We had a great time in Maine, but now it’s time to get back on the treadmill (literally and figuratively). Some highlights of our trip:
History in Plymouth. Since I’m considering a book on Mary Allerton
Cushman, who came on the Mayflower and died at the ripe old age of 82, I needed to scout out sources of information. There is no original source material, so I met with the Associate Director of Plimoth Plantation on site and got a list of books (some of which I bought there) and then visited the History Room of the Plymouth Public Library. Great resource room plus I found my high school year book!
We also climbed Burial Hill at the top of Leyden Street in Plymouth, where the original Pilgrims are buried. Nothing remains of their wooden headstones, of course, but we did find the monument to the Cushman Family, including Mary.
Had a reading at the Kingston Public Library and sold out all the books I had shipped ahead for the event.
Lots of lobster! We had rented a carriage house in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and there was a restaurant just down the street where you could order cooked lobster for pick up. Had that twice with fresh picked sweet corn. What a feast!
Took a late afternoon “Puffin Cruise” out to Eastern Egg Island. We learned a lot about seabirds, but you don’t get to see them up close and personal because the whole island is restricted as a nesting site for several different species. The noise is deafening! You can read about puffins in my A-Z Challenge this year. They are delightful little birds, and this island is the furthest point south that they nest. I really didn’t care if I couldn’t get close – being out on the water at sunset on a beautiful day was enough!
Visited the Kennebec Arsenal on the one rainy day we had – after it was built as an arsenal following the War of 1812 (there was a need to beef up our coastal defenses), it was used as the Maine State Mental Hospital for many years. I wrote about the Arsenal as well, in my A-Z Challenge this year, and it is even grimmer than I imagined.
We then visited Fort Williams, the oldest occupied trading post in the US (Benedict Arnold stopped there on his way to Quebec) and did a run by of the Augusta Armory, which figures in my third book. Had whole clams for lunch…
Hiked the Mt. Megunticook trail in Camden Hills State Park. First we drove to the top of Mt. Battie and took pictures of the incredible scene of the coast and the off shore islands, then tackled a trail which turns out to be one of the more challenging in the park – lots of steep ups and downs over boulders and a thousand roots. More on that in a later post.
Walked out in the intertidal muck for a photography session. The muck was right off the dock where we were staying, and I sank up to my knees and lost my shoes. But we got the picture – it’s for the cover of the fourth book in the Rhe Brewster series, so I’m not even giving you a hint. We spent quite a while spraying each other with water whilst rinsing ourselves off and then had to do a load of clothes.
Had a signing at Sherman’s Bookstore in Boothbay Harbor – sold out of books again. I got to meet the reporter who wrote an article about Death in a Dacron Sail for the Boothbay Register, and she advised me to come back next fall (2016) for their pumpkin festival to sell my next book, Death by Pumpkin.
Met fellow blogger Bette Stevens, who drove two mile just to see me at the signing. We had coffee afterward and I will review her book, Dog Bone Soup, soon.
So that, my blogging friends, is our vacation in a nutshell. I’m already missing the seafood, the cool breezes and the ocean.