enjoyed the views from the top.
|At the summit of Mt Sabbatus|
|View from Mt Sabbatus...looking over Southern NH|
|Bread From When Pigs Fly: Sun-Dried Tomato with Fresh Basil|