The catchy words and tune from Roger Miller's King of the Road ran through my head as we began our trip North. Although we have traveled through, or possibly around, Bangor several times on our way to Canada, we have never visited the Queen City of the northeast. We were headed there a couple of Thursdays ago for a fun trip related to my hubby's work, and were traveling, not by boxcar, but by minivan. We were going to the Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Exposition, otherwise known as the Loggers' Expo. The Loggers’ Expo alternates between Bangor, Maine in odd years and Essex Junction, Vermont in even years. Although Mr. T has visited the expos in Essex Junction several times, he had never been to the one in Bangor. And this was my very first time at a Loggers' Expo! He wanted me to come along, so he suggested making it a getaway, with two nights in a hotel.
It worked out so well and was a truly refreshing time away. We arrived at our hotel a little after 7 pm and found that cheese and crackers, milk and cookies were all available for a bedtime snack, so of course we availed ourselves of that. (We had eaten a very simple picnic supper in the car on the way up.) We also learned that a complimentary shuttle was available to take us to and from the expo, where the parking was not all that easy. So we decided to take advantage of that, as well.
After a good night's rest we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Comfort Inn has a really nice breakfast with everything one might want, even eggs, ham, sausage, things like that. Fueled for the morning, we took the shuttle to the Expo, which was being held at the Cross Insurance Center. Here's a view looking down on some of the indoor exhibits:
|Beautifully painted pickups were in evidence, promoting various wares -- see the next two as well↓|
|A portable sawmill|
|This cone-shaped attachment will split large, unwieldy logs to make them more manageable.|
|Love that punny apple core sign!|
So here are just a couple more pictures from the Expo:
|And a back view of Paul Bunyan, taken from the window of the Cross Center (and facing the Hollywood Casino across the street).|
On the Historical Marker Database, I found this info: "This statue, reputed to be the largest of Paul Bunyan in the world, stands facing the Penobscot River. The legendary giant woodsman is a symbol of the great era in the late 1800s when Bangor, Maine was acclaimed to be 'The Lumber Capital of the World' with sailing vessels crowding the river and loaded with lumber for shipment to seaports around the world." Apparently Bangor claims to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan, too -- a claim it shares with Akeley, Minnesota. I'll add a bit more about this in my next Bangor post.
Yes, I've decided that in order to get this published, I need to divide it into at least two, maybe 3, posts. So stay tuned for the rest of our Bangor adventure!