Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday was beach day for the camp, so off we went to Reid Beach State Park. We started off with lunch for everyone at the picnic shelter and then moved over to the beach. It was low tide, so there was a lot of contrasting colors and contours.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I had the day off today, so I went to Portland to hang out. The foggy, misty weather was appropriate for this New England port city. Old Port is the section of town I like to go to. It's close to the waterfront and filled with shops and bars and restaurants. Although there are a few modern buildings scattered about, most of Old Port consists of older brick buildings with a lot of them being warehouse type buildings.
Rí Rá Irish Pub
I've been sampling the fish n chips in Portland. I've been to Dry Dock Restaurant and Tavern, Gilbert's Chowder House and Rí Rá. Gilbert's weren't that good and the most expensive of the three. Dry Dock was a good value and tasted good, but had the smallest portion of the three. Rí Rá is, by far, the best of them. Fresh haddock dipped in a beer batter that was light and crispy. And, of course, a 7&7 to wash it down. One of better orders of fish n chips I've ever had; almost on par with the order I got at a Britsh pub in Gibraltar.
Java Net Café
Monday, July 20, 2009
Now I know why Augusta is referred to as "Disgusta." For the life of me, I've never seen so much vinyl and aluminum siding. One of the most drab and boring cities I've ever seen. I desperately sought out an old section of town with regal stone and brick houses, but none were found. Is it asking too much to at least have a porch on a house? There were numerous houses with a flat front and a small stoop leading to the front door.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
On Monday, I took three campers and another counselor on a camping/hiking trip up Burnt Mtn. We camped Monday night and hiked to the summit the next day. Burnt Mtn. is due east of Sugarloaf Mtn. in west central Maine. The trailhead is at an elevation of about 1700' and the peak is approximately 3600', so it was a pretty challenging hike for the young gals. The majority of the hike was under a canopy of white birch. When we neared the ridgeline, the birch turned to small pine trees and then to a mostly rocky surface with patchy grasses and wildfllowers.
It took us 2 hours to summit and we enjoyed a sack lunch up top. The brisk wind chased us off sooner than we wanted, but that's the way it goes.