Lost in Maine
We often refer to this trip as our “doomed trip to Maine” because if anything could have gone wrong, it did. However, now, we think our “doom” was quite delicious, and, in the end, one of our most memorable trips. As teachers, we decided to spend our last weekend of summer freedom in Portland, Maine. Living in NJ, we knew Portland was going to be quite a drive, but we were looking forward to seeing a part of the country we had yet to explore. Unfortunately, the drive turned out to be longer than expected. We got stuck in the traffic of the annual summer air show in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and, in our attempt to circumnavigate, got lost on the back roads of Kennebunkport. We learned that Kennebunkport is a lovely place to get lost, especially since the locals are very helpful in steering you to the closest and most popular place to get a decent lobster roll. After filling up, with fresh lobster, we made our way into Portland, several hours behind schedule and beyond exhausted. Once in Portland, we discovered J’s Oyster, a small and intimate seafood restaurant on the water. While conversing with the regulars, we were so kindly given two hand drawn maps on napkins, leading us to places that “only the locals” go. The next day we decided to utilize the maps from our new friends and, while we made several wrong turns, we wound up here, at the marking of the shipwreck of the Annie C. Maguire. It really put the word LOST into perspective.