Philly to Boothbay

Dante and the Divine Comedy; painted by Domenico di Michelino in1465, hanging in Duomo, Florence, Italy.

Dante and the Divine Comedy; painted by Domenico di Michelino in1465, hanging in Duomo, Florence, Italy.

This time around, the weather’s supposed to be grand for a summertime road trip, although one can’t always bank on Mother Nature.

Leaving Dante’s Inferno for a while until the fire pit cools down, these old, heat-withered bones are looking forward to a little rest and relaxation.

“Ha,” you say. “Isn’t that all you do now, anyway?”

Yes, but not typically with this overwhelming, sweltering heat that’s forcing me to stay indoors for fear of spontaneous, bodily combustion; albeit, not a pretty sight.

From Philly to Boothbay

From Philly to Boothbay

My plan of escape this summer leads me to Boothbay, on the Gulf of Maine, very close to the extreme northeast portion of the United States. Nearby are New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada.

Map of the Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine

Presently packing my stuff, in between typing this journal entry while making sure to bring the bug repellant, sunscreen, laptop, camera gear and passport, I plan to leave at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow, giving me thirteen hours to get there before the motel’s office closes at 6 p.m. A quaint, little village, Boothbay retires early for the night, closing its shutters at eight o’clock.

With this ambitious schedule, I’ll have preceded hopefully past NYC’s rush hour and Lower Connecticut’s morning traffic, and will be able to leisurely cruise the remainder of the 467.52 miles (752.4 kilometers) of the journey. Maybe I’ll hit Boston on the way back, but am bypassing it completely on the way up.

Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook for a pictorial of the upcoming events. I hope to capture some more puffins, perhaps a whale or two out to sea, some seals, porpoises and other marine-type animals, birds and fish.

Catch you in Maine.

About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at
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8 Responses to Philly to Boothbay

  1. Shirley Ann says:

    Have a safe journey , stay hydrated and look forward to the pics

  2. Thanks. Still packing, doing a wash and getting it together. Plan on crashing early tonight and getting up before the chickens tomorrow morning. Wonder how many times I’ll be pressing that snooze alarm?

  3. OK, made it Boothbay in great time. Got here at 2:30 p.m. and my room wasn’t ready yet, so I went down to the bay in the meantime and just returned to the room. Looks like a storm or two are on their way.

  4. BTW, I only pressed the snooze alarm once this morning before getting up.

  5. Shirley Ann says:

    Briefly landed in Maine in 96 for a break on a Florida Flight – so looking forward to see some of what I might have seen. Enjoy every minute

  6. Where did you land and what did you see?

  7. Shirley Ann says:

    Landed at Bangor – saw sod all except the inside of an airport – must put it on my to do list to return . Lovely pictures Mike

  8. Thanks, Shirley Ann. Definitely lots of sod in the region. It was a running joke at the school of broadcasting I attended that our first jobs in radio would be at a market like Bangor, Maine. Not much happening up there besides camping, fishing and hunting.

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