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Steamtown - Steam engine train we rode

Looking down the roundhouse turntable

Engine they were rebuilding

Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Pier at Old Orchard Beach

Overlooking Camden, Maine

Camden - further right

A Street of Bar Harbor, Maine

Sea Gull checking out the 4-mast boat

Coast of Acadia Nat. Park

Wednesday, June 10, 2009, we left Kansas City/Liberty and headed east on I-70, with our first stop east of St. Louis. Thursday night we stopped east of Indianapolis, Friday we took I-71 and I-76 with the nightly stop east of Akron, Ohio. Saturday we took I-80 and the gentle hills across Pennsylvania and stopped near the small town of Bloomsburg, PA. Sunday it was a short drive north on I-81 to Scranton, PA the home of Steamtown National Historic Site. After fighting the construction in downtown Scranton we were able to park the motorhome in the Steamtown’s parking lot. We spent several hours looking at the display engines, rail cars, roundhouse exhibits, took a short ride on a steam train, watched the demonstration of the roundhouse turntable and of course the gift shop. We then went back to the motorhome to eat lunch, walked the dog and then went across the parking lot to the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum. It was not very big, but was interesting. We then had a short drive to our next over night stop. Carol wanted me to be sure to tell you we made it to the Promised Land, that night we stayed in the Promised Land State Park. It was a very nice park in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, off I-84. Monday, we drove through a corner of New York, then through Connecticut and into Massachusetts where we stopped for the night near Littleton, MA. It was off of I-495, which skirts far out around Boston. Tuesday, we drove north on I-95 to Saco, Maine, which is just south of Portland, Maine. Today was Carol’s birthday so we discover a Longhorn Steakhouse to celebrate the occasion. We then did some shopping and got some prescriptions at Wal-mart before we head into Canada in a few days. We decided to spend two nights at Saco since we have been making good time on the road so far. Wednesday was a very nice day, without any rain, so we drove about 4 miles to Old Orchard Beach. It is a little town on the ocean with shops and restaurants on a wooden pier and along the nearby streets. A small amusement park was closed but would open for the season on Friday. The beach was busy with many teenagers but not very many actually in the ocean. It was still early in the season and the water was cool.

Thursday we drove along Maine’s coast on Highway 1 and stopped for lunch in Camden, ME. I saw a picture in a magazine that I wanted to see for myself. It was a picture from the hilltop at the Camden Hills State Park, overlooking the seaport town of Camden. We drove the motorhome up the hill and took in the view while eating lunch. It was a great view but could have been even nicer if it was sunny and clearer. They say on a clear day you can see the mountain at Acadia National Park. After lunch we drove to Bar Harbor, ME for a two-night stay. Friday we drove the Jeep to the Visitor Center of Acadia National Park and then into the town of Bar Harbor to look around. We bought tickets for a narrated bus tour of the National Park. We ate lunch, awaiting the appointed time for the bus tour. During lunch it started to rain hard and did not let up until after the bus tour. We did not get to see as much of the Park as we would have liked to but we did hear many details and stories about the Park and the town of Bar Harbor. The name of Bar Harbor was given because in that harbor there is a sand bar that appears during low tide. You can walk or drive across the sand bar to the adjacent island at low tide. At high tide you are stuck on the island and there is 6 and a half hours between high and low tide.

Saturday, we drove in a light drizzle all the way to Calais, ME, which is right on the US/Canada border. We arrived at the campgound and got sat up in a light drizzle and as soon as I got inside it started to pour. It rained off and on all evening and through the night. When ever I took Sadie outside for her walk you could hear a Loom out on the lake singing. It reminded me of the movie, On Golden Pond. Tomorrow we will drive across the border into the little town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick Canada and meet the group for our caravan though New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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