New England Trip Part 2: Gorham, ME

Continued from New England trip Part 1.

We tore down our Northampton campsite in the rain and crossed the state of Massachusetts on the lovely Route 2, not stopping until Portsmouth, NH (actually, we stopped once for a horrible, horrible cup of coffee that I’d prefer not to remember).

The stretch of road leading from the highway to downtown Portsmouth is ugly, but the downtown itself is compact and appealing, even on a grey, rainy day.  Somehow Type E managed to steer us into the Portsmouth Brewery for lunch, which was clearly his agenda all along.

Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth is just over the Maine line, so it didn’t take long to make our way to Gorham, Maine, home of the PineCrest Inn, the Sebago Brewing Company, a Thai restaurant, and not much else.  We stayed at the PineCrest for two nights (a great bed and breakfast—highly recommended), hoping to get a feel for living somewhere remote.

So it turns out that remote places are dark and scary at night, Type E gets a rash from Thai food with MSG, and the Sebago Brewing Company’s Bass Ackwards Blueberry Ale is a lot better than you’d think.

Sebago Brewing Company

Sebago Brewing Company

During our first full day in Maine, we drove to the coast, visiting Kennebunkport, York, and Ogunquit, where we got caught in the pouring rain while walking along the Marginal Way.  Not a great day to see the Maine coast, on an off-season, wet, Monday.

Southern Maine coast

Southern Maine coast

Then the obligatory stop at the LL Bean complex in Freeport.  A helpful drunk man carrying a pizza box offered to take this photo of us in front of a big boot:

LL Bean store

LL Bean store

We also spent a few hours in the lovely Gorham laundromat while washing our muddy tent.

Eric amuses himself in the Gorham Laundromat

Eric amuses himself in the Gorham Laundromat

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