Moving on – to Moody, ME: 300 mile trip

6/10/14 Tuesday in Moody, ME (Moody Beach-TT/OW)

New York

On our way by 6:15 am. Our “construction” road was open as promised. John had an egg salad sandwich while I enjoyed my hard boiled egg as we were traveling down I-87. The interstate was bordered by so many trees that my GPS couldn’t locate its satellite until we got pretty close to Albany. Of course this early we were in commuter traffic but thankfully by going in I-87 until its intersection with I-90 all went pretty smoothly. John wanted to go through Vermont to experience that state and to be able to say we were there but it would have been mountain (2 lane and curvy) roads for 5 hours. This route we are taking drops below Vermont into Massachusetts so it is another half an hour and 70 more miles AND we have to pay the toll for the I-90 Thruway but most local people preferred that route and I’d rather pay for less stress, like we did in Florida around Miami. We had to pay already before crossing into MA ($3.15). Please excuse our bug encrusted windshield in the first photo.

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So in Massachusetts its called the Mass Pike. I think we’re in the Hudson River Valley. Beautiful; trees and rock cuts. On the whole their Pike is better than New York’s Thruway except for the bridges. Their “Service Plazas” are not nearly as nice as those in New York. We couldn’t even find a parking spot (full) at one of them. Toll when exiting I-90: $9.60, then onto I-290 which leads us to I-495, a large beltway around Boston. We took I-495 until it ended and merged onto I-95, in a while to enter its toll booth area. This time they collected right here: $5.00.

New Hampshire! Next the bridge over the border of New Hampshire and Maine

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ME

We got diesel fuel at a Sunoco outside of Portsmouth,NH on RT 33 for a great price compared to MA and ME: $3.889/gal. They had truck lanes too. They have nice roads in NH and ME, including the bridges. Unfortunately we ran into construction about 2 miles from the campground that held us up. Wouldn’t you know that kind of thing has to happen at the end of a long drive. ½ hour to go 1 mile. 7 hours trip today.

Cloudy day without rain as we traveled so that was nice. There was some light rain when we set down our jacks, but real bearable.

Nice woodsy campground with full hook ups including 50 amp service (no charge). Narrow sites and no satellite and even very little on the local antenna. They do provide cable for a price. John will just have to do without again. We’re in lobster country and a great beach – Ogunquit. I’d like to check out York Village as well. Apparently they have a beach van to the beach for $1.75 round trip but it starts July 4th weekend and goes through Labor Day. There is trolley service all along the shore. The nearest stop is within walking distance, running mid June to early Sept. Dang, bad timing on our part-neither available to us until maybe the last day we’re here (trolley might be then).

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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