Total miles flew: 6,032 (PVD-SEA & home)
Total miles driven: 1,940 (Pomfret-Moncton, NB to Pomfret to Lubec, ME to Pomfret)
+ driving around WA (522)
= 2,462 total miles driven!
Miles hiked: 25+
I have hundreds of great pictures, memories, ideas/sketches for new music, in addition to being totally relaxed and ready to get back to work!
As I take a break from packing for my next adventures (Tacoma, Olympic National Park, Seattle) I figured it was time to finally update the last week. I was in Maine with Donna Dufresne, her husband, their friend Stuart, and his daughter Julia. They were renting a house two doors down from the town’s post office / border control station. It was a great spot to sit on the porch and watch the traffic to and from Campobello island, Canada! This former fishing town had a bustling smokehouse industry. However, now most of the smokehouses are shuttered and slowly rotting into the sea. I’m sure the 20′ tides from the Bay of Fundy are helping. There are also tons of houses for sale, property for sale, abandoned houses…you get the idea.
The one thing this town seems to have going for it is the Summer Keys festival. Musicians will come up for a week, or multiple weeks, of study and practice, and recitals. Another friend from Connecticut, Jim Bump, did that for years, fell in love with the area, bought a house, and now comes up every summer! He was playing viola in the quartet Michael was playing in, though they are not officially connected with the summer keys.
Some highlights: Monica’s Chocolates, biking to Quoddy Head, working on 2 new songs with Donna, recording Mozart’s “Dissonant” Quartet, and lots of good food! I’ve been working on the photos from the trip and they are mostly below!
The shots you have all been waiting for, with a few more to come!
I’ve been in Lubec, ME, for four days now, and I’m leaving tomorrow! I haven’t had cell phone service, which has been great, though the internet has been great! I forgot my camera reader so I haven’t been able to get any of the great pictures I have been taking off my camera. It has also been too nice to spend too much time writing about the trip…plus full days have sent me to bed at reasonable hours for a change. Today I finally mailed out some post cards! This afternoon I will be recording Michael’s string quartet. And right now I am getting ready to track a demo of a new song with Donna! We have converted the dining room into a little studio, complete with mics, a keyboard, and some Schnauzers. I managed to get a few pictures off my phone and they’re included here.