We woke this morning in New Hampshire. One thing that our family loves is constantly staying in new places. This particular hotel had an indoor pool, and we had some time before checkout. Baby Eli loves the water!
We arrived at our venue in Maine (another short drive- awesome!). The church had signs set up in front and on the side road:
So, we still had to find a hotel for the evening. How hard can that be? Well... if you know your way around Maine, it might be easy, but we don't, so... remember that there really isn't much off the highway exits? We drove to Kennebunkport and began the search. There were quite a few "specialty" hotels, but nothing that a family of our size could stay in for less than a zillion dollars. We went on another 9 miles to Wells, Maine, and at this point it was 10:30 P.M. Everyone was really hungry (we usually eat dinner after the show, because we have to be at the venue early enough that we've usually just had lunch, and that makes dinner late by necessity). Our only real option was McDonalds. Now, certain folks have differing views of McDonalds, but for me, it's one of my major food groups. When ordering, though, I did have an interesting conversation with the girl at the register. Clay likes a double cheeseburger but with no cheese, and it's usually no problem to get it that way, but this was a new one for me:
Me: I'd like a double hamburger with only pickles and ketchup, but no cheese- just a double hamburger.
Cashier: What? We don't have anything like that.
Me: Just a double cheeseburger but with no cheese, so... a double hamburger.
Cashier: We don't have that.
Me: (Not really sure what else I can say)- Can you do a double cheeseburger but without cheese?
Cashier (Hesitantly)- Umm... I'm not sure, I think maybe...
I had already ordered several items with no onion and with no mustard, but apparently "no cheese" is outside the allowable limits!
We had a good meal. We finally found a nice hotel in which the office was just about to close for the night, but the nice lady saw us turn into the parking lot and graciously rented us a room for the night. We've gotten proficient at rearranging the hotel room furniture to accommodate the inflatable mattress which we sometimes have to bring in. When deciding what to bring along for this long trip, I never would have thought of bringing along an air mattress, but my Mom insisted and I'm so glad she did. It has saved us countless times. Mother always knows best!
Tomorrow it's on to Massachusetts. Gotta say, these New England states are really beautiful. Can't wait to see them all!