Since we decided to get off the road and park the RV in New Hampshire for the entire Summer we have been doing a lot of White Mountain and Lakes District outdoorsy type of stuff. You know, hiking, fishing, kayaking and such. Sometimes though we get the need to get out of the woods and hit the big city. Not too big a city, we don’t want to get too stressed out, so we head to Portland, Maine. It’s only an hour plus from where we are, but it is on the coast and offers a change of scenery from the mountains, and lots to see and do.
We have wandered the harbor area and grabbed brunch at our favorite restaurant, The Porthole. It looks kind of dumpy outside, but we can sit out back, enjoy the view and have never been disappointed in the food. Then we can walk across the street and pick up some fresh seafood to take home at the Harbor Fish Market. We have taken a ferry ride to tour the islands of Casco Bay. You don’t have to get off on the islands, although you can. We usually just enjoy the sea air and the views of Portland Harbor, the lighthouses and the sailboats and fishing vessels. There are shops, galleries, restaurants, and tour boats and museums. So, depending on what we are in the mood for, we never lack for something to do.
The last time we went in we went to a Sea Dogs game. The Portland Sea Dogs are a Double A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. We like minor league baseball. When we are on the road and near a city that has a team, we will try and see a game. The stadiums are smaller, the tickets inexpensive, the fans are enthusiastic and there is not a multimillion dollar player ego to be found. Just a fun time at the old ballgame with some peanuts and popcorn and crackerjacks, before we get in the car and head back to our RV in the woods.