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Bear Spring Camps 2016 was one of the best ever

Greetings, readers. I can’t believe I’ve been home almost a week. Time is flying already. In the early morning hours I’ve had time to reflect on this past vacation. I have so many fond memories. Were some things different? Yes, and even though I don’t love change, I must admit, I enjoyed the changes.

For the first time since I’ve been going without Mother to Bear Spring Camps, I traveled up with Dave Trost and family in their minivan. I was still able to take most of the things I always took, and seeing the sights as a passenger again was welcomed. We did leave for Maine, and leave from Maine, early in the morning. So the first few hours were in the dark. We had to pick up David’s daughter Emily’s friend in New York City; that was most interesting. We drove right by Newark International Airport. As some of my regular readers know, I am a flight simulator hobbyist, and have “flown” out of that airport many times. Everything looked so familiar.

As we approached New Hampshire in the daylight, I anticipated seeing the Piscataqua River Bridge and my favorite state of Maine. The Trosts take a different route than I do when I am driving the route to camp, and shoot off from I-95 to I-295. Somehow the Lord must have awakened me at the proper time, for just as I opened my eyes, we were passing Portland and I got to see the baseball stadium, the East Deering Swing Bridge, and the B&M Baked Bean factory. It was like someone plucked me from the vehicle and put me back in my train simulator. What a thrill!

We arrived at camp in time for dinner, the noon meal, and right away I noticed a major change. The wooden dining table chairs, which I had seen since childhood, were replaced with brand new metal chairs. Oh, my. After the shock of “I hate new things” wore off, I accepted Dave’s logic that they will be much easier to clean. Before the vacation was over, I must admit, I actually liked them better.

The first few days were quite routine, picking right off where we left off, visiting friends, taking the boat out, and doing all the things we did 52 weeks before. As I mentioned in my first camp book, it truly feels like you never left. We pushed the play button and continue the movie. An odd but wonderful sensation.

Mid-week brought the heat wave and Thursday’s happy hour. Tallie, a Mosher family relative, came for her annual visit and boat ride. It was a gorgeous day. Tallie and I took many pictures with various views of the lake.

The rain came on Friday. That was fine with me, for we got our morning fishing in before it really came down, and then the afternoon was for packing anyway. I must say, I was grateful for the rain; it was way too dry in New England. Leaves were already turning.

Before departure evening, allow me to share what I consider the highlight of the trip. Dave’s nephew Cole had the fishing day of fishing days. He caught a couple of white perch, several bass, and his prize, a 24 inch pike. He had that for supper, before he ate his lobster, and enjoyed every bite. Cole was using top water lures for the most part and got extremely excited when a good fish was on his line. He’ll even agree that he sounded like a little kid, whooping and cheering, and yes, shaking. After the pike was reeled in, he needed help to get the fish unhooked, not only because the fish was biting the net, but Cole couldn’t control his shaking hands. So yay, Cole, on the best fishing day I have seen in quite a while.

Finally, the last night was bittersweet. Packing preparations were made with the checks and double checks to make sure nothing was left behind. Then it was time to wait. Dave and family leave early in the morning, so I slept from 9:30 until about 2am. I sat patiently until they arrived in a driving rain to pick me up at 3:30. I went back to New Jersey with them, for what they call lobster fest. It was delicious. I then took a bus from Harrisburg back home.

Overall, I consider this one of my finest Maine vacations. It was relaxing, stress-free, I walked a lot, and eat like a horse. I give this vacation a 9 and a half out of 10. Had there been more Yahtzee, it would have been perfect.

Until next week, have a good weekend, take care, and happy reading.

My favorite Train Simulator 2014 run

Greetings, readers. I have been enjoying this program ever since I purchased it on Steam a number of weeks back. I truly find it fascinating. As some of you might know, I go to Maine every August, so when I saw for sale the route package from Portland, Maine, I just had to have it. It cost around $30. There is enough content in it to make that money well spent.

Along with the different scenarios, my favorite run in that package is one of the standard ones. I can take a train, start at East Deering, slowly make my way down to a rotating bridge that goes over the water, continue on to the other side, and end up at either Rigby or, if I go further, Union Station. In real life, Union Station was a grand train station in or near Portland, Maine. I see from the website Maine Memory Network, that it was closed, and torn down in 1961.

Towards the end of the run, I come into a town where the railway track is literally next to the road. I have to slow my train down to a mere ten miles an hour. But on a clear sunny day, with the sound effects of the seashore, people walking about, cars going by, and quaint patio furniture scattered around the sidewalks, it makes a nice place to stop my train, reverse, and head back to the rotating bridge.

With my new daily schedule now set in concrete, I’m heading to Panera Bread by 7:15 to have my morning coffee, and that is when I train sim. After my performance next Friday, I plan to use part of the morning for writing. Right now, you might say, I am on a train simulator binge. I am exploring and seeing what all the game has to offer.

I had the option of selecting in free mode the time of day, time of year, and weather conditions. This route is fascinating early in the morning on a foggy day. That is what I ran this morning. I used an old English diesel train that was compatible with the Portland route pack. Later I switched to a steam locomotive. Most enjoyable on both counts.

Actually, I am amazed, for as a child I was never really a train buff. I always loved airplanes and buses. Perhaps the old adage is true that all little boys love trains.

Until next time, take care, enjoy the last heat wave of summer, and happy reading.