“The Wayward Traveler Chronicles” will be a series of journal entries recording my trip across the country from Maine to California.
Day Two began like any other. I ate breakfast (again, via Tony’s adept culinary skills), then went to take a shower:
As soon as I said my goodbyes to Sarah and Tony, I drove away, (almost forgetting to note my miles driven [that’s why they were a late addition on Day One]), and then it hit me– I’ve never shared my day to day activities as much as this, detailing the events of the day (a la My “Story” on Snapchat), ALL DAY, sharing photos of anything and anyone… I’ve become the definition of a millennial. Sure, I fell in that age bracket, but I don’t associate myself with the younger end of the “millennial spectrum.” I grew up without a cell phone, and with internet only as a freshman in high school a-thank you.
I had to make a pitstop in Biddeford because I forgot to give something to Ellis last night– Wow, you are dirty, aren’t you? I had a gift for him, as a way of saying thank you for being such a great producer and Director of Photography for Town I Call Home. Ellis is the kind of guy who proudly wears his history on his sleeve. His apartment is adorned with his past: his roots on Peak Island, all of the movies he’s worked on, and other nostalgia-driven materials like old school camera equipment.
So I thought it would be fitting to give him the very image I took of his apartment years before he lived there as a reminder of one of his favorite apartments.
And of COURSE… since I’m not used to this incessant personal “sharefest,” I forgot to take a picture of Ellis and Justina for this very blog. Dammit.
But! We were at his workplace, which is housed in the retrofitted Peppermill Center in downtown Biddeford, and I happened across a homemade, all-natural ice cream shop called Sweetcream. I tried a few of the flavors, then picked a scoop each of vanilla bean and mint chip ice cream.
Then after they scooped my cup, I tried the Apple Cider Sorbet… Oh, SHIT. I should have bought THAT instead. I highly recommend anyone in the Southern Maine area check this place out; so delicious.
Once I left here, I headed straight for the next stop on the “Farewell Tour,” Boston. I had some friends to visit there also, and it was a beautiful day.
I quickly felt terrible for eating the ice cream, so I was eager to get some walking in, and then I remembered I had some garden carrots from Travis!
The rain was insufferable. I couldn’t believe how hard it was coming down. It’s been pretty dry for a while in Maine. Funnily enough, the rain stopped dead when I left Maine (a sign perhaps?)
I caught up with my friend, Chelsea, and we were initially going to hit Harpoon’s Beer Hall, but soon into our journey there, I wanted to hit a favorite establishment of mine in town, Boston Burger Company on Boylston St.
There was a forty-five minute wait, so we decided to grab a much-needed coffee next door at Pavement Coffeehouse.
When we finally got our table, they had this poignant quote from David Bowie on the wall above our heads:
We split our orders in two to share the different types of burgers. I got “The Hot Mess,” which has Thousand Island Dressing, Sweet Potato Fries, Jalapeños, Onions, and Tomatoes on it. Chelsea got “The Vermonster,” which was a burger with maple bacon, maple mayo, onions, and apples. It was divine. I had tried the delicious Hot Mess before, but Vermonster made me wish I changed my order.
After that, I took it easy for the night, and watched a movie on Netflix: Cape Fear. I’ve always wanted to check out this Martin Scorsese-directed remake of the 1962 classic, but I hadn’t had the chance until now.
The film was awesome, especially after watching the Simpsons parody episode “Cape Feare” a few times. The film follows a Public Defender [Nick Nolte] (and his family; Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis) whom withheld information about one of his clients that could have prevented the 14 year sentence for which he just served. Now, the ex-con, Max Cady [Robert De Niro] is out for revenge, playing the long game. Great flick.
The place at which I stayed had one of the best kitchens I have ever seen.
The next day, I said goodbye to my friend and left for Connecticut, which I will resume on tomorrow’s entry. This one’s short, because my Boston stop was low key and relaxing.
Money Spent for Gas: $24.30 ($24.30 Total)
Miles Traveled Today: 250.4 miles (382.8 Miles total)
Data Used: 41 MB (511 MB total this month)
Stay tuned as I continue my tale of travel across the United States (after my “Farewell Tour”)!