MAINE: my final frontier. These are the voyages of the Scooter Vespa 250 i.e. Super. Its continuing mission - to explore America's most heavily forested state - to roam the vast coastline, numberless lakes, and mighty mountains. To boldly go where no scooter has gone before!

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Day Picnic - with Relish!

On New Year's Day, with the temperature a ridiculous 46 degrees, a ride to Two Lights State Park seemed reasonable. Parking my GTS next to the remnants of a white Christmas, I walked down to the sea.

At first glance, I was nearly alone

But around a bend, I came upon an unusual sight - for even a mild Maine winter. A family was gathered around heavily-laden picnic tables. Note that a pair of blue-coated picnickers are warming their hands over a charcoal grill. Mainers may be hardy, but we're not foolish!

The lady in the center, and the only person with hands not in pockets, is Susan Parker, who is holding jars of her "Relish The Moment" Zucchini Relish.

Available only locally for the moment, Susan is expecting to expand both the varieties and availability of her relishes.

I can attest to the taste of he product, although I haven't yet put it to the "I'm fat because I love to eat - a lot!" test, which consists of loading relish on a number of hot dogs and hamburgers.

But, on a spoon, out of the jar, this is superb stuff!

Susan holds her second grandchild as his mother wisely slips her hand into her pocket. It's nice out, for sure, but it's still January.

Until her "Relish the Moment" website is completed, Susan Parker can be contacted at


  1. I was part of that crew! Susan is the best and I love her relish!

  2. Paige, I'm planning to give Susan's relish the ultimate test Wednesday. I'll post the results here.

  3. On New Year's Day it was warmer in Maine then it was here in Missouri. Oh well. My first ride of the year was on the second of January. Lots of sun and in the mid-thirties. A glorious day to be out and about.

  4. Circle Blue, It's your turn to have the warmer weather - it's 12 degrees here at 9 pm, with below zero predicted.

    I rode 16 miles today, 26 degrees with 20 mph winds.

  5. It was 17F for my morning commute, but a balmy 35 for the ride home. I'm glad it is my turn to have the warmer weather. It just doesn't seem right for it to be warmer in Maine than Missouri. The only other rider in the parking lot today was a Vespa rider. I believe it was LX150. When it gets cold here there are more scooters out than bikes.

  6. What happened to the photos?