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I spent the early afternoon at the 9/11 memorial in Fair Haven, Vermont. I remember exactly where I was on September 11, 2001. I was at work. I remember that because I was planning on going to go to downtown Manhattan early in the morning on September 11th because I always had off on Tuesdays because my boss had me close on the weekends, come in early on Monday, and then gave me Tuesday off. That week though, for some reason he didn’t schedule me for Sunday, so I had to work on Tuesday. I reflected on that, as I gave my thoughts to those who lost their lives, and those who had to live without their loved ones.
I finally made it to my third stop, Chittenden Brook at the Green Mountain National Forest in Chittenden, Vermont. I set up my tent, had lunch, and then called it an early night.
I stopped at Quechee Gorge at Quechee State Park in Quechee, Vermont. I picked up some souvenirs and then headed north. I stayed at the Fair Haven Service Plaza in Fair Haven, Vermont, for the night.
While I was still in Hooksett, I headed to Robie’s Country Store. It’s been in business since 1887, and the current building has been pretty much unchanged since 1919, when it was rebuilt after the old one was destroyed by a fire. I got a geocache while I was here. That night, I headed back up to Sue’s Seafood in Kittery, Maine to pick up another geocache. I spent the night at the Springfield, New Hampshire rest area.
For lunch, I had a lobster roll, salt and vinegar potato chips, and blueberry pop at Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine in the Kennebunk South Plaza. After that, I headed to the beach again, this time to Hampton Beach in Hampton, New Hampshire. Unlike the other times I went to the beach on this trip, it was 95 degrees so I went into the water. I definitely wasn’t the only one either. 😉 I spent the night at the New Hampshire Welcome Center and Liquor and Wine Outlet in Hooksett, New Hampshire.
I had breakfast in Bangor, Maine, at one of the last two remaining Howard Johnson Restaurants. I had Chili Cheese Scrambled eggs, with hash browns, and orange juice. I stopped at the 50’s themed McDonald’s in Brewer, Maine to get on the Wi-Fi, then spent the night at Kennebunk Plaza South.
I stopped at Portland, Maine on the way up to my destination for the day. I read about the Boothbay Railway Village in Kittery, so I had to check it out. It’s a living village that has cars, trains, and equipment from eras from the 1800s to the 1960s. It had a steam engine which went around the town, and an inspection car, as well as a Ford Model T. There was so much to do there, that I ended up spending 3 hours seeing everything. My back was killing me when I was done, but it was worth it. I spent the night at the rest area in Hampden, Maine.
I decided I’d hit the beach while I was still in a state that had an ocean border, so I headed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. On the way, I stopped and took a few pictures that I thought were interesting, such as the Monkey Trunks obstacle course and Chocorua Lake Conservancy in Chocorua, New Hampshire. I stopped at Petey’s Seafood and Bar for dinner. I had steamed lobster tail, a small bowl of clam chowder, and pink lemonade. The clam chowder was great. It was seasoned with quite a bit of black pepper, which made it tasty, but not so much that it was overbearing. I stopped at the first rest plaza I stopped at when I first entered Maine, the Kittery Service Plaza. Like last time, I didn’t rest here, but I did take pictures this time. I checked out the Kittery Outlets, bought some tights, some DVDs and games for entertainment, and then went to sleep for the night. The plaza I did stay the night at was Kennebunk Plaza North, where I ate shrimp at Popeye’s on my way in.
I decided to go for another hike this time, at the Basin trail right outside of my camp site. Once again, I couldn’t make it very far, but I did manage to get back without getting lost this time. 🙂 This one was a pretty walk, as the trail was right next to Lake Basin. That night, I got online via Wi-Fi at the McDonald’s at North Conway, New Hampshire. It was themed as a ski resort, with ski lifts for seating.
I went for a hike at Brickett Place in Maine, which is right at the border of New Hampshire. So, while I was walking the trail, I started and ended in Maine, but was in New Hampshire for most of the hike. I could only make it to the half mile mark, and I had to stop to rest my back, but I enjoyed it. I did get lost on the way back, as the signs weren’t kidding when they said the trails were had to follow. Once I made my way back to the road, I was able to find my way back easily, and I hadn’t gone too far off course.