03-16-2013   2 comments

Finally a day out of the house.  I’ve been granted a day without thinking of the on going remodel or anything house related thanks to a few of my better-half’s relatives. They’ve decided because of their enjoyable visit to see us last summer that spending a week here this year is just the ticket.  I’m assisting them in their endeavors in finding a home or cottage rental somewhere near the Scarborough or Old Orchard beach areas.

They’ve apparently been looking on-line but haven’t had much luck.  I’m on my way this morning to check out a place located at Camp Ellis, Maine.  This is an area along the coast just north of the city of Saco and has been a harbor for small boats and lobsterman for years.  There’s a large breakwater protecting the harbor and a small beach nearby for sunning and swimming. My job today is to find the building at the address they’ve given me, evaluate the area, and report back.  The renter is asking $1800.00 a week which to me is ridiculous but what the hell do I know.  I’m told it can be as much as $3000.00 a week just a few short miles further north in the Old Orchard Beach area which in my opinion is again highway robbery.

Before any investigation can begin I’ll be forced to stop at Dunkin Donuts for a jolt of fresh coffee and something sweet to make me extra happy.  I want to be as alert and clear headed as possible as I make this evaluation so an extra turbo shot of espresso will be required.

I should mention that this winter has been difficult in certain areas of Maine with terrible wind storms and heavy snow falls. The Camp Ellis area was hit pretty hard in the last storm which I was made aware of as I attempted to reach the address I’m supposed to be checking out.  It’s located on a short little street a short distance from the beach but not only is the road closed and a detour in place but the small beach  is only half the size it once was.  I’m told that the beach was partially washed away in the last storm as well as a few yards of the shore road.  Scratch one potential vacation spot.

I’m now forced to cruise north along the shore road to Old Orchard Beach and Scarborough, a trip of approximately four miles.  It’s a chilly but sunny day making the ride a real pleasure and a perfect opportunity for a little photography.  I hadn’t driven more than a mile when I came on a huge flock of geese that stopped for rest and food in a nearby protected wildlife area.  In just a few minutes I was able to take a few terrific pictures and for a change I had my telephoto lens with me and it worked out perfectly.

I began writing down telephone numbers and the names of local realty companies as I rode along.  I then dropped a voice mail to her relatives with all the information I’d collected.  I hope they find what their looking for at a reasonable price because I’m really looking forward to their visit later in the summer. Spending a week on the beach with them would really kick-start the summers festivities.

2 responses to “03-16-2013

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  1. If they are your better halfs family don’t you think you shoud look further north, maybe 40 or 50 miles!

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