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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.
I fished the keyboard, mouse, and DVD drive out of the car so I could start to do some artwork on my laptop. Then I went down to the White Mountain National Forest information center to buy souvenirs and to get a year pass to US National Parks. While I was there I saw a neat dinner train. It’s too expensive for my budget, but I took some pictures. After that I went swimming at the White Mountain National Forest Lower Falls, in a natural swimming hole, with a waterfall that you can sit under.
Today was mostly a relaxation day. At my first campsite, I had my tent full of stuff, as I was trying to find the stuff that I hadn’t packed very smartly in the car when I left. This time though, the stuff stayed in the car. So, I could set up more this time in my tent. So, I finally set up the inflatable mattress on my sleeping cot. The cot was a great purchase, as it helps keep my spinal stenosis at bay, as does sleeping upright in the car at rest areas, so this trip’s been working out great for me. I only had back pain creep up on me a few times this trip (once at the park in Augusta, and a few times while walking at Bay Harbor), and each time I was able to get it to loosen up by taking some ibuprofen and sitting upright in the car. I also set up a folding chair and a folding table in the tent, which helps me to relax both my back and my mind.
On the way to my next destination, I was low on gas, so I had to check the GPS to see where I could find some gas since I was on a road without much of anything for miles. I ended up at the Wicked Good Store, which had old fashioned gas pumps that have mechanical counters instead of digital (which seem to be pretty common in this area, actually), and are pay at the pump only as there weren’t any attendants around.
You may have noticed that these days on my journal suddenly just appeared. The reason for that is because I plan to post them only after I move from my first stop. I originally posted some pictures of my trip on one of the forums I visit, but it felt creepy after doing it, as I was still at the place I posted. So, I decided to be a bit safer and only post after I’ve left the campsite I’m posting about.
Once I reached the National Park where I was staying, I stopped at the Brickett Place Historic Site on the Maine side of the White Mountain National Forest, before I arrived at my second campsite, Basin Campground in Chatham, Maine. I set up my tent, and took a look around the campsite, before checking out Lake Basin.
I woke up before sunrise to head up to Cadillac Mountain as I read that it’s one of the first points in North America to see the sunrise. Today’s check out day, so I had to pack up my tent and other stuff and head out. The easy up tent was just as easy to put away as it was to put up, but my first tent was a pain in the neck. That’s just another reason on my long list of reasons I’m glad I decided to buy the easy up tent. After checking out, while headed back on the road to my next destination, I noticed that the capitol of Maine was on my way, so I decided to check Augusta out. I then spent the night at the same travel plaza I did coming into Maine, the West Gardiner Travel Plaza.