DSC_0323Amber and I have seen so much of this amazing area lately it has been hard to keep up! But now that we have found our Moxie we have the energy to do some more sharing. There is so much beauty and variety and richness to life here it is difficult to explain. One of the mottos we see often is – “Maine, the way life should be” – I really get this. And it seems like the people that live here get it too. We have chatted with so many Mainers like the lovely couple who own the Airbnb right next to Fort Edgecomb that were so happy to take the time to fill us in on some history. Everyone  seems to genuinely appreciate the life they have here and take a lot of pride in their community and history. Those of you from Maine that have been replying – we just can’t thank you enough! Amber is filling up our outing schedule with your “must see” recommendations and we really appreciate your explanations of mysteries – we now know how to use the “L” to access our bighouse-littlehouse-backhouse-barn and that the roads are crowned high to deal with the wicked rain!
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We see a lot of boats here of course. This boat owner is going to be upset when he gets home to find he left the water running.
We visited the state capital, Augusta, just long enough to capture a picture of Amber doing her best Statue of Liberty impression.
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We got a pre season walk around Fort Edgecomb. It dates back to about 1810 and it is amazingly well maintained. I can’t wait to get back to it when it is open! I always say to Amber when we are looking at old forts that “I never get tired of looking at old forts.” And she always says “I know. You have told me.” Yeah that is what she says.DSC_0470
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I am thinking this would make a very welcoming feature for any home.DSC_0475
We have been able to see sap collection buckets around and apparently there is a Maple Sunday the last Sunday in March with lots of maple centered activities. We plan to get in on those. They should make for a sweet post.
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We have also discovered two of the coolest places ever – I mean wicked cool – Morse’s Sauerkraut and Hussey’s General Store. Morse’s is a converted barn on a winding road in the country and it calls itself a euro deli. It is packed with candy, baking supplies and treats from Europe, particularly Germany. They also have local cheese and meats done in old world fashion and, of course, sauerkraut. One wing serves as a cafe with only like six stalls. We got to the place on an off-season Sunday and still had to wait 40 minutes for a table! That was fine, however, since there was so much to look at and get to feeling European. We had gone there because we had been told the Reuben sandwiches were good. Oh boy. Yeah they were worth the wait! They should be on the Food Network. Amber is researching how to clue Guy in on this place. The Reubens were amazing with their famous, house made kraut. Even the pickles were over the top. They came two ways, and again, house made, and nice and crunchy.
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Quite the array of marzipan. DSC_0325 DSC_0321 DSC_0332 DSC_0335
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Mmm, mustard!
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We have found that there are many local general or country stores here in Maine and we found the mother of them all. Hussey’s General Store is the kind of place I dream of finding but did not think really existed. You can get everything there! Yeah, the sign kind of gives it away. 
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There is that old-fashioned washer I know *Amber will love, a furnace like the one my grandparents had in Minnesota, a baked bean pot big enough for…well one of these Maine community bean suppers we have heard about, ice fishing baskets, hunting supplies and yes…a fine collection of wedding gowns…right next to the work boots.
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*(ah, we’ve talked about his already and he is taking over the duty of washing clothes)
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Totally legit wedding dress section!
We did not buy anything that trip but Amber did try on a few hats.
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