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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Walking it off......

6:13 am - Thursday - June 14th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 54º F, 99% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the east....foggy.

After all the excitement of Tuesday we decided to stay nearer to home, so we took a walk into downtown Southwest Harbor.  This was the first time we have walked into town since the second day we were here.  The weather, once again, was beautiful, and the temp was in the mid 60's.  It's about 1.5 miles to the center of downtown from SDC, and it is essentially all downhill, so there is always that uphill walk in the back of your mind.  Our first stop on our walk was Carroll Drug Store just off Main Street to pick up a new prescription of my blood pressure medication.  

I'm not sure if I wrote about this, but when we were in Los Algodones in April I bought two 100 tablet bottles of the blood pressure medication I am taking.  I knew I would be running out of my current 90 day supply I got just before we left the Grand Canyon in late May, and didn't want to have to worry about renewing my prescription while we were in Main.  I just began taking the Mexican pills about two weeks ago and had noticed over the past 5-6 days that my blood pressure was slightly higher than my norm.  Like the Flagstaff prescription, these pills were also generic.  Now, I understand that some generics may not work for some people and I was beginning to wonder if the Mexican generic was not working properly for me.  To illustrate what I am talking about prior to transitioning to the Mexican pills my daily blood pressure readings were averaging around 127/75 for the past 5 months.  Within two weeks after starting on the Mexican pills my average blood pressure readings had risen slightly to 132/81.....not bad, but higher, nonetheless.  My plan is to begin taking the Carroll Drug Store pills Thursday and see if the average does not come back down over the next couple of weeks.  If not, then something else is happening and I need to visit a local physician.

After getting my new prescription we walked around town visiting some businesses we had not visited on our prior forays into town.  One was Southwest Liquor Locker.  One thing to know about Maine is that the price of all liquor (excluding wine and beer) is regulated and liquor costs the same no matter where you go in Maine.  What we were looking for was a much bigger selection, and Southwest Liquor Locker definitely has the selection!  We found many of the brands we prefer.  The other thing to know is that liquor prices in Maine are not too different from California which has some of the best in the country.....


.....next up was Higgens Antiques.  We had noticed this place the first day we were in Southwest Harbor, but it was not open.  Now that the summer season has arrived they are open every day, so we dropped in to check out their inventory.....


.....I ended up buying two lobster buoys to hang in our site back at SDC.  I've seen these buoys all over town in people's yards, etc. and kind of liked the look.  I plan to acquire a few more over the course of the summer to decorate our site.  The first two I hung over the firewood pile.....


.....in addition to the buoys I also acquired a Maine license plate to add to my license plate collection of states our Newell has visited over the years....I also need to find Massachusetts and New Hampshire license plates.......


.....after a quick stop at Southwest Foodmart we were back home by 2:30 pm.....we walked just over 4 miles.  I spent time hanging the aforementioned buoys and the license plate and then took a nap.

At 5:30 pm we drove back into town to have dinner at the Cafe Drydock, which had been recommended to us by other locals.......



......the Cafe Drydock is a very quaint, nicely decorated restaurant with a great ambiance.  We ordered some drinks and then our dinner....a salad for TLE, and their Mexican Burger for me......the first time I have not ordered seafood in over a month.....


.......the burger was good, but nothing to write home about (TLE did like her Mesclun Greens, Gorgonzola and Pears salad quite a bit), nevertheless, we did enjoy our evening there and would go back again.  Yelp gives them a solid four stars, so I will return and order something else next time.  I guess I should not expect too much when it comes to Mexican cuisine here in Maine.

We were home shortly after 6:30 pm.  It was a very nice two days off work, but now it is time to return to the workaday world for five more days.

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