Sunday, August 29, 2010

New England Hospitality

Oh, what a wonderful time we had!!  Yesterday, we drove almost across Maine to Topsham for a brief, but fantastic, visit with RVing friends.

We arrived at the home of Mike and Peggy (Maineiacs in Motion) in the early afternoon and were soon joined by Darrell and Judy (Wandering America).  After the initial hugs, hellos, and how are yas, we jumped in the vehicles (girls with Peggy and boys with Darrell) and headed over to Yarmouth to the DeLorme Map Store.  Mike, Peggy, Darrell, and Judy had all been to DeLorme’s just a few weeks ago on one of their Maine Event adventures.  We really appreciate their willingness for a repeat visit just for us.

The highlight of DeLorme’s is “Eartha”--the world’s largest rotating and revolving globe. Eartha was designed and built by Delorme staff on a scale of 1:1,000,000.  One inch on Eartha is almost 16 miles on Earth.  Eartha rotates on its axis to mimic the earth’s rotation.

After watching Eartha do her thing we spent several minutes browsing the Map Store.  As you might imagine, there were maps, atlases, and globes of all kinds (different publishers, as well, not just DeLorme), but there were also travel books, games, and puzzles. There was also a large selection of books on local interests and/or by local authors.  We did a good job of fingering the merchandise, but in the end only Darrell and I made purchases.

We took the scenic route through Freeport and Brunswick as we made our way back to the Evringham’s home in Topsham.  First and foremost on our minds was food.  Darrell had prepared his now famous “fish chowdah”, Peggy tossed the salad and warmed the bread, and I had brought along a pseudo tiramisu (low fat and easy).  Everything was yummy and we ate until we felt like we might pop.

Unfortunately, time marches on and as the day waned, we had to say our goodbyes.  It was a brief visit, but one which we will cherish.  As is always the case with friends, we were anxious to see them again, enjoyed the time to talk and laugh face to face, and hated to say goodbye.  However, we all have wheels under our homes and our paths will cross again.  We’re already looking forward to the next time.

The busy day yesterday calls for a lazy day today.  We have no specific plans--just relaxing and enjoying.  Ain’t life grand?

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