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Snow ? What Snow ?

We ended up going to Maine this weekend after all – cabin fever, combined with a reduced snow forecast on Saturday morning, drove us out of the house, and up to Orono. Sometimes you've just got to say, “What the heck, let's go for it.” After some heavy wet snow, then rain, and some more snow from the Merrimack River to just north of Portland, the way was clear, and we made it in time to get to the motel, recuperate, get dinner (unfortunately, not at Pat's Pizza), and show up at the Alfond Arena to see the Black Bears dominate the UMass Lowell Riverhawks.

This was a good game for Maine: they got a lot of shots on goal, produced during the power plays, and generally looked alert, especially in the third period. The kids don't really pay that much attention, so it's good that we had seats in the bleachers, where they could amuse themselves and play around without disturbing the other fans.

We stayed at the White House Inn, which is right next to (and affiliated with) Dysart's Truck Stop, where we had a hearty breakfast; they've got a lot of different kinds of pancakes ! Sometime we'll have try the Eighteen-Wheeler, which is a sundae made with, yes, eighteen scoops of ice cream.

It was very sunny in central Maine this morning. On the way back, we stopped at Freeport, for a little shopping: a bag for O, new shoes for S0, and lunch at the Azure Cafe. This Italian place looked “too good,” and I was afraid that maybe it was right for the kids, but it turned out really well, even when S1 refused to eat her pasta – when she didn't like the orrecchetti (ear) shapes, the waiter took pity on us and had the kitchen make some “pascetti” instead.

The drive from Orono to Boston is about 250 miles, but I always feel much less crispy compared to when I have to drive to New Jersey. Stress in driving has a lore more to do with Others than Distance. We came home to driveway full of heavy, wet snow, but it was great to get out there and keep the cabin fever at bay. Now can we have some Spring soon, please ?


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Mar. 14th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it up there. Brave souls!

And Dysarts is near and dear to my heart. It's completely different than it was when I was growing up, but... they still serve the apple bread pudding and the BIG RIG burger...so all is not lost!
Mar. 14th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
I guess is bravery plus and inordinate amount of experience of driving in the snow since December !

What did Dysart's used to be like ?
Mar. 15th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
It was gritty and smokey... about half the size... the non-smoking section had about three tables... and back then... The "Truckers Only" Table was king. We were invited to sit there one early morning and I talked with a guy who's cargo was rags from Canada...

Those were the days!
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