After a 3 day stay along the water at St. Andrew’s in New Brunswick, we headed back across the border for a return stay at Pumpkin Patch RV Park outside of Bangor, Maine. We like this park as it has long, level sites and a very quiet atmosphere. We also found a new job for one of us. One of us likes to play golf.
But finding someone to play with is difficult in a travelling life style. The other person in this group likes to walk for exercise and loves to watch golf on tv (with no desire to play). So we found a job for her that would make both of us happy.
She did a great job as a new caddie, and we both enjoyed it so much we played 18 holes that day and went back for 18 more the next day. Looks like more golf is in our future!
The next day we took a long (250 mile ) trip on the motorcycle north to Moosehead Lake then west to Jackman, ME and back. Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in Maine with over 400 miles of shoreline. Between the lake and Jackman we drove almost 50 miles without seeing another living thing. It’s a very, very desolate area.
As we approached Jackman we passed a very new large brick building that served as the headquarters for the area U.S. Border Patrol. We were please that the guards enjoyed such a nice building but were tempted to go in and ask if they knew that to get to the border with Canada they would need to drive 5 miles into Jackman, turn right, then drive about 20 miles to the border! It would seem logical that the headquarters of the Border Patrol would be located near the border! Ah, our government at work.
While at Pumpkin Patch friends we met there, Bob and Penny Patterson, took us to the nearby town of Orono to visit the legendary Pat’s Pizza Shop. Orono is the home of the University of Maine and Pat’s has been a favorite stop for college kids since 1931. Bob’s father ate at Pat’s when he was a student at UMaine, as did Bob when he was a student, as did Bob’s son when he went to UMaine. If Bob’s father went to Pat’s today he would undoubtedly feel at home as it appears that the place has not been renovated since it opened. But that’s part of the allure of Pat’s, and the pizza is terrific!
We left Bangor after a six day visit and headed for New Hampshire. We were in contact with our friends, Bob and Sandy Silva, who we met at a Discovery Rally last Fall in Tennessee and knew they were at a park along the coast of Maine; so we took the opportunity to see them. But it’s the height of the season on the coast and we couldn’t find a good RV park on such short notice, so we stayed the night at the Wal-Mart just off the interstate in Biddeford, ME. Bob and Sandy were kind enough to pick us up and take us to their motorhome, where we enjoyed a great meal and a nice visit. They then returned us to our Wal-Mart home, saving us the trouble of unhooking our car.
The next day we continued our trip to New Hampshire where we are now parked at the Newfound Lake RV Park next to beautiful Newfound Lake.
We’ll be in New Hampshire for 6 days before we head back to Clayton, NY for another visit with Pam’s mother. More on that later . . .