The last day of our mini-vacation is also my husband’s 50th birthday. So I let him decide what he wanted to do today. The result: We left Waterville early and headed for the coast. We drove to Orr’s Island (why in the world would my hockey loving husband want to go to a place named Orr’s?) for lunch at Cook’s.
Cook’s is a world famous lobster and seafood restaurant right on the water. It has windows all around so almost everyone gets a great view of the water. The food is always good and very fresh – they don’t have to go very far to get their lobsters. You can often watch the lobstermen pulling their pots as you eat what may well have been yesterday’s haul. We were fairly early for the lunch crowd and were rewarded with a prime seat at the windows with a view of the world’s only cribstone bridge. While it started to fill up as we ate (so did we), it was a nice, quiet lunch for us.
After lunch, we continued south on Route 1. Our next destination was Freeport, ME, home of the retailer L L Bean. We had already been there to shop, so we bypassed the downtown area on our way to DeLorme’s Map Store in Yarmouth. DeLorme is an incredible map and GPS company with their world headquarters in Yarmouth, ME. Since, in addition to being a hockey fanatic, my husband is also a map fanatic, we stop there whenever we’re in the area. The highlight of the stop for me is the world’s largest globe, which graces the lobby of the building. It is three stories tall and in motion, simulating the earth’s rotation and spin. You can check it out at their website if you want to see for yourself: www.delorme.com
After our map stop, we drove on to Portland for a hockey game to top off the birthday boy’s day. The Portland Pirates are the American Hockey League (minor league) affiliate of The Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. They were playing the Hartford Wolf Pack, affiliate of the New York Rangers. AHL hockey is a lot of fun, family priced and we have seen a lot NHL stars in their early years, including Martin St Louis, Dwayne Roloson and Dennis Wideman.
The game was good. The teams were fairly evenly matched. Portland won 2-1. The “first star” of the game was Portland goalie Jonas Hiller. He made 41 saves, many of them exceptional, and had excellent positioning throughout the game. He really won the game for Portland.
We got home by 9 PM and unpacked without incident. We’re getting as good at unpacking as we are at packing up. It had been a good time away, but it was good to sleep in my own bed.