Report from the Field: Sebago Lake, Day 1

Parker and Tom arrive at Moose Landing Marina with the Pursuit C 260 in tow
Parker and Tom arrive at Moose Landing Marina with the Pursuit C 260 in tow.

The wild New England Boating TV road trip in Maine continues!

The crew checked out of the excellent Harraseeket Inn in Freeport on Wednesday morning, hitched up the Pursuit C260 at the Yarmouth Boat Yard and headed inland toward the Sebago Lake area. About an hour later we pulled into Moose Landing Marina on Brandy Pond, where we were greeted by Sales Manager Will Monson.

Gene Allen shoots the Pursuit being launched at the Moose Landing ramp
Gene Allen shoots the Pursuit being launched at the Moose Landing ramp.

After shooting the open to the show, we launched the Pursuit then hopped in an Eastern 22 Sisu for a short run to Long Lake and lunch at Rick’s Café. On hand to help us tie up was none other that the affable co-owner of the restaurant, Ed Osborne, who, it turns out, has also done some work in TV production. Ed and his partner, Skip Meeker, have maintained the venerable restaurant, which occupies a historic clapboard building that once housed a popular “casino”, or gathering spot with an arcade and dance hall. As Ed led the way into the restaurant, we were introduced to 2 fans of the show, Robin and Tom, who have been visiting Rick’s for 23 years on their annual vacation from Cape Cod.

 Tom and Parker pass below the Causeway bridge on their way back to Brandy Pond

Tom and Parker pass below the Causeway bridge on their way back to Brandy Pond.

Well fortified with a delicious meal and cool drinks, we headed back to Brandy Pond to shoot a water-tubing segment with the Stone family. The 90-degree temperature must have inspired Parker to give it a try, for she gamely jumped in the water to be pulled around in the tube for the cameras. Gotta say, it looked like fun.

 Parker poses with a group of her newest fans
Parker poses with a group of her newest fans.

As a cold front approached and thunder rumbled in the distance, we secured the boats and drove to Point Sebago Resort and Campground, our home for the next 2 days. This marks another first for the show, as we are staying in trailers along the water’s edge. Camping with the crew will no doubt prove to be a bonding experience (we hope), and Parker has already mentioned something about s’mores.

Stay tuned for more fun from the field!

Parker cools off during the tubing segment
Parker cools off during the tubing segment.

Tom and Parker pose with Rick's Cafe co-owner Ed Osborne, a most genial and generous host!

Tom and Parker with Rick’s Cafe co-owner Ed Osborne, a most genial and generous host!
The infamous Rick's Rocket at Rick's Cafe
The infamous Rick’s Rocket at Rick’s Cafe.
 Rick's Cafe on the Long Pond Causeway is a great place to dine or enjoy a drink overlooking the wate

Rick’s Cafe on the Long Pond Causeway is a great place to dine or enjoy a drink overlooking the water.
Tom and Parker got to meet Robin and Tom, two show fans on vacation from Cape Cod1
Tom and Parker got to meet Robin and Tom, two show fans on vacation from Cape Cod.
NEB TV Executive Producer Steve Wyman with a Sebago largemouth
NEBO TV Executive Producer Steve Wyman with a Sebago smallmouth.
Delicious lobster roll at Rick's Cafe
Delicious lobster roll at Rick’s Cafe.