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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Portland Head Light– and a Fabulous Island Visit With Friends

In 2009, when we met Al and Diane in San Antonio TX. . .
who would have ever dreamed that four years later, in 2013,
we would be visiting them in their fabulous little cabin on an island in Maine. . .wow!
Maine, Frye Island ME, Diane and Al LePage, Summer Trip 2013 (15)
Our very first workamping job was as the Activity Directors at Admiralty RV Park. . .
we had so much fun. . .and Al and Diane were part of our volunteer corps. . .
Al ran the poker games and tournaments. . .and Diane was the ambassador for the activities center. ..
she would always say. . .oh I don’t really do anything. . .but really, she excelled at making folks welcome. . .
all the ladies would be up there quilting. . .someone new would walk in, and Diane would say,
'”come on in. . .where are you from” and if they were interested in crafting at all,
she would give them a tour of the facilities, make sure they knew where the schedules were. . .
just really great stuff. . .not anything that she had to do. . .she did it because she chose to. . .
and as we just discovered this week. . .it’s because she’s just a natural at it. . .
Maine, Frye Island ME, Diane and Al LePage, Summer Trip 2013
the ferry ride over . . .Al was telling us that back in the day when they still
brought their motor home back with them, there were times he would be loaded
on the ferry with his backside hangin’ off. . .aiii yaiiii yaiii. . .
that would make quite a picture wouldn’t it?
Maine, Frye Island ME, Diane and Al LePage, Summer Trip 2013 (1)
not sure why they didn’t offer to pick us up in their private plane. . .ha ha. . .
just kidding. . .it was really one of the neighbors planes. . .
Maine, Frye Island ME, Diane and Al LePage, Summer Trip 2013, David, Janice (14)
we got a little driving tour of the island. . .it was much bigger than it appeared from the water.
This was taken at one of the beaches. . .
Maine, Frye Island ME, Diane and Al LePage, Summer Trip 2013 (7)
the little harbor. . .
Maine, Frye Island ME, Diane and Al LePage, Summer Trip 2013 (5)
mountains as viewed from the island. . .we really drove down to this little beach
to see the lighthouse. . .but the owner had the top off making some repairs. . .
what are the chances?  ha ha. . .
Maine, Frye Island ME, Diane and Al LePage, Summer Trip 2013 (16)
after the driving tour. . .as Diane and I sat on the back deck
grilling a pork loin and some veggies. . .one of the locals stopped by to visit. . .
Maine, Frye Island ME, Diane and Al LePage, Summer Trip 2013 (20)
Dave and I had the privilege of spending the night in the “puzzle room”. . .
I loved it, and wish I would have gotten some better pics. . .
As they’ve collected puzzles in their travels,
they’ve fastened them to the walls and ceiling in this bedroom,
until it actually looks like wallpaper.  It wasn’t til I was lying in bed looking at the ceiling,
that I realized they had also added pics of themselves to the puzzles. . .
it was so great!  I’m kinda sad that this is the only picture I got. . .
but, I didn’t wanna just go around snapping pictures of someone else’s house. . .

Al’s parents bought a lot back in the 60’s
and built the cabin. . .Al and Diane have done lots of improvements over the years. . .
taking down a wall to open up the sunroom. . .it was really, really a great space. . .

The next morning, after a breakfast of blueberry pancakes. . .we all loaded up in both vehicles,
and headed back to the ferry, where they loaded us on with a dump truck AND a cement truck. . .
I’m glad I was riding with Diane, and we kept a conversation going that kept my mind off of it. . .LOL!
We parked our car at the mall. . .and joined Diane and Al for a private tour of Portland. . .
seriously. . .it just doesn’t get much better. . .
Maine, Portand ME, Coastal Maine, Diane and Al LePage, Portland Head Light, Lighthouses  (26) (23)
Maine, Portand ME, Coastal Maine, Diane and Al LePage, Portland Head Light, Lighthouses  (26) (6)
first stop. . .Portland Head Light. . .so, so beautiful. . .
Maine, Portand ME, Coastal Maine, Diane and Al LePage, Portland Head Light, Lighthouses  (26) (1)
just one more view. . .of course I have many more views in my folder. . .
these are just the ones I loved the most. . .
Commissioned by President George Washington 1790
commissioned by George Washington . . .
Maine, Portand ME, Coastal Maine, Diane and Al LePage, Portland Head Light, Lighthouses, Compass  (26) (15)
I loved this too. . .
Lunch at the Clam Shack
next stop. . .yup. . .lunch!
Whole body clams. . .delicious. . .fried scallops. . .delicious. . .perfectly cooked. . .
Bug Light Lighthouse, Downtown Portland
then on to the “Bug Light”. . .
Bug Light Lighthouse, Downtown Portland, header
and a view of Downtown Portland. . .

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Al and Diane, and hope they know
how much we appreciate them taking the time to play hosts. . .
‘til next time,