Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Road Trip to Greenville

Yesterday, H and I packed our cooler and left bright and early for a road trip up north to the village of Greenville on the southern shore of Moosehead Lake. It was a beautiful day for a drive and the leaf colors were much farther along in autumn splendor than those here on the coast. H and I enjoy driving on the routes less traveled rather than freeways, as there is always so much more to see. The tiny villages along the route are charming in their quaintness and architecture. In Guilford, we came upon an old covered bridge. How New England is that? Of course, when we stopped for photos, we noticed a marker and a bit of information about the original bridge which had been destroyed in a flood back in the late 1800's. It was rebuilt and the new bridge was destroyed again in 1957. Historic minded, stubborn Mainers rebuilt the bridge yet again, this time with some serious architectural reinforcements. Let's hope Mother Nature lets this revival of a beautiful landmark last a very long time!

We didn't explore Greenville as much as we would have liked as we felt the need to get home to check on the newest member of our family, our newly adopted kitty, Sluggo. Spike, the cat who adopted us a few weeks ago has brought so much joy into our lives and we felt he would probably like to have a companion to share his life in our home. Sooo, being the real suckers we are, we headed to the local animal shelter in Cherryfield, about 20 miles from us. Now, as H mentioned, we were just going to *look*. Right. As soon as we entered the cat room, which housed about 20 cats of various colors, sexes and ages, this little black and white one latched on to us. His little purring motor was going non stop as he wiggled his way in and out of our legs.

The other cats looked on nonchalantly and one other pretty little calico came over to have a sniff or two. But, too late, our hearts had already melted over this little fella and our *look* turned into love and a subsequent adoption.

Spike, was not as enthusiastic about the newcomer as we were and the anticipated hissing and growling was poor Sluggo's welcoming. But, we are taking things slow and today was a much better day with the two almost playing together. They were spotted sitting side by side looking out the sliding glass door at the squirrels raiding the bird feeder. I got the camera out, but too late as they had already gone to their separate viewing corners.

The saga will continue later!


Sandy said...

I guess you know where to find the colors of autumn! My husband spent his teen years in Jackman, to the west of Greenville, so we spent a lot of time up there until his family moved to Bangor in the late 80's. Of all the places I have lived, that area is my favorite. I have been to the bridge in Guliford, too. We used to go to a woolen mill in that area for fabric.

Good luck with the new kitty.

Zoey said...

I love covered bridges. They are always the best for picture taking!

From no pets, to two in such a short time! LOL. I hope the two become fast friends.

What fun to have a knitting group to share your hobby. It looked like everyone was enjoying the evening.

Kerri said...

You two are so good at stopping to smell the roses...good for you!
I especially love that photo of the trees along the river. I hope your weather is as beautiful as ours.
Covered bridges are a photographer's dream!
We actually have a covered bridge not far away from us that bears our family name ...built by relatives of a previous generation.
Your little Sluggo is adorable. Who can resist such a lovable kitty?? Yes, you two are suckers for sure :)
I'm sure they'll become fast friends in no time and Spike will be happy for the company.

kris said...

Sounds like a great day! I love the river photos - and the covered bridge is totally cool.

What a cute little kitty - I bet Spike will decide he's happy for the company. (Our dogs are 1 year apart in age - and sometimes I swear Kobie is looking at me like, "okay, we've tried it - take her back already!!")

The Pumpkin Faerie said...

What a cute little tuxedo cat. I'm sure the two of them will be inseparable before you know it.

Applause to you for adopting a stray and a shelter cat. :)