Passing The President

Trip Start Jun 15, 2014
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Trip End Jul 06, 2014


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Flag of United States  , Maine
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    This morning the rental car had to be returned, so while Tommy took it back we cleaned the RV and I cooked breakfast. We enjoyed our scrambled egg, cheese and bacon on toasted English muffins outside on the picnic table. I absolutely love to eat outdoors!
    After filling up the LP tank at the campground, we were on our way north again. Our first stop was in Salem, Massachusetts. Clay and Morgan gave us a great history lesson on the events of the Salem Witch Trials based on their history classes and a play they read in English. As we walked through the streets, people handed us psychic cards and offered to foretell our future. Clay said he wanted to buy a lottery ticket and have them tell him which numbers to scratch off. We obviously do not believe in any form of witchcraft and therefore it was an uncomfortable place to be. I couldn't help but think of what my coworker said about visiting the Mormon church in Utah. He said he prayed, "Jesus, if you decide to come back now, I promise I am just visiting this place." I thought the same of Salem!
      We did enjoy a great lunch there though. We found a sort of Wade's substitute. Morgan had meatloaf, Clay had a turkey and dressing sandwich, Tommy had chicken parmesan, and I had chicken pot pie. Doesn't that just sound like southerners looking for home cooking? We got a map of the city and walked to the cemetery. Luckily, there was a re-enactor there dressed in period clothing to tell us about the cemetery, who was buried there, and some of the events of that day. He explained that none of the twenty hanged for crimes of witchcraft were buried in the cemetery. They were buried in shallow graves near where they were hanged. Those buried there were important people at that time like John Hawthorne. It was sad to think that all those people died due to false accusations. On the way out of town we took a picture of the Salem witch monument and that was enough of Salem for us.
       Our next stop was Kennebunkport, Maine. It was such a quaint little seaside town! There were great little specialty shops and restaurants. The downtown area actually reminded me of the shops and streets in Europe.  We turned onto Ocean Avenue and drove the narrow two lane road along the coast. Along the way, we pulled off on the side of the road and walked out to the Saint Anne church. It was a beautiful old rock church that overlooked the ocean. There was actually an area by the water with outside pews. Now that would be an awesome service! In our little five minute walk, a nice policeman pulled up behind us and was about to give us one of those pretty yellow sips when we walked up. He told us that we could not stop anywhere along the road.
      A little further up the road, we came along the curve that allows for a wonderful view of President George H.W. Bush's home. We were going slowly so I could capture some great shots of his beautiful home. The resident behind us was blowing his horn in disapproval, so Tommy reduced his speed. Not the response he was hoping for I'm sure. This is where the story gets incredible! Clay, Morgan and I were all so focused on looking at the gorgeous home and snapping photographs that we missed something awesome. There were three men walking along the sidewalk and the one in the middle stopped right beside the front of the RV beside the mirror, smiled and waved. Tommy said, "Oh my gosh! That is President Bush!" There was a secret service guy in front and behind him. What luck?!? I guess it was late in the afternoon and he was out for a little exercise. At least Tommy got to see him. We got to see his back.
    For the first time on our trip, it began to rain. We were planning to stay for two nights at Old Orchard Beach, which is rated the top beach in Maine, until we saw the forecast for tomorrow. It is suppose to rain and be in the lower seventies - not beach weather. So, we decided to hit that area on the way back through Maine. We drove on to Scarborough, Maine where we stopped for the night at a Cabela's. They not only allow RV parking, they plan for it. There was a dump station, RV lanes, a dog kennel, and even a horse corral for those transporting horses. Cabela's parking lot has more amenities than some campgrounds. 
    We had some marinated chicken ready, so Tommy and Clay set up the grill under the awning, out of the rain, and grilled dinner. Then we spent an hour walking around Cabela's. I understand why they call it a big boy's daycare. You could leave them there all day! One memory card and a book bag later, we headed back to the RV for a movie.
    All in all, it was a great day. Who else can say the president stopped and waved at them today?
   
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