Friday, July 11, 2014

It's Maine and Lobstah

We finally made it from the south western tip of California to the north eastern tip of Maine. This is actually the only state Joe had never traveled in. Our first stop was Hid'N Pines Family Campground for a two night stay in Old Orchard Beach. It is our most expensive campground to date. We knew the East would be more expensive than the east but $70 a night is a little too high, especially as it is not even on the waterfront. It is a nice campground, howevr, and we are in a far loop with no one on one side of us and quieter than the rest of the campground which is Family orientated as the name of the campground states.

 We got set up and immediately went out to look for lobster. We had read about Bayley's Lobster Pound in nearby Scarborough and so that was our destination. Lobster Pounds are small casual restaurants where you order your food and then sit outside at picnic tables overlooking the water in most cases.

We first had some steamers. They were good but I prefer the clams we get on the west coast a little better.
Then we of course had to have the famous lobster rolls. It is a very basic recipe where cooked lobster with a  light mayo sauce is put on a buttered toasted bun.

The next day we again headed out for lobster, this time to Salty Bay, which is also right on Saco Bay in Scarborough. More delicious lobster and wonderful relaxing views. This time, Joe had a cup of clam chowder and had a cup of lobster stew. Not sure why they call it a stew as it is just lobster pieces in a lobster broth, but it was good. Joe's was just so so. We again split a lobster roll.

Our next stop on Friday was Winslow Memorial Park, a county park in Freeport, Maine. It was a lovely park with 100 sites right on Casco Bay. As it was the weekend, we couldn't get a water front spot but did have a view of the water.

Next post will be a visit to LL Bean and a hike at Winslow Park.

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