Mark and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary this week. Three kids between us (five counting Bobbie and Shane) and 7 grandkids make up the rest of the family. Spread from Maine to Florida and over to Colorado. With Mark needing a hip replacement and him having no health insurance (that equates big bills) we decided to keep our celebrations low key and opted for a movie and a meal. We did at least decide to go a little bigger than our local diner and yesterday morning we headed out for Bangor.
I shot these two photos at our front door as we left. Sorry about cutting off the top of the photo – I didn’t have my reading glasses on. Eek!
But this is really what I wanted to show you anyway. A little camouflaged moth. He blended in so well I almost missed him as we walked past on the way to the car.
As we drove the two hours to get to Bangor, Maine, we noticed everywhere that people are already cutting and stacking wood. Getting ready for winter and it seems the snows just melted. For those who heat with cut wood, they have to stay on top of this in order to keep their families warm all winter. It is an ongoing job and we saw piles like this and piles of stacked trees everywhere. And seriously, so many trees fall in the winter that it probably isn’t necessary to take down valid living trees to do this.
I apologize now for the reflections on the car window. They will show in many of these photos. It was a bright, beautiful sunny day and that makes getting photos as we traveled a little more challenging. I did want to show you this beautiful river. The Penobscot River. It is 109 miles long and we got to see it several times enroute to town. When the snows melt and the ice thaws out after winter, much of this green grass will be under water. But for yesterday, the water was in the limits of the river banks like it should be.
Still the Penobscot but about ten minutes further down the road. This is a really pretty crossing.
And more. It takes almost an hour from our house to get to I-95. Yes, that would be the same I-95 that we lived off of in Florida. You can travel this highway from Miami, Florida, all the way up to where we live here in Maine. It only stops because the land becomes Canada.
Almost immediately after we get on I-95 South we come across this sign. Every trip to Bangor I try to get a decent photo of the sign and it always looks like this. Hahahaha! But you can still get the idea. High hit area for moose. And I have seen a moose along I-95. Our first moose sighting in Maine was along this road. It was a baby, it stood about 4-5 feet high along its back. So cute!!!
This is the Piscataquis River. Yeah, I don’t know where they got their names up here. I am guessing Indian tribes but I don’t really know. Just look how smooth the water was!
This was the largest load of hay I have ever seen! it was amazing how many hay bales that guy was carrying!
Ok, you ready for a Maine food lesson? We had to learn it when we moved here. See all those ferns? We passed literally thousands of them yesterday. They are everywhere!!!
They start out by looking like this and are called Fiddlehead Ferns. (This photo was borrowed from google.) If you pick them when they are at this stage, they make good eating. Seriously. Who knew? Hahaha! Not in the south, but up here in the north people eat these and they are really good if made the right way. We tried them boiled first and that was disgusting. I actually had to spit out what I had in my mouth. I just couldn’t make myself swallow it. BUT if you fry them and dip them in ranch – they are wonderful! Fiddleheads! Cherryl Moote was the first person I knew to mention them. Then Margaret Bremner. So I knew if these two awesome ladies liked them they couldn’t be all bad. Grammy’s actually has some fiddlehead soup right now but I can’t make myself try it because of the color. I don’t do green soups. Unless it’s broccoli and cheese. Hahahaha!
Mark and I talked about what we wanted to do while we were in Bangor. We don’t get there often because it’s two hours away. He wanted to go to Dick’s Sporting Goods and shop fishing supplies. Enroute, I saw these cool Seussical looking plants at a stop sign but he barely slowed down and this was all the picture I got.
I chose to go to Hobby Lobby because I heard they were carrying the Brea Reese line of art supplies – yayayay!!! I had a blast! And look at those cute little rolls of duck tape. They will work so much better with my tiny treasured bits of tangles books because they are 3/4″ wide and I won’t have to trim them. That means the lines will be straight. In theory at least. Hahahaha!
We had both been wanting to see this movie, so we headed to one of the nicest theaters! They had the most comfy recliners to sit in to watch the movie. It was great! And we had popcorn and twizzlers. Threw the healthy eating right out the window! Boom!
We followed that up with a meal at Olive Garden, which really means we ate a lot of salad and breadsticks and were mostly full when our entrees arrived. Hahahahaha! But we brought them home and are having them for dinner tonight. By time we started home we were right in the middle of rush hour. Yep! This is rush hour on I-95. It is awesome living in Maine!
And we crossed more beautiful waters going home. This is the Pushaw River. Yep. Names.
Favorite bridge right here! Just outside Mattawamkeag. Hahaha! I am guessing it goes across the Mattawamkeag River. It’s a beautiful bridge and they just did some maintenance on it so it looks new.
Just as we started going over the bridge . . .
. . . and somewhere in the middle. The bridge has cross arm beams that run from top to bottom like giant Xes and I just kept clicking hoping I’d get a couple pictures with out beams showing. Hahahaha!
And further down the road is this awesome railroad trestle. It crosses over a different part of the Penobscot River. We had a great time on our day trip. A lot of laughs, a lot of smiles, a lot of food. Hahahaha! And remembrances and stories. And normally on these trips we see a lot of animals. This day we saw 2 turkeys, 1 dead bird and 1 dead porcupine. So not a stellar day for wildlife. Hahahahaha! Here’s to another 36!