Trip to Maine (Vacation Recap Part 2)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

We last left off in Part 1 when we arrived at the apartment.  Turns out this apartment, was originally built as an in-law suite above the garage of the proprietors who live in the house next door.  When the husband's mother passed away a few years ago, the couple began renting it out.  Overall, the apartment was great!  It was a 1-bedroom with a full kitchen, living room, breakfast nook, washer/dryer and deck with a grill, hammock and fire pit.  The unit was a few hundred feet from Sebago Cove where they had a row boat and canoe for our use.  After checking in, we went to Walmart for some groceries so we could save money on breakfast, lunch and one dinner.  Also, turned out that the homeowner's association was having a "drive-in movie" and all the local vacationing kids drove their golf carts down to the lake's beach area where a movie screen was set up and popcorn was popping in the nearby pavilion. It felt like camp!

On our way back we stopped for some ice cream, because what's a vacation without nightly ice cream from the local spot.  We also got to walk around the town of Naples which had a few restaurants, shops and mini-golf.

For our first full day in Maine we slept in, made breakfast and enjoyed the fresh air!  We went down to the lake to make use of the rowboat, only to discover we really didn't know how to operate the rowboat - especially when it came to navigating it through 10-15 other pontoon boats docked.  We put the boat back and tried again with the canoe.  We were much more successful with the canoe.  We paddled almost all the way to the far end of the lake and back.  Back on land we went for a swim and enjoyed the "beach" area.

After lunch we drove over to the locks where boats pass from one lake to another (someone remind me to tell my funny "locks" story sometime).  What was cool about these locks were they were operated completely manually - looked like a summer college intern.
Boats waiting for the water to rise at the locks
Later, back in town we took a ride on the Songo River Queen II, where we got a narrated tour of Long Lake (a long lake connected to the Big Sebago).  For dinner we ventured north to the next town and then stopped for ice cream, of course.
View of town of Naples from River Queen
Our second day on the lake was spent at Sebago State park which has a beach.  We lounged around early in the day and bought some tubes to use on the lake. The rest of the afternoon was spent back on the canoe, grilling  up some dogs and mini-golf in town. We switched things up a bit and our dessert was s'mores by the campfire instead of the ice cream.
View from Beach at Sebago State Park
Stay tuned for Part 3 as I conclude the Maine recap.


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