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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Freeport & Popham Beach, Maine

Randy really wanted to see LL Bean since its home is Freeport. So, off we went Thursday morning to see the beginnings of LL Bean. Well, I have to say I was disappointed. I expected to find an older building where the store got its start. Instead, we found this huge complex (3 buildings!!) in the midst of other “outlet” shopping. Granted, the outlet shopping is in downtown Freeport and the stores are housed in many quaint buildings, but it was still outlet shopping, i.e, Bath & Body Works, Nautica, Carters, etc., you get what I mean. But, we did browse through the retail LL Bean store and it is HUGE - 3 floors. The other 2 LL Bean buildings housed a bike & ski shop and a hunting & fishing store. We also browsed through Moose Mania Emporium and Cool as a Moose. Both of these stores had some Maine “atmosphere” with neat knickknacks and the requisite t-shirts.

From the outlet shopping we headed to
South Freeport because I wanted to see some fishermen and South Freeport sits right on the water. It was beautiful looking out from the wharf and seeing all of the many boats there are. Got some good pictures and headed for home.

On the way home, we stopped at this old General Store near our campground just to see what they had. While there, one of the local mailmen was in the store and told us we really needed to go to Popham Beach, just down the road. So, off we went and we’re so glad we did! Again, gorgeous beach scenery.

At the end of the road in Popham Beach was Fort Popham, a nice surprise.
This fort was built to protect this area of Maine, but was never quite finished. It actually was garrisoned during three wars; the Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War I. It had to be a very lonely place because there isn’t much else around there. It sits at the mouth of Kennebec River where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. An absolutely beautiful place, but sure wouldn’t want to be there in the winter! It was very breezy the day we were there and the temperature was barely 60 degrees, so it was a little chilly. I can’t imagine being there in the dead of winter.

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