A Journey for Miss Ruby, Chapter Five: Lobsters and Moccasins


What do you mean. I can’t take my whole chocolate lobster catch home with me?

When Ruby woke up Friday morning, the sky was grey and the hotel parking lot was wet. They visited Max, the omelet chef, in the dining room again; then they were travelling in the Salsa Red Pearl van north from Portland just a little way to Freeport Maine, home of L.L. Bean.

L.L. Bean was like a shopping center all on its own with five different stores. It has been in Freeport for over a hundred years! They went in the door of the Hunting and Fishing store first where they saw racks stacked high with canoes, and racks and racks of rifles standing in rows on the floor. Then they looked at taxidermy animals under an open staircase. The animals were so still in their make-believe forest. Ruby thought that they should get their taxi and go back to the real forest.


“Look, she’s dressed like me! Can I go to that beach?”

Next they went into a corridor with lots and lots of pictures of L.L. Bean catalog covers through the years. Ruby found the ones she liked best–the ones without guns.

At the other end of the corridor was the clothing store. Miss Jennie tried on pants, shirts, and pajamas. Ruby became very bored. There were no clothes her size, not even dungarees. They looked at the gigantic L.L. Bean boot outside the Clothing Store entrance. It was so big that Ruby didn’t want to have her picture taken there.

When they were finally outside again, there was an ice cream shop, but they didn’t go there. Instead, they went across the way to the L.L. Bean Home Store. “Oh, no!” thought Ruby, “I’m going to be bored for longer!”  But just inside the door, she found something fun–toy log cabins, just her size.


“Looky, looky, a whole log cabin village!”

Then there were more things that caught her attention!


“I could take a bath in the bowl with the pretty blue fishes, but I would be afraid in this one with the lobster claws.”


“I didn’t know they would have boots my size!”


“What do you mean I have to choose just one pair?”


“All right, I choose the moccasins. They are sooo soft inside!”

After the L.L. Bean stores, there were more fun shops to explore. Ruby didn’t have to wait too much more for the big people to look at clothing. They went into a fabulous art store called Abacus, where they found sea shell art, recycled broken glass made into pottery dishes, and tiny cars and trucks made out of tin cans.


“I think I could drive this one!”

They did finally go in an ice cream store, and Ruby especially liked the chocolate lobsters (with soft claws) and chocolate blueberries at Len Libby Chocolate Store.

Ruby thought of Little Davie in her room at home in Oregon City, and about how much he liked his toys. She brought home a little tin can car for him.


“Thank you, Ruby! I’m glad you’re home.”

Touring and shopping in Maine for four days had been the best of times! It would soon be time to return to Uncle David and Aunt Lynn’s home in Connecticut. And there was a very SPECIAL shop that Ruby was looking forward to visiting there, where she would feel right at home.

To be continued . . .

Five vintage girls shopping

Girls having fun




A Journey for Miss Ruby, Chapter Two: Independence Day at Ogunquit, Maine



Miss Ruby at Perkins Cove, Maine

At the airport, Ruby was excited to see the jet planes from the big airport windows. She watched as the plane she would board was fueled with a long hose and had luggage loaded. Once on the plane, she asked for a window seat so that she could see all that was happening.


During the hours of the flight, Ruby asked Miss Jennie about where they were going and what they would do there. She thought it was rather funny that they were leaving Portland Oregon on the West Coast, then would be at Portland Maine on the East Coast. Miss Jennie told her a story about the founding of Portland Oregon, which was named in 1845: One man (Asa Lovejoy) who founded this new town was from Boston Massachusetts, and the other founder (Francis Pettygrove) was from Portland Maine. Each man wanted to name the new town after his home town. They flipped a coin to decide, and “Portland” was the winning name. So, Portland Oregon is named after Portland Maine.


Perkins Cove looking out to sea

The plane landed in Connecticut late at night, and Ruby was glad to find a bed ready for her at Uncle David and Aunt Lynn’s house. When she woke up the next morning, it was Independence Day! That day they drove in the Salsa Red Pearl van to Ogunquit Maine and Perkins Cove. The cove was beautiful with many pristine boats, and a drawbridge to let the boats in and out of the bay.


The open drawbridge at Perkins cove with sun setting behind it (Photo by Dave Stewart)


Miss Ruby on The Marginal Way, Perkins Cove

After looking in some of the shops at seashell art, mugs with lobsters and mermaids on them, and sweatshirts in pretty colors that were way too big for Ruby, they walked on The Marginal Way along the Atlantic Ocean. Ruby took a rest to contemplate the beautiful landscape around her while she waited for twilight. Then, the fireworks took Ruby’s breath away!

Fireworks as seen from The Marginal Way

Fireworks from The Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine (borrowed image)

When all was quiet again and all the people walked back along The Marginal Way to their cars, Ruby and her family left, too. They drove to Portland, Maine where they had a very late dinner, and had a snuggly bed waiting for them in a hotel there. It had been a most satisfying day. Time for a good sleep in preparation for more fun on the morrow.

. . . To be continued

Pictorial Map Perkins Cove