Lobster rolls and More

Disclaimer:  This is hard to look at and read if you crave lobster rolls.  It will make you want to bite into one sooner rather than later.


My friend and I went camping at Hammonasset State park.  We walked to Lenny and Joes’s  Seafood many times and ate the best hot buttered Lobster Rolls.

We met a man in Madison while we were shopping for car coasters and books.  He told us we must go to The Clam Castle and have a grilled cheese Lobster sandwich.  It was totally wonderful to eat BUT I’ll still need my lobster rolls.

We continued to eat another Hot Lobster roll while camping at the beach.  Can you get too much of a good thing?  Not according to Liberace the musician who said “Too much of a good thing is Wonderful.”  I agree!

We switched out one meal to whole belly fried clams from The Clam Castle.  They were good and I had leftovers.

On my way to Deer Isle, Maine for my workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.  I camped overnight in Freeport, Maine.  Before I visited L.L.Bean I stopped for a lobster roll.  On the menu was a combination mini lobster and crab roll.  I made a wise decision when I ordered that!  Yummy, and it gave me the energy to shop at L.L.Bean.

The next morning I made my way to Belfast, Maine.  I was hunting for SueCakes a store run by a former elementary school student of mine.  She is quite the pastry artist.  I enjoyed seeing her, drinking a delicious smoothie and looking at her gluten free cake creations.

I went on my way, winding around back roads forever, when I spotted a roadside stand filled with cars.  I stopped at the best cold lobster roll place of my whole trip.  It was on the lake.  I found a parking spot and had a Spectacular Lobster roll.IMG_6386

At Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Saturday night we could order a Lobster to be served as a picnic on the rocks.  The people that lived in Maine didn’t order but all the rest of the people ordered a $20. lobster. I don’t know if it was the price, or eating lobster on the rocks?   I didn’t get a picture as it was enough of a challenge to eat the lobster without managing a camera.  It was a soft shell, good but not as full.   Leaving Deer Isle, Maine I went to Bar Harbor, Maine and had a blueberry soft serve and did a sketch along the ocean walk.

A little store by the campground at Acadia National Park had a take out Lobster Dinner.  Add a box of wine to go with all this Lobster.


On the way to Acadia National Park I stopped here.


I visited Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens a beautiful place.  It was lunch time.  I saw a Lobster roll on the menu but the man behind the counter said they were out of Lobster.

I left and saw a $9.99 Lobster roll back on the road.  How could they be out of Lobster the man said?

I picked up my friend and we went to Ogunquit, Maine.  We enjoyed the Marginal Way.

Lobster enjoyed with my friend at the Lobster Pound in Ogunquit, Maine.


I can’t believe what I am seeing in this post.  It is from June until August but it’s a lot of Lobster!

My next post will be my cross country trip.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle Maine- -part 2

Food, Food, and more Food!

No worry about being hungry.  We were trained to be at dining hall when the bell rang and somehow all 90 plus people were hungry and could even eat desert.  It must have been the ocean air? Or the lack of cell phones and internet?IMG_6430

The cakes are a work of art!  My favorite was the Blueberry Cheesecake.  I didn’t get a picture because I was too busy eating it!


These are some of the menus that were posted for every meal.


Fresh baked cookies were out at every lunch time.  You just had to try one or two to get you through to the next meal.

Cartoon Characters

The Young Woman from Iceland does a weekly cartoon for her newspaper.

She arrived in Maine and never did get her luggage but she got so many mosquito bites!

My Cartoon Character

I was inspired me to develop my own cartoon. It’s so much fun.

Myself as Carvannna.

These are some of my cartoons!

And More fast paintings! At the end of the deck overlooking the ocean.





Another Seaweed Painting! Between Painting I wrote down some thoughts:

The Perfect Moment

Sparkling sun, waves  lapping against the rocks,

Seaweed swaying with the water.

Paint, paper, brush, pens by my side, Paint flows,

The sky has pink,

Shadows of purple, islands distant grayish purple and dark green.

Cobalt, cerulean, ultramarine, and turquoise blend into the sky and sea,

greens and burnt sienna along the shore and island.

The moment you realize,

This is it!


North Carolina the Outer Banks

How did I get to North Carolina I asked myself?  I left Pennsyvania and drove through Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.  On the way back from North Carolina through Virginia, then Maryland, over long stretches of bridges and tunnels into Delaware, on to New Jersey and the George Washington bridge to NYC.  Wow!  What a trip.  The Outer Banks is a beautiful wild place.  It was a fun week.


Driving to Cape Hatteras I stopped at Kill Devil Hill to see the site that the Wright Brothers launched their first flight.

Another stop at The Bodie Lighthouse.

Arriving at Cape Hatteras and the house my daughter-in-law, son, 3 grandchildren, her parents, her niece, her brother and his child were staying in this week.  A swimming pool was right beside the house.  It was perfect for a week of great times.


I forgot to take a picture of the large seasoned shrimp as I couldn’t wait to bite into it.  Grits and pulled pork for lunch at Grill and Grits.  Soft vanilla ice cream swirled with fresh peaches!  Breakfast was made every morning by my son.  Life was good.


Driving through the sand in the 4 wheel SUV that my daughter-in-law and son rented we have fun on the beach.  Rip tides, rough surf, sand castles, fishing, painting on the beach, boogie boards, sand crabs and shells make us all happy.

We take the ferry to Ocracoke Island.  My grandson draws the ferry while crossing the inlet.


Painting on the ferry.

We cross the channel to the new Shelly Island Beach at low tide and hear about it the next day on National News ABC.  They warn people not to visit the island as they have had a lot of rescues.  We time it just right and get back with loads of awesome shells.


We found so many shells with Hermit Crabs living in them.  It was nice wading through the water on the bay site hunting for shells, fishing, playing with the hermit crab, painting and watching the ferries crossing.

It was a wonderful time!

Food, Food, Food and Eating

Chickens, chickens, chickens everywhere.  In Connecticut we stopped by my girlfriend’s relatives to see the production.  They were getting about 80 chickens ready for eating and freezing.  I think not everyone wants to see the pictures, but most of us like to eat free range home grown chicken.   It was quite amazing to see.


My friend has peacocks that roam the property and were fed leftover pancakes or bread.  The pancakes were fresh home made.  I don’t know how there were any leftovers but I think she made some especially for the peacocks.P1040666

Picking strawberries in the town I used to live in was fun!

I traveled to Pennsylvania next.  The trucks  through New Jersey were aggressive and the worst I had experienced in my cross country travels.  I was happy to arrive at my Aunt’s farm.P1040745

I was greeted by LuluBelle and Daisy.

We picked asparagus and lettuce from the garden.  My Aunt has about 25 chickens that wander the grounds.  One day they had to stay inside the barn because we went to the Reunion.  I told them about chickens that never got to go outside. They seemed indifferent.


My cousin made a delicious Shoo-fly Pie for me.  Yum!

My Aunt and I drove to Schafferstown to get 2 smoked tongues.

We went to the family reunion and see alpaca, deer and more food than you can imagine.  People related to me that I had never seen before were there.  First a lot of eating and then everyone introduced themselves.

Roots Farmer’s Market always has lots to see and good food to eat.



Bus tour of Kreider Farm in Manville, PA.

Visiting Lititz, PA

My cousin and I visited the quaint town of Lititz, PA.  We shopped, ate lunch, toured the Julius Sturgis pretzel factory, went to the Wilbur Buds Chocolate Store and had a great day.

The Pretzel Tour.

Arriving in Connecticut


Dudley welcomes me to Connecticut

It was a good trip across the USA.  This is the story of my stops and mileage.

Leaving the Grand Canyon last Sunday June 4th I drove 348 miles to Grant, New Mexico and camped at the KOA.  No pictures, I was still thinking of the awesome Grand Canyon.  No time for sketches either.


Next stop overnight was KOA in Amarillo, Texas for a drive of 382 miles. The campground had a shuttle to the Steak House. I enjoyed prime rib and had 3 meals out of it.  On the drive to the campsite I viewed Cadillac Ranch.  Old Cadillac’s were sticking out of mud.  People were busy spray painting on them.  The site was littered with empty cans and tops.  It smelled of paint spray.  I didn’t want to linger.P1040552

I  stopped in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the KOA that was a part of a Race Track and Casino.  I had traveled 416 miles that day and was glad for dinner at the Casino.  While drinking morning coffee I watched the horses doing laps around the track.  I hated to rush off.P1040558

Stopping at Crystal Bridges Art museum for a few hours I then headed for Springfield, Missouri 233 miles.  KOA in the Ozarks with a nice swimming pool and shower.  I camped under the trees.P1040629

365 miles to Casey, Illinois.


387 miles to  KOA in Homerville, Ohio.  I loved that campground in Amish Country.  It had a beautiful swimming pool.  One woman I met invited me to dinner, I declined as she didn’t say what her menu was.  Another woman invited me to their campfire that evening but I was way too tired.  It was a friendly place that was very quiet in the morning at 7 a.m. when I left.

I drove a manic 628 miles from Homerville, Ohio  to arrive at my friend’s house in Northeastern Connecticut on Sat. June 10.  I was glad to reach my destination.  The weather had been great all along the way.  I finished 2 books on tape and started a third.


It was good to see my friends and visit in Connecticut.

I was only there a few days when I took the train from New London, CT to NY.  I went to my granddaughters last day of preschool.

I took a quick trip into Manhattan and bought this art work from a happy street artist.IMG_6037

Saturday Night was a Retirement Dinner for Three Wonderful Teacher Friends.

It was a Great Tribute to them and a reunion for all of us attending.


More People and Places to Come!


Part Two: Top Ten Southern Arizona

Top TenP1040161

6.  Tumacacori

It’s Monday we are staying in Tubac but leave early in the morning for Tumacacori Mission.  We have an excellent guided tour by Ranger Rick.  O’odham, Yacqui and Apache people met first with the European Jesuits led by Padre Kino in 1691 .  Next Franciscan missionaries, settlers and soldiers arrived. Sometimes in conflict and sometimes in cooperation.  The church lost it’s priest in 1828 with a new Mexican nation.  Indians and settlers held on, but a series of Apache raids and a harsh winter drove them away in 1848.

Tumacacori is now a National Historical Park.P1040052P1040043

7. Santa Cruz Spices

P1040039Right down the street from the Church was the Santa Cruz Spice Shop.  Bev told us to go there and we were not disappointed.  All kinds of mixtures of spices were available.  We had to look at every package and sample it.  I also purchased the book I am reading now.  I’really enjoying “These is My Words” by Nancy E. Turner.  It’s the story of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1991.  The author is a Tucson Woman.  It’s interesting historical fiction from this area.

8.  Mission San Xavier

The flags of four nations have hung over this Missions.  Spain until Mexico won independence in 1821.  The Gadsden Purchase brought the mission to the United States in 1854.  Today the flag of Tohono O’odham Nation flies over the Mission.

Mission San Xavier is known as “The White Dove of the Desert”


The reclining figure of San Francisco Xavier where pilgrims come to petition.  As the pure of heart lay there hands on his head it rises.

We were there on Sunday and waited for the Mass to finish to visit the elaborate sanctuary.

9.  Ajo, Arizona

We found this small town near Organ Pipe National Monument to be charming.  We stayed at the Sonoran Conference Center in a refurbished elementary school house.  This was perfect for me.  As a retired school teacher I felt I had the Princess Room.  The town was very artist friendly and had apartments for artists to live in and work.  Downtown was an alley way filled with murals.  As I was leaving breakfast one morning a Javelina was strolling through the center.  They also had gardens of vegetables and chickens.

10.  The Restaurants and Food


The newer El Charro Cafe

El Charro Cafe-   We loved this place!  The Margaritas and the corn tamales are out of this world good.  We found a newer branch of the Cafe in the Eastern part of Tucson and loved that also!

Wisdom Cafe- by the Mission in Tumacacori. ” Furit burros”need to be ordered when you first come in for your later dessert.  A crispy tortilla rolled in cinnamon and sugar topped with ice-cream.  We ordered the banana cream.  The Sonoran Hotdog is on a huge roll with pinto beans, salsa, guacamole and cheese.  Did I mention the tasty Margarita.  I overate that day, but it was worth it.

Santiago’s-  Lobster tostada’s and delicious Margaritas in Brisbee.  We toured the museum in Brisbee and learned about the Copper Mine.


Waiting for our lobster tostada’s.

Puny John’s BBQ -One of the best parts of Tombstone.  We saw the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and walked the streets.  But the ribs were the best part and Colin talked to Puny John and got us a tour of the smoking house operation.P1040127

  The top ten is done but I wanted to mention:

The WALL at the border.

The tall wall doesn’t allow for birds, animals or plants to migrate.  The photo of me leaning into Mexico keeps cars out.  We drove through many  border checkpoints.

Why- This is an actual town.  They have a big Border Control facility there.

Titian Missle Base- Very interesting tour of old missile now sealed up.  Talk of the cold war and bombs.


Control Center underground


Cheers!  Until next time!

Ghost Ranch,New Mexico: Travel Journal

New Mexico has so many hidden back road places.  My travel Journal class took us to a few of these spots.  We went to El Rito.  The lunch at El Farolita was not to miss.  It looks completely abandoned until 12 noon on the dot.  Than suddenly it is all filled.  The food is good.

The next day we went to Los Ojos.  More people but very small and many deserted or run down buildings.  There is a thriving weaving store “Tierra Wools”.  They spin and dye wool from sheep in the area.  They have many weaving looms to make clothing items.  It was a fun town to sit and draw.
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