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We had eaten very well at Captain Carlos Seafood Restaurant for lunch, and had gotten pretty full. We didn’t know if we would have room for dinner. But when it got to be about 8pm, we decided that we should find at least something to eat, or we would be starving in the morning. We were concerned about how late things would be open, and were reassured when we saw online that some places were supposed to be open till 11pm.
So we drove down to the Gloucester waterfront, and parked. We walked along the road for a bit looking for seafood restaurants. There was a big one that we were advised against. We found a few other non-seafood restaurants as well. But we didn’t come to Gloucester to eat Chinese food. LOL! We found a map, and found there were only a few seafood restaurants down here at all. We got back in to car to hunt down The Cupboard, a restaurant in the nearby park. We found a sort walk up style place, that almost looked like a concession stand. Was that The Cupboard? We didn’t see a sign. We decided to head back to Capt. Carlo’s.
We found parking right in front. There were a lot more people here tonight, but we were seated quickly. They brought us some rolls. They were made with a lot of dill. I tried one, and really didn’t care for it. My wife seemed to like them.
Since my wife and I were not overly hungry, we decided to split an entrée. We debated about which one. We were going to ask the waitress, but it took forever for her to come over. I started to tell her about how we weren’t sure what to order, and she asked if we needed more time, and that she could go fill another table’s drink orders. We told her go ahead. While she was gone, we decided on our own to try the Seafood Casserole. It came with a salad and a potato, so we decided to order a second salad. We also decided to split another bowl of clam chowder. When the waitress came over, we ordered our food. For the potato we ordered roasted potatoes.
The clam chowder came out quickly, and was even better than what we had there for lunch. Then the salads came. Eventually the entrée came out. The Seafood Casserole was excellent. The roasted potatoes were also very good.
When were done eating, we waited and waited for our check. The waitress would pass right by us to process other people’s orders. Finally, my wife asked the hostess if we could get our bill. He hostess went in search of the waitress. About three or four minutes the waitress showed up with our bill, we paid and left.
The food was great. Our service tonight kind of sucked though. But it seemed to be just our waitress. Other people who came in about the same time we did got there food before we did, and were gone long before we got out of there. I think our waitress may have been relatively new. At least I hope she was new, because she needs to learn to be more efficient.
With the excellent food, and knowing that service isn’t all like what we had tonight, I
Capt. Carlo’s Seafood Restaurant is located on Harbor Loop in Gloucester, Mass.

We stayed at this campground 12 years ago, and we are here again. It’s just like we remembered it.
As we arrived, the lady came down to greet us. She was very friendly, and showed us on the map the various areas we could stay. Basically any unoccupied spot. We came pre-season, so they have mostly open spots. Next week, they will probably be much fuller. But they were still getting some areas ready for the season. She did recommend a couple areas, and we drove off to look at them. We found a nice spot in the woods, right next to the restrooms and showers. There were some branches fallen on the spot, so I pulled them away, and we set up our tent. Then we went down and told here what spot we chose. The tent spot only cost $26 (no power or water though). Much cheaper than man of the other campgrounds we have encountered during our trip. But I guess the KOA’s are a little newer, and nicer.
The restrooms are old, and nothing fancy. The showers are the same way. Interestingly, the showers cost 25 cents for minutes. I forgot about the pay showers, but when I saw them, I remembered them from 12 years ago. I can’t remember if they cost a quarter back then.
The manager lady was also very helpful in locating a good restaurant in town. She also mentioned that they have WIFI, but I would have to come down by the office to use it.
Cape Ann Camp Site is located at 80 Atlantic St, Gloucester, MA. (978) 283-8683.

My wife and I visited Gloucester, MA about 12 years ago. I am not sure why were came here. I remember that we were scheduled for a whale watch (that ended up being cancelled due to weather). I don’t remember if we came to Gloucester for the whale watch, or if we found the whale watch because we were going to be in Gloucester. Maybe Gloucester was just at a nice stopping point in our trip around New England.
Whatever the case, we really enjoyed our day in Gloucester. So when we were planning our trip around New England, we wanted to stop in Gloucester again.
So today we arrived. We are staying in the same campground we stayed in 12 years ago. The campground hasn’t changed much.
After setting up our tent, we headed off into town. After getting lunch at Capt. Carlo’s Restaurant, we went off to explore the town. It’s not like we remember. We thought there were more little places along the water. My wife wanted to see the Rocky Neck Art Colony, so off we went. We found it easily. We parked, and walked into a few shops, but it was not what my wife was expecting, so we left.
Back in town we drove along Main street. We passed a used bookstore, so we spent some time exploring that. There was another store my wife liked called Local Colors Gallery. But it seems like most of the shops are galleries filled with high priced stuff. Where is the cute little town that we visited 12 years ago? I guess the Gloucester we were expecting to find is only in our memories. I don’t know if we will stop here next time. We may try to find some other cute little town.

Having just arrived in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and set up our tent, I inquired of the campground manager of any good restaurants in the area. She mentioned a couple, and gave me a list of all the restaurants in the area. Then instead of recommending any restaurants, she crossed a couple off the list and said to avoid those as she had gotten poor reports about them.
One of the initial restaurants she named was Captain Carlo’s Restaurant. To tell you the truth, I think we might haven’t eaten there many years ago, but I am not sure.
So we drove down to the waterfront, and found the restaurant. It was on Harbor Loop right next the whale watch place that cancelled our whale watching cruise 12 years ago due to bad weather. Anyway, I digress.
We walked into Capt. Carlo’s and were greeted by a young lady (actually they seem to keep all the women out front, and keep the men back in the kitchen). She seated us. We were kind of lobster’d out from the three nights in Bar Harbor, so we wanted just simple fish and chips. Another young lady came to take our order. We ordered a couple diet cokes, which were quickly brought. Then she took our order. We ordered a bowl of clam chowder (the bowl was big enough to feed both of us, and only a couple bucks more than the cups). And we both ordered the fish and chips. The clam chowder came out first with a couple packets of oyster crackers. I like oyster crackers, my doesn’t, so I only put crackers in my half of the bowl! LOL! The clam chowder was very good, Not the best we have ever had, but it was better than most. We were scraping the bowl for the last drop. Then our waitress brought out our fish and chips. She also brought us extra tartar sauce, actually more than we needed. The fish was very tender, and delicious. The fries were good. The serving portions were pretty big. My wife was only able to eat able to eat about half of hers. I ate my whole meal and was stuffed. That was about 1:30ish. It is now about 6:30, and neither of us is very hungry. We are not sure about dinner yet. Everything might be closed by the time we are hungry again.
The prices were reasonable too. The fish and chips each cost $7.50, and the bowl of chowder about $6. We enjoyed our meal, and would happily eat here again.
Captain Carlo’s Restaurant is located on the Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA. (978) 283-6342.

Monday we had made a detour to Portland, ME to stop at BJ’s Wholesale to get some new tires on my car (after we discovered my front tires were nearly bald). While they working on my car, I stopped into the store, and bought some new jeans. After I got the jeans, I headed back to the waiting room.
We were about 30 miles down the road on our way towards Bar Harbor when I realized that I had left the jeans on a chair in the waiting room. I wasn’t going to drive back 30 miles just to get the jeans.
We left Bar Harbor this morning, and it was going to take us through Portland, ME. I decided to route us passed the BJ’s Wholesale to see about my jeans. I wasn’t quite sure what they would have done with them. I have left the receipt in the folds of the pants. We easily found the BJ’s, and I headed into the auto service area. I didn’t see the guy who had helped us on Monday. But on the counter behind the desk I saw a pair of jeans. I walked up to the counter, pointed at the jeans and said I think those are mine. The guy went to hand them to me, and I asked are the W32 L32? The guy looked and said yeah. He handed them to me, and I took them out to the car. While we were there, I also bought some M&Ms to take with me for my race on Sunday.
I am glad I was able to get my jeans back. It would have sucked a little to have spent $23 on jeans, and to have lost them that fast because of my own stupidity. I am glad they were honest!

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