VIDEO: Maine Event

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For the past six months, Maine has been an ethereal, theoretical destination for our Long Long Honeymoon. If we had a dollar for every time we exclaimed, “This spring, we’re taking our Airstream up to Maine!” our fuel expenses would be covered. So now that we finally made it, has Maine lived up to our expectations? No…

Our visit to Maine has exceeded those expectations. While this is not our first trip to “Vacationland,” it’s our first with our RV — and it has been our best. Being here with our Airstream has allowed us to stop and smell the wildflowers… and munch the blueberry pancakes… and taste the boiled lobster. We’ve had the luxury of time. We’ve been able to linger.

At times, we’ve been gleeful tourists. We took a ride aboard Maine’s only four-mast schooner, the Margaret Todd. We enjoyed tea & popovers at Acadia National Park’s famous Jordan Pond House. We even crawled out of bed at 4AM to catch “the nation’s first sunrise” on Cadillac Mountain.

At other times, we’ve acted like locals. We bellied up to the bar of The Thirsty Whale on a Sunday night, and drained a couple of pints with the regular crew.

Maine has countered a trend in our camping. One of my guilty pleasures on our Long Long Honeymoon has been taking our RV into unexpected environments. We’ve camped in some strange urban environments like the Vegas Strip and New York City (via New Jersey). But Maine offers a taste of what it’s all about. To me, it doesn’t get much better than exploring a national park in one of America’s most unique and memorable States.

I’m sure some Mainers out there will cringe at this description, but Maine is sort of the Montana of the East Coast (without all the mountains). It’s a predominantly rural state that’s memorable for certain distinctive geographical features (in this case, its coastline) that has developed a unique culture all of its own.

I had a hard time paring down footage of Maine for our video. Even after wielding the editor’s knife with abandon, the video clocks in at five minutes (an eternity in Internet time!). It could easily be twice as long.

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