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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 • Posted June 13, 2012

For several weeks, I've avoided saying anything in my column about vacation. I didn't want everyone to get tired of me talking about it before I had even left... but; now it's time.

For the next week, I and some of my closest friends are off to New England. It's not a very long vacation (I'll be back by next Wednesday); but, it means that I'll be missing putting out a newspaper for the first time in nine years. It also means that, if you need something for the paper during the next week, you'll need to get it to Donna, T. J. or Scott, not me.

By Wednesday evening, I will have prepped all of my layout pages. I will have prepared all the photos and articles that are already here for Scott to use next week. I'll probably stay a bit late to make sure that the desk is cleared off, the pages are cleaned up, and the email is prepped. And then I'll head home to finish packing.

By sunrise on Thursday, we'll be enroute to Austin to catch our flight. We don't leave until after 10:00 a.m.; but, we're planning to arrive plenty early to remove shoes, keys, extraneous clothing and dignity as we pass through the checkpoints. And then, off to our connecting flight in New Jersey before finally arriving in Boston around 5:00 p.m.

There's a surprise or two planned when we arrive, and I can't reveal them quite yet just in case my traveling companions get their hands on the paper prior to our arrival.

From Boston, it's a direct shot up the coast in our rental car, three hours, to the Pemaquid peninsula and the Spruce Ledge cabin of Bruce and Susan Wheltle. For years, I would go up to their Maine aerie every summer; but, it has been more than 18 years since my last visit. I am both excited, and a bit nervous, about what has changed in that time.

Some of the things that I already know have not changed:

- Reilley's Grocery will be the spot to pick up bottled water (needed due to the shallow wells), fresh produce, assorted other groceries and some interesting selections of regional ales and beers.- The Seagull Shop, located next door to the Peamquid Point Lighthouse. Crammed to the rafters with postcards, pine sachets, lobster buoys and, of course, fudge! But, more importantly, they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.

- Pemaquid Point Light is one of the most famous lighthouses in the state. It's on the Maine quarter, is a desktop wallpaper in Windows 7, and has been photographed so many times that it is easily one of the most recognized lights in the country.

- Shaw's Fish Wharf in New Harbor. That's only three and a half miles up the road from the cabin. If you saw the movie "Message in a Bottle," you already know what New Harbor looks like, since some key scenes were filmed there. It is my source of lobster when I'm "Down East," and it's where I plan to take my crew to sample Lazyman's Lobster, Lobster Bisque, and Lobster Rolls.

We might run up the road to Camden for a day trip. Or, we might slip down to Freeport, home of L. L. Bean, to do some incredible outlet store shopping. Possibly a walking tour of Wiscassett, Damariscotta or Bath!

Or, maybe we'll just walk the cliffs around the point, having cocktails down on the rocks as we watch the sun set. We could always sit next to the lighthouse and watch 20 to 30 foot waves crash into the dramatic rocks at the base of the cliff. Or, maybe we will walk the "loop" from the cabin, down to the end of the point, over to the lighthouse, back up by The Bradley Inn and then return to the cabin. And, we could always just lounge about the cabin and do absolutely nothing.

If you want to check the webcam at the lighthouse to see if you can catch a glimpse of us during the trip, go to .

This week, if you need something, send it to T. J. or Donna ( or , respectively). Please try to get it in early (before noon on Monday), so that they can get it in next week's issue. Be aware that Scott Wesner will be doing the layout next week, and he will appreciate any extra help you can give.

See y'all in a week!

It’s all just my opinion.

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