Rangeley Lake area of Maine on $20 a day
with Haines Landing, Oquossoc, Wilson’s Mills, and Upton
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Above: A teenage boy runs out on the bridge, climbs
down on the bottom supporting struts, and plunges three stories down feet
first into the cold raging white water. Without a sound he drifts under
the bridge and disappears. We never see him or anyone else at this location
This joint was set up near Greenville Junction, don't know which came
first the barn or the plane? They fit together failry tightly so somebody
either planned it out good or got real lucky.
We roll through twenty small towns and roadside parks on our way to Rangeley
State Park. At thirty-five miles per hour, even with the drizzle, the
sights are clear. Raging rapids, rivers, and lakes border one side of
the road. Run down houses, derelict businesses, and occasional gas station
tourist stores line the other side of the road.
Above: This is the kind of place we like to sleep when
traveling on $20 a day. Free, fun, great views, no crowds, and quiet.
In Rangeley we watch rednecks launch a few illegal fireworks from the
city pier park on Rangeley Lake. A scruffy bearded burly local tells me,
“Last year there were close to a thousand people on this waterfront
for fireworks.” This year I only see twelve, including us. The city
cancelled the pyrotechnics because of the rain.
Above: Another example of WHY we use a Vanabode as opposed
to other vehicles to travel affordably long term. Here the sliding door
on side and double back doors allow easy views and the high winds do not
blow the sliding door shut on us.
Above: Half way to Rangeley we startle and almost hit
a moose. He towers over the road, then turns and trots back into the woods.
We watch and photograph the dark beast for thirty minutes. Others pull
up, park too close, spook him, and he disappears for the night.
The next day the sun and the rain run off together, so though it’s
cloudy, it’s dry. We coast at thirty miles an hour through Rangeley,
Haines Landing, Oquossoc, Wilson’s Mills, and Upton. We stop in
each town’s local stores and tourist shops, though there are few.
We pull off and watch from the bridges as hardy souls raft the white water
Above: There is a lot to see here, as we explore a hydroelectric
power plant dam, calm flat lakes, fast moving rivers, small city parks,
and my personal favorite: the ever interesting, always active, docks,
marinas, boatyards, and waterfront parks.
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