In L.L. Bean Country

LOCATION: Near Freeport, Maine

WEATHER: Rainy and cool. Highs only in the 60s

CAMPGROUND: Blueberry Pond Campground. Commercial park set in the woods. Full hook-ups. Swimming pool. Wifi. Lousy bathrooms. Muddy sites. Picnic tables and campfire rings. Old and not well-kept. $46/night. 2 stars out of 5. Way, way overpriced. Located down a 1.5 bumpy gravel road.

Since rain was predicted today, we did some of the hooking up last night. We just finished up this morning when it started to rain. Being a Sunday, lots of other campers were leaving, too, and they were going to get soaked.

We drove the Kancamangus Highway across to Maine. It is a National Forest Service highway and is very scenic. Even with the rains and low clouds, we enjoyed the views.

It was only a 3-hour trip, so after we got set up here, we drove into Freeport for lunch and to check it out. It was full of people – mostly shoppers. We found a brewpub for lunch. Although we were able to get seated at the bar quickly, we would have had a one-hour wait for a table. The downtown is mostly L.L. Bean – L.L. Bean Hunting Store, L.L. Bean Home Store, Fishing Store, Retail Store, etc etc. Other shops have joined the bandwagon, and now it is a shopping destination. We wandered around L.L. Bean. The prices seemed very high.

We get a little TV at the campsite so it was nice to watch “Sixty Minutes”. We haven’t had TV for quite awhile.

DINNER: Since we had eaten a late lunch, we wanted something small and simple. I made a pasta with salmon cream cheese, capers, and garbanzo beans. Quite good.

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