Carlsbad, NM

Carlsbad, NM

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 7

Today was a good day. After leaving our motel (pictured - we had one chair less in the morning than when we went to bed) we saw the Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor, Maine. We saw a great museum in the same city that had old forms of transportation - especially sleds (remember this is Maine). While there we met a museum volunteer by the name of Bill Park who is a REAL hero. He fought the Japanese as a Marine on Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu. I asked him if I could interview him on camera which he graciously allowed me to. There are not many of these great men left any more...
Then we went to the Acadia National Park, and WOW! It has over 50 miles of roads along the coast line looking up at the highest peaks and cliffs that there are along the entire Atlantic coast in our country. We went to the top of Cadillac Mountain - a scary drive but very worthwhile once we got to the summit. The three hours we spent there weren't enough - we needed a couple of days which I might just do sometime.
Then we ate some Maine lobster. I have to admit I'm a novice with lobster but I had some help with the mechanics from our waiter.
We shut down our trip a little early today in Waterville, Maine, which gave us time to get to a laundromat. After we finished with our clothes we stumbled on a restaurant for tonight and low and behold they were hosting a classic rock show from a great group called Full House. We enjoyed the music for an hour and came back to our hotel and had time to reminisce about our two good deeds from today. At breakfast this morning Pee Wee saw a lady buy four ice bags from the Dunkin Donut shop. Without really giving her a chance to turn him down he grabbed the bags and took them to her car for her. The smile on her face told quite a story. Then at the laundromat we met a very kind mother of four who was just finishing up folding an amazing amount of clothes, sheets, and blankets. She allowed us to help her to her minivan with some of the load, and then told us that we had "made her day." Which of course, made our day.

We made THE TURN after Acadia. We are now on a course in the direction of HOME. We still have a few more days of wandering, but thinking of home is a good feeling. And speaking of home, another one of my buddies back in Gwinnett struck it rich with a good deed. While on vacation in Florida, Jim Gassman provided a meal for a homeless man who was in need. Good job Jim!

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