Maine in Pictures

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New England: Day 3

We crossed over this bridge into a new state for Hui-chen.  I’ve been to Maine several times and all up and down the state, but even though we couldn’t spend much time there, I did want to show her a few things from this lovely state.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

We crossed the state line from New Hampshire, and headed into Scarborough.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

I’m happy to say, we visited another Cabela’s store!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Naturally we had to pose outside like a couple of tourists!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The inside of the Scarborough Maine store was much like the other one we visited in Wheeling, WV.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

We browsed the clothing and I have to say we bought too much stuff – again!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Fortunately, in the same shopping center complex was a Famous Dave’s BBQ!  This is my BBQ bean stew!  It was awesome.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

And this is my plate of BBQ.  There is beef brisket on the right, and diced BBQ pork on the left, above the beans.  Those are garlic mashed potatoes at the bottom and a corn muffin in the middle.  This was one of the best lunches I’ve had yet!  Feel free to click on this photo and go to the Flickr site where you may view it in the large size!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

This is Hui-chen’s salad.  She gave it 2 thumbs up!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

This is a shot of the interior.  So remember, when you’re shopping at Cabela’s in Scarborough ME, there is a Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant in the same complex!

We drove up to Freeport Maine, where the next destination awaited us:

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

I have to tell you – I really like the Desert of Maine.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Since I was here last, they’ve added a butterfly house.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The desert has some activities for people of all ages.  You can create your own sand painting from the many colors of sand available.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Visitors ride in this tram for a guided tour of the desert.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The Desert of Maine is a real desert, although some people dispute this.  I like to think that it is a real desert and I enjoy visiting it.  Click on the link and read about it on Wikipedia.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Here I am, waiting to take the tour.  I’ve taken it a few times before but this was Hui-chen’s first visit here.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The trams are pulled by vintage Jeeps.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Here we go!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

This is Hui-chen and I at the far end of the desert.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The dunes are caused by wind that blows the sand around the trees and eventually buries them.  These trees are very tall but most of their height is buried under the sand.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

This sign explains it.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

These are branches that have adapted themselves to become roots as the sand mounds up around the tree.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Another example of branches becoming roots.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

And another example of the dunes growing up around the trees and burying them.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

I like this shot showing the main area of the desert.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

In addition to sand, there are some clay mounds.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The desert is constantly changing….

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Remains of an old wagon.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The original Tuttle Farm barn is still standing.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

This sign speaks for itself.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Inside the old barn….

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

I always like to check out how old buildings were made.  This is post and peg construction.  No nails.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Inside the barn are displays showing the types of tools that were used way back when.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

This is a sand painting that uses various colors of sand from the desert.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

This display depicts a typical household in that era.

Soon it was time for us to leave the Desert of Maine, and visit our next site on our tour.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

This is the DeLorme Map Store, in Yarmouth, ME.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Inside the map store is a giant globe.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The globe, named “Eartha” is the world’s largest and really must be seen to be appreciated.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Eartha is 3 floors high!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The map store has an incredible offering of books, maps and software.  We spent quite awhile walking around looking at everything in the store.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

We went up to the second floor viewing area and just watched Eartha rotate for awhile.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Eventually, our part of the world appeared.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

This is how Taiwan looks on Eartha.  All the major highways are there.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

East Asia.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

The Eartha viewing area is three floors high!  This is the view from the top floor of the viewing area.

After spending time at the map store, we went to our final stop for the day.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

We went down to the harbor area.  We were not going to leave Maine without a lobster and seafood dinner!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Freeport harbor is quite picturesque and it was lovely in the late afternoon sun.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

These are lobster traps – so we knew we were in the right area!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

We went to a place recommended by our friend Jason, called Harraseeket.  These are steamer clams and are one of the things we came for.  The small cup on the right is for washing the sand out of the clam.  The cup on the left rear is melted butter for dipping.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Hui-chen contemplates the lobster.  Which one does she want?

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Hui-chen starts off with the clams.  Good choice!  These steamers were so good!  It had been years since I had them, and I’d forgotten just how good they really are.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Here is the lobster before me.  We’ve eaten our clams and now it’s time to dig into the lobsters!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Hui-chen starts with one of the claws.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Part of the fun is the ordeal of getting the meat out of the shell!

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Now she tackles the tail….

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

And triumphantly displays the beautiful tail meat.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

I had a blueberry cobbler for dessert.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

Hui-chen had cherry cheesecake.  Both these desserts were a fitting end to a fantastic meal.

2010 USA Trip: State Of Maine

MJ Klein
Former field engineer MJ Klein now lives in Taiwan, and writes articles that primarily feature photographs of travels of MJ and wife Hui-chen, plus daily goings on in the bustling island nation of Taiwan, and other places in Asia. Articles feature people, culture, food, situations and sometimes the trials and tribulations of traveling in places such as China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos and of course Taiwan.
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