Jerry’s turn! Thanks so much, as usual, for taking the time to keep up with us!
While enjoying the sunrise I find myself nibbling on SF Boudin Bakery sourdough bread! (worked at Colombo Bakery years ago but that’s another story). How did we come by our sourdough bread? Glad you asked! Turn back the clock to earlier this week to a conversation with Susan’s sister, Betsy, Gladys who took care of Susan’s mother for close to 10 years as her care provider, and their friend Jan as they planned their trip from California to Bangor. Gladys called and asked us what she could bring from Northern CA. I asked for sourdough bread and to my amazement she showed up with not one loaf of heavenly SF area sourdough, but two… yes count them two loaves of sourdough bread! I opened a bag and inhaled the yeasty, and slightly sour smell that curled my toes.
But, let me backup a bit further. Labor Day Weekend we had a very fun Sunday with our friends, Scott and Linda at a Elk’s Club car show fundraiser. It was fun just hanging with them and checking out all the cars, buying raffle tickets and supporting their charity of choice. Children’s Cancer. Susan actually won two raffle prizes.
We attended their Labor Day BBQ with their family! It is humbling to have people who have adopted us and treat us like family! Maine is a special place! There is only one thing preventing us from settling down here. The winters can be rough! After we visit Florida, we will have a better understanding of what is available for us to acquire a permanent resident to winter over and travel back to Maine for the summers. The staff and owner of the RV park we are staying at pack up and head to Florida October 15th for the winter. We are hoping our new friends will visit us while we are in Florida.
Linda and Scott helped play tour guide with our company and took us to visit Treworgy Family Orchards, which is a local farm where you can pick blueberries, raspberries and various varieties of apples, and even pet the goats and donkey. We also saw baby chicks, and various infant animals, all cute! When we drove into the parking lot I was instantly taken back to the apple orchards in Northern California! Great memories!
We have a favorite restaurant that we have visited several times, Mason’s Brewing Company on the Penobscot river in Brewer. We sit outside, enjoying the view of the Bangor skyline and river while enjoying creative food. We are not food critics, we know what we like and will visit the same restaurant when we find great food and service! We did take our company there the first night they arrived and then back again after apple picking. It’s that good for two days in a row!
Susan will be sharing more about our visit with family and friends in next week’s blog
On a different note, we have been asked numerous times how we handle medical issues. Well, I had a check up with a great doctor here in Bangor. All systems look good! FYI, attending to our medical needs can be a bit challenging while living in a RV and traveling the great USA! We have a healthcare plan that provides coverage for us in all 50 states! We carry our medical records with us, helping our provider better understand us. We have to plan ahead and book appointments well in advance of our arrival to a particular location. Our next long stay will be in St. Augustine, FL for three months. We plan on seeing specialists and dealing with our dental needs. As we are both on Medicare now, life is a little easier and the costs have dropped. As we age the reality of life is: we will need to be close to medical services. Ha, the process of aging!
We have a few weeks left in Maine, before we head south to winter in Florida. We still have a lot to do and explore while here. We’ll be going to Acadia National Park a few more times, as we have more company coming from the Bay Area, and we cannot wait! On top of that, we’re just finding fun things to do with Scott and Linda.
Some of my thoughts about Maine:
- I will never be a Patriots fan.
- We will never be Mainers, (you must be born here)
- People talk funny (they think we talk funny too)
- People take the time to talk
- People aren’t stressed out
- If you are befriended by a Mainer; it is for life!
We are currently making plans for while we are in Florida later in the year. We hope to participate as judges of BBQ competitions while in Florida. Great adventures await! Leave us comments, ask questions, subscribe to our You tube channel, yes you have to have a Gmail account, but you don’t have to use it. We hope to see you somewhere from the road! Let us know where you are and we would love to stop by your city and visit!
Just one more: adventure with our new friends Scott and Linda!