Moving on – to Wells, ME and Mike’s Clam Shack

7/7/14 Monday in Wells, ME (Moody Beach Camping Resort-TT/OW)

We left Acadia NP and the Down East of Maine (that’s what they call that upper part of Maine), now headed south on the East Coast until winter when we’ll land in Florida. Dear Ian and Lily got up to say sweet good byes. Surely we’ll meet again, certainly in Florida. On our way before 8 am, yes! Nice day for travel: sunny with cloud cover and not real hot.

A couple issues cropped up yesterday. Our toilet filled itself up to the brim by the time John went to use it. He thinks the valve inside the toilet has a problem. It’s behaved itself since then but who knows when the water leak will strike again? Then our SeaLevel, an external measure of our black tank is giving an “open” message. John figures maybe we need to replace the strip on the black tank.

Life sure is easier when you repeat something you did before, like travel the same road to a campground you’ve been at before. In this case we just retraced our tracks between Moody Beach and Mt. Desert Narrows so it went well with way less stress. Arriving at noon we got set up and went out to lunch (as planned) to Shain’s of Maine. I got my lobster roll (still the best!) and John got his hot dog but they were out of clam chowder. Bummer. He had his heart set on it. We also splurged on a quart of ice cream. It was the same price as a sundae. This frugal pair couldn’t resist the temptation. The ice cream (Maine Tracks) was very hard so John figured we could get it home before it got too soft and then get what we didn’t eat into our freezer right away. Which we did.

Once our ice cream was safely ensconced in the freezer we visited Stan Kimmey (207-318-5339), the camp host, who sells TT (Thousand Trails) upgrades. He graciously answered all our questions regarding our upgraded membership: it is Elite Basic of 2011. There is a lot of our contract that we never got, so we called Corporate asking that they send us copies of that. Some of the paperwork Stan shared with us showed different High Use times than we thought so we were back at the drawing board trying to figure out where we’ll stay and when this winter. Of course there are Holiday restrictions to consider as well. It’s like playing chess!

At this point it was time for dinner. Guess what? This frugal couple through caution to the winds and decided to go out – to Mike’s Clam Shack. John was still feeling deprived of his clam chowder and we’d been told this place had the best. He wanted to compare them with Shain’s. What a surprise when we arrived – the place was packed (at 6 pm). We met a couple from Rhode Island who gave us some tips on their state and said they were told to expect to wait (about ½ hour for us) and that the clam chowder was great. I had haddock and chips (fish and chips). They were wonderful (John got the fries of course). John had his bowl of clam chowder. He said it was in close contention with Shains’ but that Shain’s chowder won out by a smidgen. Back at the rig we scarfed down more of that great ice cream. It was nicely hard. Hmm… this knowledge may lead us down the dangerous path to buying ice cream to keep in the RV. Don’t want to go there.

Happily for John, Jeopardy started then so he enjoyed that, then worked on trip maps and camping reservations. I worked on trip plans and the blog.

A small reminder of Maine: a lobsterman’s bouy. They are licensed for their color patterns to a specific lobsterman.  We’re moving on tomorrow to Massachusetts!


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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