A few weekends ago, Ross and I had the pleasure of joining my mom and taking an adventure to Maine in search of seafood and ice cream.
The number one goal of our trip was to get a gluten-free lobster roll, with just butter rather than mayo. My second priority was to enjoy some gluten-free fried seafood as well if possible.
We began the trip heading to Mack’s Place in Bridgton, Maine, about two hours north and an hour or so west of Portland. Their gluten-free options are truly extensive, and everything from their lobster roll to their whole belly clams and fries was extremely delicious. Their staff was attentive and informative and everything was affordable too!
After a wonderful meal, we continued the beautiful and scenic ride to Portland, where we walked by the ocean, shopped a bit, got ice cream at Mt. Desert Island and topped it all off with a visit to Seadog Brewery for a drink or (in my case) a delicious gluten-free flourless chocolate dessert.
We so enjoyed spending time with my mom and exploring New Hampshire and Maine together. We had some delicious food and drink, but the company really made it.
When you leave your hometown for whatever it is you’re looking for, you accept there are things you will miss. Jamie and I left the familiar behind for something new, something unknown. We left behind green summers and cold white winters. We left favorite haunts like Amphora and Maia Papaya. We left behind students and friends and family. There are so many things to miss about home but our focus was on the adventures before us. And what adventures we’ve had! This year alone we’ve spent an excessive amount of time at Disney World, adopted an amazing fuzzy travel companion, visited New Mexico and extensively explored Fort Collins. We met new friends, ate delicious food, and played our music all along the way. We never stopped missing all the things we love about New Hampshire but there is so much to see in this country. It’s almost overwhelming (in a good way) to think about how much we’ve done in such a short time.
As we approached New England in late September the landscape grew more and more familiar. Reliance on GPS lessened as I found myself on roads I’d driven time and again. There’s comfort in the familiar – even the places that drove me nuts when I lived here. Coming home is a reset – like going to sleep allows the brain to process all the information of the day, spending time with friends and family, sharing our stories and taking part of all our favorite parts of home cleanses our minds in anticipation of what is to come.
The next leg of our adventure is just around the corner, but right now I’m focused on visiting the coast, eating a bunch of seafood and hanging out with friends as long as I can while I’m here. You know, all that stuff that I’m going to miss.
Ross and I recently headed to Laramie, Wyoming. While our main goal was to get some homemade ice cream, which I will be sharing about here, we also were able to fit in a visit to the Wyoming State Prison.
The location for this prison is absolutely gorgeous. It was pretty awe-inspiring, honestly. We also noticed a few RVs parked there, so I imagine they allow overnight parking. When we arrived, we only had an hour left until they closed, so it was a true whirlwind tour.
Seeing the cells (and going inside them), reading the stories of the outlaws and the women and men who probably didn’t deserve to be imprisoned…it was powerful and truly fascinating. Wyoming was a really tough place for a long time, and that was definitely clear here.
After our visit, we visited a game store and headed downtown for homemade ice cream. And then we went for Mexican, which ended up being pretty delicious and easy, even gluten-free. It was a great night!
Laramie is a college town and the downtown is both quirky and cute. I will enjoy a future, return visit, and we were glad we stopped.
Thanks for reading! And if you enjoyed this, consider giving our affordable visit to Delaware a read.
We recently returned to Boulder. We visited some of our favorite spots, including the bookstore and a delicious fast casual Brazilian restaurant called Five on Black where almost the entire place is gluten-free.
Unfortunately our yoga class was canceled due to rain, but we did visit a tasty chocolate food truck to sample drinking chocolate and a truffle, and we still had a fun gig at The Laughing Goat.
We also got to meet Shack, a wonderful blues performer who opened for us. He’s extremely talented and will be representing Colorado and competing at the international competition this year! We’ve only got a few weeks left here, so we are doing our best to make the most of it and not get stressed about the silly stuff. We are also continuing to work on booking gigs in our free time.
We are excited to return to New England. From visiting family and friends to eating at our favorite places and cooking with local produce, there’s a lot to look forward to. And we have tons of teaching and performing to do too!
Thanks for following our journey, and let us know if you have ideas for us this fall.