Between our week in Vermont and our lengthy stay in Bar Harbor, we had a ten day transitional period which we spent in Fryeburg and Boothbay, Maine.
Hanging with the Fam….
My brother and sister-in-law take their kids up to New Hampshire for a week every summer, so we scheduled our travels to meet up with them for a couple days.
They rented a beautiful lake house and we spent some time over there, making food and hanging out on the beach between rainstorms….
The following day, we all went to Portland for seafood…
before visiting the popular beach town of Old Orchard Beach…
We finished the day at Portland Head Light trying our hand at photographing the most photographed lighthouse in the country.
Our last full day in the area, we planned to do a bunch of random stuff around the RV before heading out on the popular Kancamagus Highway for some fun stuff for the dog, only to be hampered by crappy weather and a doggy seizure. Dammit! So before we knew it, it was time to go.
The Ghosts of Disasters Past…
There is nothing wrong with Boothbay. Most people love it. I mean, look at it!
It’s all “quintessential New England” and everything….
but the fact is, our subconscious can influence how we feel about a place, and that was not a good thing for us when it came to this coastal New England town.
Boothbay was where we were headed last year when I got hurt, and it left a really bad taste when, over two weeks before our scheduled arrival date, I e-mailed the campground we’d booked to tell them I’d broken my leg and needed to cancel our reservations, only to be told: “Sorry about what happened to you…. but we’re keeping your deposit anyway.” It wasn’t a tremendous amount of money ($50.00) and it was, apparently, in keeping with their policy (which is a ridiculous policy to begin with; most campgrounds let you cancel without penalty up to 48 hours before your reservation), but at the time, given everything else that had happened, it was just a cup of salt in a large open wound.
Even worse, when I offered the alternative arrangement of rescheduling our stay for another time, they completely ignored me. It was only when I kept bugging them that they finally got back to me, and we rescheduled our stay for this year.
It probably bothered us more than it should have, but it was just one more thing piled on. Through no fault of our own, we’d found ourselves in a terrible situation, and one which left us with huge questions about how much my medical bills would set us back. It would have taken nothing for them to show a little compassion and say “sorry about what happened, we’ll void your check. Hope you feel better.” We had just sent the deposit in a week before, it’s not like they couldn’t re-rent the space with over two weeks of lead time, and even if they couldn’t, they could have just been decent and sympathetic rather than heartless and opportunistic. Other campgrounds went out of their way to help us out. This one? Not so much. The bottom line is, we very much subscribe to the Golden Rule, and we were not on the receiving end of it in this instance.
In any case, almost a year later, we thought we were over it but when we got there, they still were not friendly or helpful, and we wondered why on earth we didn’t just let them keep their deposit and take our business elsewhere.
So perhaps it was the campground. Perhaps it was because we were kind of sick of eating at overpriced seafood shacks and trying to get excited about coastal tourist towns.
Perhaps it was because when we tried to go for a hike in one of the local parks, we ran into a fellow dog owner who couldn’t manage to keep her dog on a freaken leash (seriously, it’s not that hard.)
Maybe it was nothing. Maybe it was just us… Whatever it was, we were not into Boothbay and we were ready to go almost as soon as we arrived.
In fact, when given the opportunity, we opted to drive all the way back down to Portland just to get beers….
Ok, we actually had to run a different errand, but Allagash Brewing is one of our favorites and since the brewery was near our other errand (kindof, not really…) we just made a day of it.
The rest of our time in Boothbay was spent taking care of our to-do list and random odds and ends. Of course we bought a bunch of seafood since that’s kind of required around here…
We lit stuff on fire with a blowtorch
and we made Cioppino….
Oh, and remember all that maple syrup we bought in Vermont? It makes some damn good maple bacon ice cream….
Anyway, eventually, our time in Boothbay was over and we (happily) headed north to Bar Harbor where everything has been much more enjoyable.
Speaking of which, in real time, we’re having a blast exploring Acadia National Park. The park is gorgeous, the weather has been great, and we’re having an awesome time. More on that soon!
Where we stayed: