Wednesday, October 10, 2012

30 Minutes in Damariscotta


What does one do with any extra giant pumpkins?  Well in Maine (and in Vermont and Oregon also) one can carve them out, decorate them, put an outboard motor on them, and partake in a Pumpkin Regatta on the Damariscotta River.



Some racers had not had enough...

...but most had.

Now, how do you properly dispose of such vessels?






Of course the L.L. Bean Bootmobile was there, lest giant hollowed-out water-ready racing pumpkins were not Dalinian enough. 


I had the great pleasure of talking to one of the Bootmobile drivers, Keith.  L.L. Bean would have been hard-pressed to find a more appropriate "face" for the vehicle.  He was not just incredibly pleasant and interesting but also had spent twenty five years as a Maine Park Ranger at Baxter State Park.

He showed the new car seat covers that had just been made at L.L. Bean's Maine Boat and Tote factory. 

The Bootmobile is built on a Ford  F250 Super Duty truck and gets 16 miles to the gallon.





Pumpkin boats being loaded up to be composted.







Good-bye to Keith.




18 comments:

Bernie said...

Wish I could have been there. Was that a Barbour Moleskin jacket you were wearing?

Oxford Cloth Button Down said...

Those car seats are so awesome!

Bitsy said...

What an absolutely delightful post!

Kelly said...
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Anonymous said...

Muffy,

This is your weirdest post, ever.

I thoroughly enjoyed it!

(looks like you did, too)

Genuine Lustre said...

Are those car seat covers going to be available commercially?

3button Max said...

really enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

Muffy - you must have some clout! I heard they never let anyone sit in that!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing! I've never seen pumpkins like that!

Bethany Hissong said...

You should warn Kelly that she might end up moving to the east coast after visiting! I think the editor of Maine Magazine came from the west coast too! What a fun way to celebrate fall! I've been to pumpkin chucking but never boat regattas. I had to look up Chewonki too and what a wonderful place for students!

Greenfield said...

The pure goofiness of Yankees is not to be underestimated!

Paul Connors said...

But does the L.L. Bean bootmobile keep out the water?

Paul Connors said...

@ Greenfield:

Your comment about Yankee goofiness is something of an understatement, n'est pas?

Sarah said...

Ah the chewonki bus made me wistful, my daughter made a few trips with her school, providence country day, and while at the time she did not appreciate it, now in college she misses the times spent there! Wonderful post today, love damriscotta, spent time at a friends house on the lake .

JSprouse said...

We were in Damariscotta, October 2008, and saw the giant pumpkin figures including a snowman and a lot of other neat inventions, but no boats made of pumpkins. Kelly may want to look up Kevin Harris at Robinhood Marina (near Geogetown) to sail on a wooden Hinckley pilot 35, "finest kind".
We had a "wicked good" time.
She'll never want to go home.

BlueTrain said...

Around here (Northern Virginia), there's a cardboard boat regatta but I think using pumpkins takes the prize.

Oh, but the car! It's nae a Rover. Methinks it's an Austin. And by the way, there was a Blue Train Rover, hence the name.

Anonymous said...

I would go with a Rover. Weren't the Austins two doors? And the grill and headlights look a little more refined than the Austin.

Nick M said...

Think the car may be a Van den Plas Princess -- one of the several variants of the Morris 1100/1300 --- there several brands of the BMC "British Motor Corporation"

I'll get my anorak and go back to train-spotting now....