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Post #98 - Maine - May 17 through June 25, 2018

We have survived our first six weeks in Maine and are settled into our summer site. We arrived on Thursday, May 17th and the black flies were HORRENDOUS; I was trying to direct Marty into our spot but had to constantly wave bugs out of my face, we’re lucky he didn’t land in the creek! We had been warned but nothing can really prepare you for how bad they are. Luckily, we had our head nets from our adventure on the Mississippi River back in 2014 and they helped a little. The black flies lasted about three weeks and then it was mosquito season - yikes! We seriously wondered what we had gotten into and considered leaving but as I write this on June 23rd, the bugs have died down.

Our summer spot and the empty caretakers cabin
Raising the 1790's Flag

The grounds here are beautiful, we are parked behind the empty caretakers house (which we have the use of). Down the road from us are the water hand pump, the smoke-house and settlers cabin. Across the covered bridge over Blackman’s Creek are the water powered sawmill, the blacksmith shop, the sawyer’s house (used for spinning wheel demonstrations) and other “old-timey” buildings. Up the hill is the gift shop (where I work), the machine shop, and the saw mill complex. The parking lot is at the top of the hill and there is a gate that is kept closed so there are no cars except our truck. It’s very peaceful and now that the worst of the bugs are gone it’s a pretty nice place to be.
The sawmill (shot in infrared)
Night sky over Blackman's Creek
We are roughing it this summer. We are not connected to electricity but we do have solar panels and the use of a generator. We turn the generator on for about 1/2 hour in the morning to make coffee and then turn it on again in the evening for another hour to watch the news and Jeopardy and to make dinner. It hasn't been too hot yet so we're ok without A/C for now. We aren’t connected to sewer but the museum did buy a “blue-boy” portable tank that we can use to dump our waste into and then Marty loads it into the truck and dumps it into an outhouse. We also have the use of the caretaker cabins bathroom and 6 outhouses (TMI?). We get our water from a well which is electronically (generator) pumped into a cistern which is located on the second floor of the cabin. We then fill our tanks from the cistern. It seemed a bit overwhelming when we first arrived but we’ve settled into a regular routine. We have no internet or cell service but we can get a signal at the top of the hill. We have also found a spot that we can drive to about 1/2 mile down the road which has a decent signal. Our boss, Sherry, has an office in the Forest Service building and we can go in their to plug in and catch up (Monday- Friday). I think not having internet and cell service in our rig has been the hardest adjustment. You don’t realize how much you use the internet until you don’t have it at your fingertips.

Our view (osprey net) as we sit in our truck downloading
We are near Bangor and do most of our shopping and dining our there. Our first purchase at Walmart was a Bug-Zapper! The mosquitoes have gotten into the rig and are very annoying! The bug zapper didn’t work so it was returned and we bought a dust buster. The dust buster works pretty well for sucking up mosquitoes. We also use a fly swatter and I’ve killed quite a few with my hands - whatever it takes!

The Maine Forest and Logging Museum
The museum has five main events and we’re here for four of them. Children’s Days were May 23 -25; three days of school groups (about 300 kids a day). All the buildings were open with activities and demonstrations for the kids. They could make necklaces with a tin punch, bookmarks with quills and stencils, and catch alewives with their hands and move them over to the fish ladder. There were old fashioned games set out that they could play (checkers, tic-tac-toe, tug of war), wooden stilts to try walking with. There were horse drawn wagon rides available, with two beautiful Percheron horses, Amos and Andy. It was a very busy three days, the kids all seemed to have a really good time and we’ve even had a few come back with their parents.

The next event was Alewife Day on Saturday, May 26th. There were over a million alewives swimming upstream this season and they were pretty easy to catch. On Thursday Marty helped set up the smokehouse and then tended it. On Saturday smoked alewife samples were available for tasting.

Alewives, swimming upstream
Catching alewives with nets
Preparing smokehouse for the alewives
48 hours of smoking and they're ready for human consumption (or lobster bait)

The next big event was a cross country run held on June 16th. That was also the day we had the “Axe Women of Maine” here for three shows. The run was 3.8 miles down a logging road and thru the forest. The museum complex is on over 400 acres of the 4000 +/- Penobscot Experimental Forest.

The Axe Women show was pretty cool. They did log rolling with a “peavy” (log rolling stick), demonstrations of log chopping with axes, and showed off their axe throwing skills.

The Axe Women of Maine

Showing off their chopping skills
Beanhole beans are very popular in Maine and were served all day along with biscuits to all who wanted them. The beans were soaked and then the pots were buried overnight in hot coals. They are cooked with molasses, onions and salt pork. The biscuits were also cooked outside.

Preparing the beans
Tending the fire

Lowering the beans into the fire pit for overnight cooking
Here's a link to the beanhole cooking process as shared by our boss, Sherry (double-click):

I worked in the gift shop all day with Ruth; Marty spent the day hanging out with the guys giving rides on the steam powered Lombard Log Hauler.  The Lombard Log Hauler was used in the woods of Maine in the early 1900's.  The museum has two steam powered log haulers, one is operable and it's quite a big deal when it's operating.  They run it maybe four times a year and we got to see it running on June 16th.  Marty even got to drive it and took me for a ride! Here's a link to the Lombard Log Hauler running:

Riding in the Lombard Log Hauler

Our Day Trips
We drove through Acadia National Park on Monday, May 21st. We took the loop road up to Cadillac Mountain and drove past some of the famous carriage roads.  We will be back with our bicycles to check them out.

At the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park
A gull enjoying the view from Cadillac Mountain

On Sunday, May 28th we took a drive to the coast. We stopped at West Quoddy State Park which is the eastern most point in the continental United States. We took some pictures of the lighthouse and did a little bit of hiking. There are no bugs along the coast!

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine
On the following Sunday (6/3) we drove south to Freeport, Maine to check out the LL Bean Flagship store. It’s quite a complex with the flagship store, the bikes and boats store, home supply store and an outlet store. There’s even an outlet mall of other stores across the street. I found two nice flannel shirts on the clearance rack in the main store for 10.00 each, I think that’s a pretty good deal!

Our next sightseeing day was on Monday, 6/11 (Happy Birthday Rick and Derek). We drove to Fort Knox State Park and Observatory. The observatory is 400’ high with windows on all four sides overlooking the Penobscot River -- beautiful views. The observatory is actually part of the bridge structure. After the observatory we took a stroll thru Fort Knox State Park. It seems like we’ve seen quite a few forts this year - I liked this one because they have overnights there in October; “fright at the fort”, what a fun idea for kids (very brave kids).

Looking out over the Penobscot River from inside the observatory

Inside Fort Knox State Park
Which way should we go?
We had a nice drive west to Moosehead Lake on Sunday, June 17th. On our way there, we stopped at the Appalachian Trail and hiked a bit of it (a very little bit). Once we got near Moosehead Lake (largest lake in Maine) we stopped at the visitor center and the young woman working there suggested we take a loop drive. We drove along the lake and then turned west (and south) and drove along the Kennebac river. Moxie Falls looked like a nice hike so we stopped there and hiked the mile trail to the falls. Once back in the car we discovered the Kennebac River Brewery and stopped for a late lunch
Getting up close and personal

Moxie Falls


Campobello Island, summer home of the Franklin Roosevelt Family
On Wednesday, 6/20, we drove 2 1/2 hours back to the coast to Campobello Island. Campobello Island was the summer home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s a 34 room “cottage” on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Campobello Island is actually in New Brunswick, Canada but since it’s considered an international park half of the employees are American and the other half are Canadian. We took a tour of the amazing cottage and then had lunch on the porch of an adjoining cottage.

Megaphone used by Eleanor to call in her five children

On the shore of Campobello Island

We don’t always go sightseeing on our days off, sometimes we have local adventures. On Tuesday, 6/19, we got our bikes out and took a ride on the logging road. Unfortunately it had rained the day before so there were very large puddles. Rather than turn around and ride the 4.5 miles back on the logging road we decided when we got to the end to take paved roads back. We ended up doing a 15 mile loop road on somewhat hilly roads. It was a good ride but next time we’ll be dressed more appropriately and we’ll bring water.

Well that's it for the first six weeks of our Maine adventure.  We still have lots of exploring to do so stay tuned!

Miama to Maine (4/15 - 5/16/2018)

We are currently in Maine with no internet where we’re staying; We can drive down the road about 1/2 mile to check emails but to do the blog takes a little more planning and work than usual.  The laundry mart has decent wi-fi and we can also use the Forest Service Office during working hours - we'll make this work!

We spent April 15th thru May 15th traveling north from Miami to our summer destination of Bradley Maine.  We drove more than 1500 miles and spent nights in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.  We spent time with the Winchell Family in Mobile, Alabama for Emily and Chris Coleman’s very fun wedding, we visited Linn and Terry in Reston, VA and got to see our newest great-nephew, Jacks Schmidt, also in Reston VA.  We had a fun month of travel and now we're looking forward to a fun summer in Maine.

We left Miami, Florida on Sunday April 15th and headed north.  Our first stop was in Wauchula, Florida where we spent four nights at the "SKP Resort" Escapees Park.  We visited Highland Hammocks State Park and did a little hiking and visited their very interesting museum about the CCC.  From there we drove about 1 1/2 hours west to Brandon, Florida which has a PORTILLO’S!  This very happy girl had a piece of their lemon cake which they sell for a limited time once a year.  I won’t get another piece of this cake until next year unless someone from my family freezes one for me back in Chicago (hint, hint).

From Wauchula we continued our drive north to Stephen C. Foster Folk Center State Park in White Springs, Florida. 

About fifty miles south of the park we had our very first tire blow-out on the 5th wheel!
We were on I-75 in the middle lane and Marty very carefully slowed down and got us over to the shoulder.  He got the spare put on and we were back on the road within an hour. 

The Stephen C. Foster Folk Center is situated on the banks of the Suwanee River.  They have a Stephen C. Foster Museum and they also have a Carillon (Bell) Tower which houses some more memorabilia. The bells weren't ringing during our stay there because the tower had been hit by lightning and was still being repaired.

Our very large, beautiful campsite
 Our campsite was a very large (90’) pull-thru. The sites are separated by trees so you have lots of privacy.  There were some nice hiking trails and it was a short walk to the river.  There was a nice gift shop with lots of locally crafted items.  They also had a “craft village”, an area of cabins where craftspeople work and you could watch.  They have bluegrass jam sessions every Friday Night, of course we went and Marty played.  In late May they host a big bluegrass festival which must be amazing. 

Way down upon the Suwanee River.......



We left Stephen Foster Folk Center on Monday (4/23) and headed west on I-10 to our next destination of Mobile, Alabama for the wedding of our niece, Emily Winchell to Chris Coleman.  We had planned to break up the drive by staying in a Wal-Mart parking lot but the drive was pretty easy so we kept going and drove 366 miles to Creola, Alabama (just north of Mobile).  We found a county park, River Delta Marina and Campground, which was perfectly situated to where we needed to be.  This is a very nice county campground and with our senior discount it was only $15.28 per night!  We have found county parks and COE parks to be inexpensive and scenic options for camping (especially as we get those senior discounts).

As we were driving to Alabama from Florida Marty noticed that our rig seemed to be leaning towards the right side.  When we got to our campground he crawled under it and found that our leaf spring was broken in half - yikes!

Sprung Spring!
He took a picture and on Tuesday we found Johnny's RV Repair Center and they could fix it once they located a part.  The woman in the office (Mary) was incredibly helpful and called numerous places trying to find our part.  The only place that seemed likely to have it (Porters) needed more information so we drove over there to find out what exactly they needed.  Then we drove back to the rig to take measurements.  Then back to Porters with the dimensions so he could get it ordered.  He had the part on Thursday, we picked it up and went back to Johnny’s to set up the repair for Monday morning.  We arranged to stay overnight in their lot on Sunday night so they could fix it and we could get on the road at a reasonable time on Monday.  We were very happy to have this all arranged so we could enjoy the rest of the wedding week without worries about the rig.

Chris and Emily Get Married

We met up with Amie (Marty’s sister), her daughter Becky Winchell and five of Becky’s seven kids for dinner on Thursday (wedding eve-eve).  It was a good chance to catch up before the wedding. 

Friday was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner at Moe’s Original Bar-B-Q. This is quite a wedding - 11 couples are standing up with them; all four of her sisters and her two brothers plus many of their friends.  It’s nice when you’re from a large family and can have all your sibling in the wedding party. 

Wedding Party during the service

"parading" to reception
The beautiful Winchell sisters

The wedding on Saturday was amazing.  The weather was perfect.  The bride was beautiful (of course) and the whole bridal party looked amazing.  The wedding was held at St. Joseph Chapel on the grounds of Spring Hill College (where they met) and from the chapel we were led the four blocks to the reception by a Dixieland 4 piece band.  The bride and groom held feathered parasols above their heads and the whole crowd waved white hankies (handed out as we left the church) above their heads.  It was so much fun, I’ve never paraded to a wedding reception before.   The reception was held at  Stewardfield which is a mansion on campus. The food and dancing were outside under tents and the house was also open. There was a live nine piece band and they played a lot of Motown!  They were incredible and really got the crowd dancing.  Marty even got up on the stage at one point and sang with them!  I could go on and on but I’ll just finish by saying this wedding was definitely one of the most fun ones we’ve been to.

Marty covering Earth, Wind & Fire
We clean up well, don't we?


On Sunday it was back to reality.  We packed up our rig and drove about 1/2 hour to Johnny’s RV Center where we settled in for the night.  We stayed overnight there so that we’d be taken care of early on Monday (and we were).  Our rig was fixed by noon and we were back on the road.

We spent three nights at a COE Park (Corps of Engineers) in Montgomery, Alabama.   The cost was supposed to be 26.00 per night with full hook-ups.  However, when we started talking to the couple in the office and said we’d be 62 this year he said since we’re in the year of turning 62 and have a National Park Service pass we were eligible for the 50% discount - YAY!!  Instead of 78.00 for three nights we only paid 39.00! We are definitely going to be looking for more COE parks in our travels. 

There is so much to see and do in the Montgomery area.  We left our campground and planned to drive about 1 1/2 hours south to Monroeville but the road we were on happened to be the same road (U.S. Hwy 80) that the March from Selma to Montgomery took place on.  We stopped at the Lowdnes Visitor Center and watched a short film about the march and then checked out the exhibits. 
Here's some information from the Visitor's Center:

A pair of shoes worn during the 54 mile march
     "On March 7, 1965, Rev. Hosea Williams and John Lewis stepped from the pulpit of Brown Chapel Church and led 600 marchers toward Montgomery. After just six blocks, Sheriff Jimmy Clark's mounted deputies and state troopers, dispatched by Gov. George Wallace, attacked the group with nightsticks and tear gas as the crossed the Edmud Pettus Bridge, injuring dozens. America was shocked by the brutal images of what became known as "Bloody Sunday".
     Two Weeks later, religious leaders from throughout the country joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the march. Alabama National Guardsmen and Army troops protected the court-ordered limit of 300 marchers as they walked along U.S. Hwy 80 during the day and slept in the fields at night. They covered the 54 miles between Selma and Mongomery's State Capitol in four days." 

     "Viola Liuzzo, a 39-year-old white mother of five from Detroit, was shot while shuttling marchers back to Selma. Her death outraged moderates, and President Lyndon Johnson was emboldened to push the stalled Votings Rights Bill through Congress." 
We continued driving south down Hwy 80 and stopped in Selma to walk across the Edmund Pettis Bridge. I’m sure you’ve seen documentaries or the movie “Selma” but to actually walk across the bridge where the march to Montgomery started and so many people were attacked and beaten is chilling.  I’m so glad that things have changed and African-Americans don’t have to worry about being shot or beaten simply because of their skin color - oops, sorry I guess I was dreaming. 

From Selma we drove down to Monroeville which was about an hour away, we had to go there since Harper Lee and Truman Capote both lived there (right next door to each other).  "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of my favorite books and oddly so is "In Cold Blood" (I have very eclectic tastes in reading).  As I’m writing this I realized that as good as both books were the movies were just as good and that’s not usually the case. 

Hanging out with Scout, Jem, and Dill
We were able to walk around the courthouse where Harper Lee’s father had his law office.  There was much more information about Truman Capote’s life than Harper Lee’s (her papers haven't been donated, I believe there is some kind of issue with settling her estate).

From the courthouse we walked the two blocks to the street where they grew up. Neither house is still standing although there is a partial stone wall on the property where Truman Capote lived.  We ate lunch on the property of Harper Lee’s house; it’s now a Dairy Bar. 

The law office of Harper Lee's father

and inside the courthouse

Outside the courthouse


We spent a day in Montgomery visiting the newly opened Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. 

Our first stop was at the Memorial, here is some information from their brochure: "The National Memorial is designed to take visitors on a journey from slavery, through lynching and racial terror and into the modern era of mass incarceration".



There are more than 800 steel monuments, one for each county in the United States where a racial terror lynching took place (including Cook County, IL!)  The names of the lynching victims and the dates when these lynchings occurred are engraved on the columns. 

Jars and Jars of dirt from lynching sites around the country
The Memorial and Museum are about one mile apart.  The Legacy Museum is located on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama.  It is a small museum that is packed with information and history about lynchings that occurred after the Civil War and the mass incarceration of African Americans that is still going on today.

Here are a few of the reasons people were lynched:



After almost two weeks in Alabama it was time to continue our northward travels. We left Alabama on May 3rd and spent that night in an Eastern Tennessee Walmart.  We had reservations for the weekend at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virgina but, while at the WalMart, Marty noticed that three of our rig tires looked worn.  Since we had just replaced one (due to the blowout) we decided to go ahead and replace the other three.  There was a tire shop in Wytheville, VA just a little east of the state park so we stopped there first and replaced the three tires.  We finally got settled at Hungry Mother S.P. and had a quiet weekend.  This park is located in the Blue Ridge mountains and has lots of hiking and biking trails. 

The one "touristy" thing we did while in this area was visit Mt. Airy, NC, home of Andy Griffith.  We toured the Andy Griffith Museum and ate lunch at an “old-timey” soda fountain diner.  Donna Fargo was also born in Mt. Airy but when I asked at the Museum if they had any information about her I was told “this is the Andy Griffith Museum”. 

Downtown Mayberry, oops I mean Mt. Airy, NC

We left Hungry Mother State Park on Monday, May 7th and headed east on beautiful Interstate 84 to Reston, Virginia.  It was a pretty easy 325 mile drive and we arrived at our next campground, Lake Fairfax County Park, around 4:00.  A very nice campground but all the sites only have electric.  We stopped at the water spigot to fill up our fresh water tanks and we’ll stop on our way out to dump our grey and black water tanks.  $45.00 a night for just electricity is pricey but the location can’t be beat.  We are a 10 minute drive from Marty’s sister Linn and her husband Terry and also 10 minutes from our nephew, Kevin and his family.

Once we were all set up we took a drive over to Linn and Terry’s house.  They drove us to a Japanese restaurant, Ariake, where each couple ordered a “Bento Box” which contained an assortment of items.  Marty ate everything with fish and I ate the chicken.  We both ate the veggies and it was all very good. This was a neat little restaurant housed in an old McDonalds.

On Tuesday morning (5/8) Terry drove Linn, Marty and I to the subway in Reston which took us into Washington D.C.  Most museums in Washington are free but we decided to visit one that wasn't,  the Newseum.  Our money was well-spent, the Newseum "promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment.  Outside the museum they have the front page of one newspaper from every state, we got up to the O’s and then headed inside.  There were
six floors of exhibits, impossible to see and read everything in one day, we did the best we could.  

And now for the rest of the story......

Standing in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall

From the Newseum we grabbed a quick snack at a food truck and then headed into the National Archives.  We didn’t have enough time to tour the building, just visited the gift shop for some postcards. There was a kiosk in the gift shop where you can enter your last name and find out the origin.  I entered my maiden name, Merkes, and this is what I found out:

“The meaning of Merkes”: Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Merke, Mirke (see Mirkin).

Since our family has been Catholic since they came over from Germany this was a bit of a surprise. 

Terry picked us up back at the subway in Reston and we went out to dinner at a Vietnamese Restaurant, Pho 75 Dulles.  Another very good meal!

At the Observation Tower
On Wednesday Marty and I had some errands to run as did Linn and Terry.  We met them for lunch at an Indian Buffet - Angeethi.  The food was good but it stayed with me, I could taste the curry for two days.  After lunch we chilled for a while before heading to the Smithonian Air and Space museum near Dulles Airport. Our first stop there was the Observation Tower where you can watch the planes landing at Washington Dulles International Airport.  Then we just wandered the museum looking at the historic airplanes.  The Enola Gay is here as is the Space Shuttle Discovery.  There were a lot of older gentlemen being escorted around, they were on an honor flight from the Chicago area - how cool is that?  I talked to a few of them, they were mostly Korean war veterans from the south suburbs.

standing at the back of the Discovery Space Shuttle

Mary, Linn, and Terry enjoying dinner
After the museum we headed back to Reston where Linn made us a delicious pulled chicken dinner and we had a very enjoyable evening hanging out and watching videos of past vacations.  They’ve been on some amazing trips!  Terry put together a video of their photos set to music of their Africa trip - quite impressive.  We also watched the YouTube video that Marty did of our trip bicycle trip with them to the Baltics in 2014 - such good memories!  We are going on another bike trip with them this October to Belgium and the Netherlands. 

We have more family living in Reston, our nephew Kevin, his wife Mary and their one month old baby, Jacks Benedict Schmidt.  We stopped by on Thursday morning for a quick visit and baby snuggle.  Jacks is the 19th great nephew/niece born on my side and we have a new great niece coming in June - Wow!  When we left Chicago back in October of 2013 we only had 8, this family just keeps growing.  On Marty’s side we even have one great-great niece, 4 year old Mila. 

Jacks Bendict Schmidt - I think he likes me!



We left Reston on Friday Morning following Terry’s excellent directions on avoiding tollways.  Bath, Pennsylvania was our next stop and we spent four night there.  Why Bath, Pennsylvania?  It just happens to be the closest campground we could find near Nazareth, PA which is where Martin guitars are made.  They offer weekday tours of their factory and on Monday we took the tour. 

The campground we stayed at was nice but with very tight spots to get in and out of.  It was wooded and right in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.  When we checked in I looked over the “rules and regulations” and noticed that you can’t walk your dog after dusk.  When I asked why, they told me it was because of the bears.  Ok, we’ll keep Maddie inside and we’ll stay inside with her to keep her company. 

Saturday and Sunday were both very rainy days.  The rain was no problem because we had cable with the MLB station and the Cubs were playing the White Sox and we got to watch the games!  We did do some Walmart shopping on Saturday and on Sunday we drove over to Bethlehem to check out the town.  It was still raining so we couldn't get out and walk around but we did happen to notice there was a Hollywood Casino so we spent some time in there.  It was a good place to spend a rainy afternoon, there was a mall with a food court attached to the casino so we didn’t spend our whole time gambling (just most of it). 

"I pulled into Nazareth...."
On Monday morning we headed over to Nazareth and toured the Martin Guitar factory.  The tours are hourly so we had to wait about 45 minutes but they have a very nice museum and gift shop so the time went quickly.  Walking through the factory was fascinating, you see the guitar making process from start to finish. 

Ok Marty, we can go in and watch them make guitars

Clothespins, low-tech but effective
Sanding braces


Tuesday was another travel day.  We drove through five states (Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire)  We spent the night in a Walmart parking lot, one of the nicest ones as far as nearby amenities - there was a Michaels Craft Store, a dollar store and a grocery store in the same parking lot and a Panera’s right next door. 

Wednesday (5/16) was our last full day of traveling - YAY!  We left New Hampshire and crossed over the Connecticut River west back into Vermont to head north on 91.  I 91 is one of the prettiest highways we’ve ever been on and hopefully when we leave Maine we’ll be able to spend some time in Vermont.  From I 91 North we got on Highway 2 east across New Hampshire and finally into Maine.  Highway 2 has lots of warning signs to look out for moose but  sadly we didn’t see any. 

We are spending the summer at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum but since we won’t have any utilities there we decided to spend one last night in a full hook-up campground 3 miles south of the museum.  We set up our rig and then took the short drive to the museum to check out our summer home and meet our new boss.  You’ll have to wait until my next post to read about Maine.  I will tell you this much, it's "buggy" and beautiful.  Here's a link to the museum where we're working: