Time to meet my Step-Mom’s home town…where she grew up…Rangely ME!

Good morning from Ellsworth…first things first meant getting breakfast before I started the almost 3 hour drive over to Rangely.  Other than a good hearty breakfast at Martha’s Diner (yes, another great diner) I made only one quick stop on the road.    I had read reviews of two places on TripAdvisor and the first one I found was closer to the road I needed to get on for my drive.  I got there and the place was closed so decision made…option 2 it was!  I went to Martha’s.  Martha is a hoot!  The staff there is a hoot!  The food is clearly prepared with love.  So very good….can you go to a diner and have a bad meal?  I don’t think I have ever had one and after going across the country and back twice I am pretty sure I have hit a fair number of diners.   

So, below is what I saw during my one stop on the way to Rangely!  It was a pit stop for a restroom so I was sitting in a Burger King parking lot when this guy pulls in and starts setting up his tables, coolers, crates and sign.  It was at least 85 degrees this day.  Brave people who decided to buy steamers out of a cooler though they probably fresh that day.

I arrived in Rangely around 2:30.  I checked into the Rangely Inn & Tavern.  I have to say there are not a lot of options in town but this location was very central to a lot of the activity in town.  A short walk down the road in either direction would also give you places to visit.  After settling my things in my room (first floor, very cool Victorian vibe) I went into the Tavern, ordered a glass of wine and went out to the front porch to read in a big white Adirondack chair. There was a bar almost directly across the street with its doors and windows open and they were having an early in the day cover band playing almost every song I knew when I was growing up.  I was a very happy person in Rangely ME.  After an hour or so I went back to the Tavern for some dinner and conversation with the waitress.  She knew I wasn’t a local and was curious why I decided to visit her hometown.  I told her about my step-Mom thinking she might know her or her family but she didn’t and did compliment my step-Mom on getting out of town at a young age. I guess anyone who grows up in a small town might feel that way at least once in their life…you know, to get out of town.  My step-Mom had passed away in 2012.  Visiting her home town really meant a lot to me.  If she had never moved away she would never have been my step-Mom.  An amazing woman with 5 children who married my Dad after my Mom passed away and took on an additional 7 children. 

Tomorrow, July 1 in my travel blog world, I will be exploring the Rangely area before stopping here and there on my way to Waterbury VT.  Come back to see what will be discovered on the road from Rangely ME to Waterbury VT.

    “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

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