Poster at LL Bean. This was the old LL Bean.
The newer LL Bean
I was overwhelmed. I recall stopping at the old store back in the 70s. An impressive experience, five in the morning, all sorts of outdoor equipment. Today LL Bean is like a shopping mall all onto itself. There's various departments and sections. A maze of clothing, home furnishings, far from just outdoor related merchandise. I was trying to find a small songbird call. I was sent to three different departments, none of which had one on hand. I originally thought if anyone would have it, LL Bean would. I'm not inclined to make this stop again.
A little of the old Bean still remains.
Bath Iron Works ship building. Another institution along the coast.
Old Route 1 Drawbridge over the Kennebec River in the background.
Newer Route 1 in the fore. Old and new once again.
On the grounds by the Patten Free Library, Bath
Old Clock downtown Bath.
From Bath I went over to Chimney Farm, where one of my favorite naturalist writers, Henry Beston lived. This was planned ahead of time, one of the literary pilgrimages I have been wanting to make for a long time. His "Outermost House" is a classic, about living on outer Cape Cod for a year back in the 1920s. Another one of books is "Northern Farm," about living at Chimney Farm. I knew the people who live there, caretaking the place, Gary and Beth. They own Gulf of Maine books in Brunswick. We had arranged for me to come up on Sunday and camp on the land.
I can't go into too much here, need to get outdoors, but had a great visit, connecting both with the farm and history and with Gary and Beth.
A few pictures follow with maybe a little more tomorrow.
Chimney Farm house. Note the five chimneys.
Lupine and cemetery.
View to Damariscotta Lake to the east.
Henry's writing cabin.