A Journal, with Pictures

2014 Maine weekend

by on Sep.10, 2014, under Flying

We love lob­ster! We love fresh sea food! There­fore, each year we try to get up to Maine to enjoy the beau­ti­ful Maine coast and enjoy the local seafood. This year we took off from Day­ton at 8:30 AM on Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 5th for what turned out to be a 4.9 hour flight, with a tail wind and with a fuel stop in Penn­syl­va­nia. We arrived at the Rock­land air­port (KRKD) and head­ed to our hotel in Ten­ants Har­bor, the East Wind Inn. We checked in and then drove to Port Clyde a few mile away for a late lunch. The choice, lob­ster stew with a glass of wine, life is good.

We explored after lunch then returned to the East Wind and after cock­tails had a incred­i­ble din­ner in the din­ing room. Huge fresh scal­lops, in a casse­role of spinach, lob­ster, with bread crumb cream sauce which was to die for. Nice bot­tle of wine, life is good. Good nights sleep then break­fast at the East Wind, anoth­er culi­nary extrav­a­gan­za. This time Ger­man apple cin­na­mon pan­cakes and local bacon, we are on a roll. So Sat­ur­day we are going to the Owl Head Trans­porta­tion Muse­um. We were blown away, by this incred­i­ble col­lec­tion of trans­porta­tion relat­ed exhibits. All done very well, per­fect­ly restored or exact­ly repli­cat­ed. The muse­um tells the sto­ry of trans­porta­tion, start­ing with ener­gy, with ear­ly steam engines, a 28 cylin­der radi­al cut­away B36 engine and a mod­ern jet engine. There is a huge exhib­it of cars, includ­ing the most exten­sive MG motor car exhib­it I have ever seen, but with lots of oth­er great restored cars, a very exten­sive ear­ly air­craft exhib­it and lots of oth­er very inter­est­ing trans­porta­tion relat­ed stuff. We spent, the whole morn­ing there and could have spend the day, but lunch became a pri­or­i­ty. I includ­ed just a small sam­ple of the exhib­it, its exten­sive and very well done.

So fresh seafood is call­ing and we head for Cam­den, Maine, one of our favorite spots on the Maine coast. This is a busy place with lots of tourists this time of the year. We won­der around for a while then head for a favorite seafood restau­rant on the wharf. Today it’s calms. For me steamed for Joyce fried, both are very good. We head back to Ten­ant har­bor to relax, then we meet our COPA (Cir­rus Own­ers and Pilots Asso­ci­a­tion) acquain­tances who live in our home state of Cal­i­for­nia and sum­mer in Maine. Dan and Jack­ie Richard are plan­ning to put togeth­er a lob­ster fly-in next year in this won­der­ful place, which I’m sure will be a win­ner. We enjoy cock­tails at there home on the water then, top off the trip with lob­ster at a great sea food restau­rant. The next morn­ing it up ear­ly and in the air by 8:30 AM, then with a stiff head wind and a stop for fuel, we are back in Day­ton by 2:00 PM in time to watch the first week of NFL foot­ball. What a great week­end, brought to us by our Cir­rus air­plane and COPA friends.

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