Summer adventure wrap-up

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!

Summer Adventures: part 3

Our final night in Moncton was fairly low key. After a really late night on Friday, and armed with the knowledge that we would be getting up early on Sunday to head back home, we took it easy. A day in the sun at the beach made us all fairly tired…I think everyone except Zach took a shot nap when we got back to the house. Moe treated us to an amazing dinner…strip steaks, sausage, and bacon-ranch mashed potatoes. Kevin has an awesome meat market a block from his house! The prices there were great. It was actually kinda surprising, since the American dollar was on the weak side, and alcohol was super expensive in New Brunswick ($22 Canadian for a 12 pack!). It was nice to see that at least some prices were reasonable. I helped by cooking the bacon, then hung out playing guitar with Zach until dinner was ready.

After dinner, we spent a few minutes sitting outside and watching the crazy weather. Due to the Bay of Fundy, there is crazy wind every night around twilight. Tonight the wind was super intense. Parts of the city actually lost power. Kevin was lying in his hammock, but we decided to go in because we were worried that the tree would blow over on him! Certainly not your average wind storm.

With everyone still drained from the night before, we decided to head back to the Chris Rock for a relaxed evening of shuffle board, pool, and watching baseball. By 12:30 we decided to head home. We watched an episode of the Trailer Park Boys, and then I went to bed around 2am.

Zach woke me up by 6:30, and we were on the road by 7. We had crossed the border by 9:30, grabbed a quick breakfast at McDonald’s, and headed south. I was back in Pomfret by 4:30pm. I took an epic shower, a nap, and did my laundry. After dinner I watched the National Parks on Netflix, updated this blog, folded my clothes, and headed to bed. I had a great weekend, but I ready for a relaxing Monday of practicing and a rehearsal with Big Jump, before I head back to Maine on Tuesday.

final stats: 1,300 miles, 57 hours, 4 states, one province

Summer Adventures: part 2

Noon. We are full of diner food. Gearing up to go to the beach. And nap.

Last night was fun, exploring downtown Moncton. We started out by visiting the new casino on the outskirts of town. It was much smaller than Foxwoods, etc. There was a house band playing…country…the bass player was slaying it, as in he thought he was playing in a punk rock band. The keyboard player looked like he wanted to kill himself. We played nickel roulette, but left pretty quickly. No one really wanted to stay long. And we needed to check out the local watering hole, the Chris Rock. It was a pretty low key bar. We played shuffle board, and Zach ran into a bunch if people from university.

Afterwards we walked to a club: the Vie. Here is where it became apparent that I underestimated the cost of this trip and didn’t bring enough money. I forgot to turn on international travel on my debit card and couldn’t take more money out if the ATM. So we’ve switched over to credit card. In any case, we went to an after party down town when the clubs closed. Just chillin with some friends. Finally we got cabs back around 4:30 am. The cabs and the casino were also part if the reason why the trip was expensive.

flowers @ kevin’s

But back to today. We started out getting up fairly early, around 9:30 am…especially considering we didn’t get home until 4:30! Kevin’s girlfriend Robin came with us to the diner for breakfast, and it was fun chatting and getting to know her, as she spent most of the weekend away and hanging out with her friends (though we did run into them at Vie). We spent the day at the beach, swimming, sunning, tossing a disc. The wearer was perfect, and the water was incredible. Apparently they are know for the warmest water north of North Carolina, and I’d believe it. It was way nicer than most if the places I’ve been in Maine. After the beach, it was back to the house for barbecuing steaks and twice baked potatoes and sausages. And later, well, that update will have to wait until tomorrow