Having decided to leave Newport earlier than expected, I secured a short stay at Blueberry Pond Campground near Freeport. It is one of the very peaceful places we stayed during our tour through New England two years ago, and since they are Passport America participants the full hook up sites are quite affordable for short stays. Given how tight we were with our May budget, it was just the thing to help keep us on track during the final days of the month.
Our spacious site at Blueberry Pond Campground
Located on several wooded acres, most sites have plenty of greenery and are well spaced from your neighbors. The campground has free, mostly usable wifi, at least during our stay when there were not many other campers present. Most weekend nights the owner invites the campers to the fire pit near his on site home and office. This is a nice touch that helps Blueberry Pond stand out a bit from the many wooded campgrounds available in Maine.
Rocking our #LINDASTRONG t-shirts on the day of the Norfolk Area ALS Fundraising Walk
We had two restful days there, and then one extravagant day in nearby Freeport, where between shopping at the outlets, drinks, and a restaurant visit we put a pretty hefty strain on our June budget on day one! For quite some time we had on our wish list a bike rack that mounts on the Geo Trackers spare tire bracket. For the last couple of years we have had them mounted on the rear ladder of the motorhome, but that impeded ready access to the roof when needed, and precluded mounting other objects there, such as the kayaks we will eventually purchase.
Splurging on a lobster roll, clam chowder, and wine during our day in Freeport
L.L. Bean’s boat and bike section had the Thule model we liked, and even better they had one left in the outlet building at 30% off, and to top it off they were running some sort of big weekend sales event with factory reps present, so we got the thing mounted by experts for free. You would think it would be pretty easy, just take off the spare, slide on the mounting plate, etc. I was pretty surprised how complicated it was, and glad that we stayed around for the install; it would have taken me a couple of hours to sort it out.
Our new Thule bike rack
A shorter than normal post for us; we really did not do much more than one day of shopping in Freeport during this three day stay. Up next: a return to another Maine campground in which we learn to check out all of the loops for maximum enjoyment.