Wednesday, September 07, 2011
We saw moose
This was another of those occasions where we adjusted our travel schedule base on the weather forecast. Since we try to maintain a flexible schedule, we like to travel in good weather. Since the forecast for yesterday was heavy rain and today was going to be mostly clear, it seemed to make sense that we should wait one day to leave Bar Harbor. Not for the first time, this faith in the crystal ball readers was misplaced. After a light drizzle early in the day yesterday, it turned into a nice day all along the coast. Today started with light rain and continued to get worse. Luckily, I was able to find the controls for the wipers and the lights all worked. I wonder how those guys sleep at night.
It was a rainy and slippery ride and again saw a number of road signs warning against hitting the many moose that apparently cross the road regularly. We have seen this sign in many places since first entering the Adirondack region in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. They leave you with the impression that they are everywhere. We arrived at the Freeport Village campground around 1 PM. Luckily, we decided to make a rare reservation based on the increased traffic at our last campground after Labor Day weekend. When we arrived we found that we had the last reserved site and that there were two more folks arriving that were going to be allowed to park in the driveway overnight. The park has around 35 sites with about 30 filled with seasonal folks. It is close to the freeway and town.
The town of Freeport, ME is home to the L L Bean Company and its flag ship store along with three other specialty stores nearby. I was a bit unprepared for the fact that the whole downtown area has become an outlet mall. I have seen lots of tourist trap towns with all kinds of gift stores, but not one that was literally an outlet mall. I am glad to report that we finally spotted our first pair of moose, and they were not even along the road.
Hopefully, we will find other interesting things to do nearby, since we will be here for three days before heading to southern New Hampshire Saturday to visit a friend.