And down the mountain we drove. Around 85 miles down, same mileage back. We met Bette Stevens, of 4 Writers and Readers. She’s in the middle of a round of editing her next book, but she took the time to spend the afternoon with me and Garry.

Bette Stevens

Bette Stevens

A great lunch and Ken’s Family Restaurant, a trip to the Magaret Chase Smith Library, and a brief sojourn to see the world’s tallest Indian (statue), created by Bernard Langlais (1921-1977), a sculptor from Old Town who attended the local art school.

Marilyn and Bette

Marilyn and Bette

Garry and I were wearing our matched pair of Serendipity sweat shirts. You could hardly tell us apart!

Marilyn and Garry by Bette Stevens

Marilyn and Garry by Bette Stevens

Garry and Bette

Garry and Bette

We had great conversation at lunch, then spent some time taking picture of each other, visiting the library and admiring the statue, which is oddly located next to a Cumberland Farms.

View from the Margaret Chase Smith Library

View from the Margaret Chase Smith Library

We know each other on the Internet, yet there’s always some nervousness when finally, we meet in person. Will we really like one another?

The Margaret Chase Smith Library

The Margaret Chase Smith Library

No problem. It was love at first sight. I think we are officially best-friends-forever. I don’t know when we will be back this way, but I’m sure we will come again. Maybe next year or the year after that. But we will come back. How could we not return to so much natural beauty and great people?

World's Tallest Indian (Statue)

World’s Tallest Indian (Statue)

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22 replies

  1. Love the photo of you and Garry- great smiles! You and Bette do look like kindred spirits- you can just see it in the photo


  2. Reblogged this on Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author and commented:
    A special day to remember with great new forever friends Marilyn and Gary Armstrong. We met on the net, but we’ll never forget that face-to-face meetings are far better yet! If you haven’t had a chance to meet my extraordinary new friends, yet, be sure to stop by SERENDIPITY Blog, that’s You’re sure to find great post, pix and peeks into everything under the sun, where some say there is nothing new. They keep this Boomer (me) laughing and learning. ~ Bette A. Stevens


  3. This is a really nice post. What’s best that having lunch with friends or new friends? Plus in such a gorgeous setting? Enjoy every minute of your stay up there. Great photos of all of you. The sweatshirts are cool.


  4. Yep .. that’s one big injun. (Looks peacable though).
    Time for drink of well water.


    • I talked to the well guys yesterday — apparently so did my son because he alluded to this being the second call in a very short time. He said there’s queue and I’m on it. Drilling is an art, not a science and some people have no water at all. They get the work done first. Heaving great sigh. I had so hoped it would all be over when I got back. Guess not. Meanwhile, I’m showing up a storm.

      That was one very large statue in a very weird location.


  5. Looks like you’re having a great time!
    I’m still very taken with your sweatshirts, they’re so cool 🙂

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  6. You and Bette look like you’ve known each other for years and years…and maybe even related… perhaps in a prior life? And the pic of you and Mr. A is priceless… ’tis good to see smiles on those faces, and even laughter. Going on a walkabout appears to suit ya.

    On a different note… gotta love sumac in the fall. One of my favorites. I have a creeping sumac by the house, stays fairly low, is fragrant, and turns the most g.l.o.r.i.o.u.s. shades of orange in the fall. Hate cold, but love, love, love the colors and crispness of fall.

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    • We felt like we’d known each other for years. A nice feeling. We get to be friends on the Internet but I think there’s always a doubt whether this will translate to the “real world.” It translate! Big time!!

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      • It was a marvelous afternoon. Truth be told, I’m always nervous about meeting new people. Unless I’m in my TV news guy personna, I’m shy. Always been that way. Bette is a such a friendly and warm person, making me relax instantly. It was great for Marilyn to have someone other than me for conversation. Read EVERYTHING between that line! Here’s hoping we do it again and hire Robby the Robot to drive.

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  7. WOW ! This is so amazing. Lovely expressions on faces. Fantastic post. I am gonna feel the same if ever I will meet you in future. Haha.

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  8. Great post today with some lovely pictures. I love meeting pen pals. Is that term ever used anymore?

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  9. Awesome! Love the pictures, and the beginning of a friendship!

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