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2,624 Miles to Maine

May 11, 2018

We left Colorado after a few fun days with Tori and Max and headed for Wisconsin. The drive was smooth and uneventful, and we arrived in Blue Mounds, WI around 10:00 pm. Tony’s Mom was setting up for a garage sale and his siblings were there having a post-price stickering beer. We spent a couple hours catching up and laughing over old photos they had found before we piled into the spare rooms to sleep.The next morning we hauled all the garage sale things back out front and Tony and I left to go see his friend, Nick an hour and a half away. Nicks family is like Tony’s second family and they treated us to pizza, which we ate while keeping the dogs at bay. Tony and Nick had got Doogie, the black and tan coonhound, and Missy the beagle when they were roommates and the dogs had moved back to WI with Nick a few years ago. Doogie is 12 and has bone cancer but even so, he’s still a ball of energy and he howled for a solid 5 minutes when Tony walked in the door. Missy gave Tony the cold shoulder for not being around but eventually warmed up to her usual, bossy, short self. A few hours later we headed back to Blue Mounds where we spent a quiet evening over beer hanging out with his family.

The next morning had us off to Pennsylvania by 7:00 am. Tony’s mom packed us sandwiches, snacks and water bottles (she’s great!) and we hit the road for another 13 hours. The trip was again, uneventful although we were both over being in the car 4 hours in.

Tony’s coworker Will moved from Colorado to Pennsylvania right about the time we left for New Orleans and he and his wife, Ashley, were so kind as to put us up in their beautiful house. Ashley runs the website Truly Dvinyl and her beautiful creations are tastefully placed around their house.

We got in around 10:00 pm again, having made good time despite dragging our feet on the second leg, and Ashley had homemade spaghetti, salad, and cookies waiting. She is a gem.The next morning they insisted on buying us breakfast at a cute, little diner and then we struck out to hike up one of their favorite trails that runs along a gorgeous waterfall. Easily one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve been on. Afterward, we collected groceries and ate lo mein and then drank gin and tonics while playing Monopoly Deal, a simpler twist on the traditional game that is loads of fun.

The next morning Tony and I packed up again and headed out for the final 6 ½ hour stretch to Maine. We got an email that morning from our landlords, Sue who we’ve been communicating with was feeling sick and was heading out to their campsite and her husband would be there to meet us. We were to give him a call an hour before we arrived.

We called about an hour out and it went straight to voicemail. When we pulled in, we knocked on the door and he answered, apologetically explaining his phone had gone through the wash that morning and he was just finishing up a few things if we could come back in 30 minutes.Tony and I struck out walking for the beach, seeing as it’s less than a half mile from our new dwellings! Maine is beautiful and the tide was low as we dug our toes into the sand. The part of the beach we live by is sandy, not rocky and is absolutely stunning.

We headed back to the house and Mike cheerfully showed us around. The house is beautiful with a spacious kitchen, a washer, and dryer, a beautiful loft area with sun pouring through the windows while gauzy curtains ripple in the ocean breeze. The shower is huge, newly tiled and the tub is also a jacuzzi!

Mike said farewell and we unloaded the faithful suburban. After about an hour in the house I was sneezing, itchy-eyed and stuffy. The leftover cat dander and whatever cleaning products they’d used had me in a bad way and a few hours of getting things organized later, we’ realized most of the restaurants were closing, so we opted to pick up a frozen pizza and some wine from the store instead.We got back, preheated the oven which began to emit a steamy, chemical smell from the vent which we discovered was due to a black mat along the bottom. I pulled it out and we aired out the kitchen and as that was the final straw to the allergy situation, I struck out to the corner store which thankfully was open past 10:00 pm for some antihistamines.

They did the trick and we finally sat down to pizza and a salad at 11:00 pm, completely exhausted but happy. There had been a few moments of hunger and weariness causing some strain, especially when coupled with moving heavy things and tripping over belongings. But in the middle of it all, I just thought to myself, yeah moving all of our things around every 5 months really sucks. But it’s so worth it, who else gets to live in Maine for the summer? I’ve now been here 10 days and already Maine is one of my favorite places we’ve been. I can’t wait to see what the summer has in store!

To Be Continued…

May 11, 2018

We left Colorado after a few fun days with Tori and Max and headed for Wisconsin. The drive was smooth and uneventful, and we arrived in Blue Mounds, WI around 10:00 pm. Tony’s Mom was setting up for a garage sale and his siblings were there having a post-price stickering beer. We spent a couple hours catching up and laughing over old photos they had found before we piled into the spare rooms to sleep.

The next morning we hauled all the garage sale things back out front and Tony and I left to go see his friend, Nick an hour and a half away. Nicks family is like Tony’s second family and they treated us to pizza, which we ate while keeping the dogs at bay. Tony and Nick had got Doogie, the black and tan coonhound, and Missy the beagle when they were roommates and the dogs had moved back to WI with Nick a few years ago. Doogie is 12 and has bone cancer but even so, he’s still a ball of energy and he howled for a solid 5 minutes when Tony walked in the door. Missy gave Tony the cold shoulder for not being around but eventually warmed up to her usual, bossy, short self. A few hours later we headed back to Blue Mounds where we spent a quiet evening over beer hanging out with his family.

The next morning had us off to Pennsylvania by 7:00 am. Tony’s mom packed us sandwiches, snacks and water bottles (she’s great!) and we hit the road for another 13 hours. The trip was again, uneventful although we were both over being in the car 4 hours in.

Tony’s coworker Will moved from Colorado to Pennsylvania right about the time we left for New Orleans and he and his wife, Ashley, were so kind as to put us up in their beautiful house. Ashley runs the website Truly Dvinyl and her beautiful creations are tastefully placed around their house.

We got in around 10:00 pm again, having made good time despite dragging our feet on the second leg, and Ashley had homemade spaghetti, salad, and cookies waiting. She is a gem.

The next morning they insisted on buying us breakfast at a cute, little diner and then we struck out to hike up one of their favorite trails that runs along a gorgeous waterfall. Easily one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve been on. Afterward, we collected groceries and ate lo mein and then drank gin and tonics while playing Monopoly Deal, a simpler twist on the traditional game that is loads of fun.

The next morning Tony and I packed up again and headed out for the final 6 ½ hour stretch to Maine. We got an email that morning from our landlords, Sue who we’ve been communicating with was feeling sick and was heading out to their campsite and her husband would be there to meet us. We were to give him a call an hour before we arrived.

We called about an hour out and it went straight to voicemail. When we pulled in, we knocked on the door and he answered, apologetically explaining his phone had gone through the wash that morning and he was just finishing up a few things if we could come back in 30 minutes.

Tony and I struck out walking for the beach, seeing as it’s less than a half mile from our new dwellings! Maine is beautiful and the tide was low as we dug our toes into the sand. The part of the beach we live by is sandy, not rocky and is absolutely stunning.

We headed back to the house and Mike cheerfully showed us around. The house is beautiful with a spacious kitchen, a washer, and dryer, a beautiful loft area with sun pouring through the windows while gauzy curtains ripple in the ocean breeze. The shower is huge, newly tiled and the tub is also a jacuzzi!

Mike said farewell and we unloaded the faithful suburban. After about an hour in the house, I was sneezing, itchy-eyed and stuffy. The leftover cat dander and whatever cleaning products they’d used had me in a bad way and a few hours of getting things organized later, we’ realized most of the restaurants were closing, so we opted to pick up a frozen pizza and some wine from the store instead.

We got back, preheated the oven which began to emit a steamy, chemical smell from the vent which we discovered was due to a black mat along the bottom. I pulled it out and we aired out the kitchen and as that was the final straw to the allergy situation, I struck out to the corner store which thankfully was open past 10:00 pm for some antihistamines.

They did the trick and we finally sat down to pizza and a salad at 11:00 pm, completely exhausted but happy. There had been a few moments of hunger and weariness causing some strain, especially when coupled with moving heavy things and tripping over belongings. But in the middle of it all, I just thought to myself, yeah moving all of our things around every 5 months really sucks. But it’s so worth it, who else gets to live in Maine for the summer? I’ve now been here 10 days and already Maine is one of my favorite places we’ve been. I can’t wait to see what the summer has in store!

To Be Continued…

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4 Comments

  1. I’m jealous of how close you are to the beach!

    • Haha, you guys are welcome any time! – Savannah

  2. So glad to spend time with you two, it was so much fun! Can’t wait to visit you guys up there 😊

    • Thanks Ashley! Same here 🙂 – Savannah


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