Freeport, ME

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From Acadia National Park, we moved further south along the Maine coast to park at the Blueberry Pond Campground near Freeport, ME.  Established in 1789, Freeport is a town that has transformed itself into an outlet shopping village.  I think it all started with L.L. Bean since this is where this retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment got its start.  Now there is a vast selection of outlet stores, some of which occupy original vintage buildings.

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Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is the longest continuously operated outdoor market in the United States, now in its 41st year.  The market is available every Saturday and Sunday from March until Christmas, in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park alongside the Willamette River in the Old Town section of Portland.

The Saturday market is an arts, crafts and food market with over 250 exhibitors.  Among the ready to eat food booths all of the major food groups are represented:  Greek, Thai, BBQ, burgers and fried dough.

Columbia River Gorge

From Wikipedia:

The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles (130 km) as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Extending roughly from the confluence of the Columbia with the Deschutes River down to eastern reaches of the Portland metropolitan area, the gorge furnishes the only navigable route through the Cascades and the only water connection between the Columbia River Plateau and the Pacific Ocean.

Latourell Falls (lower) Continue reading