Tuesday, September 11, 2007

le Carotte in Maine

le Carotte stows away...

Le Carotte was very concerned that his adventures in Maine had not been properly highlighted, adding that the most exciting things generally tend to happen to him.

As you can see, he very stealthily stowed away in my bag, popping out only after we'd landed in Portland, where he made quite a scene, being the only stuffed monkey in the car rental area.

On the road to Bar Harbor, Giovanni contented himself with the beautiful Maine sunshine, and he certainly seemed to approve of the convertible...

on the road

However, once the weather changed the next day, and we found ourselves in misty conditions, he admitted that having the top down was "a tad too damp" for him:

carotte enjoys the mountain air

Neverthless, le Carotte loved Acadia National Park, saying that the climb up Cadillac Mountain (in a convertible, with the top down) is "not to be missed." He also added that "the impatient gentleman on the motorcycle" who made a lewd gesture at us when we took our descent very slowly was "quite a ragamuffin."

carotte climbs Cadillac Mountain

However, le Carotte's most memorable adventure was most certainly "the part with the pirates":

le carotte falls in with a rough crowd

We espied these two scoundrels guarding the entrance to the local mini golf, scaring away young children and being all-around sourpusses. But le Carotte's effect on pirates is indubitable, as within minutes we found this old seadog cracking a smile:

carotte makes the pirates smile

Giovanni now has an open invitation to the open seas, and we had the run of the mini golf course...

But le Carotte, being above all a huge nature buff enjoyed our last day most, when he spent plenty of time in a park near the water:

le Carotte enjoys the flowers

The dandelions were in full bloom, and drunken butterflies wobbled all over the horizon. And so ends the short tale of le Carotte's adventures in Maine... :)


Scribbles & Bits said...

Cute! I'm glad you all had a such a great time!!!!

Average Jane Crafter said...

Adorable and hilarious!

How funny (or is it sad...) that I sit here wondering what the wee monkey's voice sounds like?


Kimberly said...

Gosh I love a monkey saga. When does the movie come out?

You are making me laugh!

Melissa Goodsell said...

He looks so sweet in the photos :O)

*BB* said...

lol looks like he had a wonderful time. Stowing away pays off!

Monica said...

He sure knows how to have a good time!!

Anna Betts said...

you are truly nuts my dear, but that was such fun reading!
le carotte reminds me of the knome in amelie, you know he would be jetting off around the world given half a chance - cheeky scamp!

floresita said...

Hee hee - thank you all, my friends! I'm sure le Carotte would be pleased if he didn't have stuffing for brains! :)

And Anna, I prefer the terms "crackers" or "bonkers"... :) Le Carotte is, indeed, a very cheeky scamp! ;)

Gina E. said...

Oh Floresita, those photos and your write-up about Bar Harbor and Cadillac Mountain brought back so many memories for me! My first husband and I spent a few days in Maine on our three month trip to the USA back in the 1970's, and we both decided it was one of our favorite US States. As we were travelling by Greyhound, if there was no bus where we were going, we walked. Wayne insisted on going to the top of Cadillac Mountain, and it took us 3 hours to walk there. My feet were terribly sore afterwards, but the view at the top was worth the agony!

floresita said...

Three Hours?! Wow I am glad we had a car - we did a much shorter hike on Gorham trail, to tell the truth I was so overwhelmed by how beautiful everything was it was hard to get tired... I'm glad le Carotte's adventures brought back happy memories for you! :)