|Our site at Twin Grove|
|Not a great picture, but pretty private, huh?|
Now we are in Maine, Scarborough to be specific, just south of Portland at a huge, extremely well done campground called Bayley's Camping Resort. It is HUGE, and just to share a little of what they have, 4 heated pools, 6 hot tubs, complimentary beach trolleys, kayaking in the Wildlife Refuge, 250 acres with over 700 sites including a whole section for big rigs, trailer and cabin rentals, 3 stocked fishing ponds, live entertainment and activities in season, and even more. It is something and especially nice now ahead of the season, as it is quiet and very sparsely inhabited. This is one of the best and nicest campgrounds we have ever seen.
|This is the view from our site|
|The view back across one of the ponds to our rig|
|Our site from another angle,|
and yes the leaves are just starting to come out:)
I should mention the not so good news first. I had just gotten up from a short nap, and the sun was brightly shining and as I looked into the toilet compartment which was lit up, I thought I noticed a tile that seemed to be pushing up?!? A bit of panic occurred as you know we are pretty sensitive to leaks, and floor problems. Sure enough the one small tile was pushing up, so it had to come out to see what was what.
|And it wasn't pretty!|
It's wet in there!
|Oh wow. Not good.|
|The dismantled vacuum breaker|
|The jury rigged piece about to be inserted in the toilet|
Meanwhile, and I know a lot of you just love our food pictures, well, get ready. We had quite a jones built up headed for New England that centered on things like lobster rolls, lobster stew, seafood chowder, fried full belly clams, clam chowder, you get the idea. Well Jan got her hair cut and I went looking and found a likely place for our first NE lunch, actually I cannot take any credit, Nancy and CT had mentioned going there and Tripadvisor had good things to say, so after a nightmare finding parking we went to Gilbert's Chowder House and had a fantastic lunch addressing several of the items on the list:)
|Excellent onion rings|
|And stellar Lobster Stew!!|
|More fried clams and scallops, onion nuggets, and homemade chips|
after our unbelievable fish and clam chowder!
|Jan's a happy camper|
It was extremely quiet here on this visit, very, very nice as compared to many times we have been when there are so many people just walking around, let alone finding parking, is almost impossible. But, we were both a little disappointed, it seemed to us that a little of that LL Bean magic was gone and they weren't carrying as much as normal, possibly all the other competitors are making inroads in their business. Still nice to wander around. Then on to lunch. We used to keep our sailboat in Freeport and got to know another institution down on the dock for lunch, Harraseeket Lunch. It is definitely a tourist trap, but has excellent food and a lot of locals eat there, especially now before the season starts.
|The incredible seafood chowder!|
|And a tray full of steamers, yummy|