Maine – Day 1: A Moose Named Lenny

brittanyannswanson@gmail.com   September 14, 2015   Comments Off on Maine – Day 1: A Moose Named Lenny

Everything happens for a reason and things don’t always go according to plan. Two clichés, but two very true statements and two lessons I am taking to heart as I close out this first day of 50 States in 50 Weeks. So the whole “things don’t always go according to plan” thing is obvious. I planned to go to The Museums of Old York today, and that didn’t happen. What isn’t obvious is what happens with the “everything happens for a reason” part.

So, as it happens the Museums of Old York are only open from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Sundays and for some reason I thought it was only until 4:00 p.m.. Since I left NYC later than I meant to, I thought I was only going to have about forty-five minutes at the museum when I got there. I wanted to spend more time at the museum than that so I decided to save the Museums of Old York for the end of the week when I’m driving through to New Hampshire.

Photo of Brittany next to the Welcome to Maine sign.

Obligatory Welcome to Maine tourist photo.

Instead, I stopped off at the Maine Visitor Center to see if I could find anything else to add to my Maine bucket list before I really kicked this week off. After wandering around the center for about fifteen minutes I gathered up a handful of pamphlets. I got all the basics: all about Acadia National Park, Celebrate the Coast, Exploring Maine – One Exit at a Time, and Woods & Waters Scenic Byway.  Of course, I also got some other pamphlets that struck my fancy: Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, Experience Glassblowing, Maine Potters Market, Judi’s Country Store, Ebenezer’s Brew Pub, and Len Libby’s Chocolatier and Candy Store.

As you know, if you’ve read the About Me and About ABW sections, I think it is important to follow the omens and listen to my intuition or as I like to call it, the universe. I find that whenever I have a feeling about something, and shrug it off I regret not listening to it. So when I saw the pamphlet for Len Libby’s Chocolatier and Candy Store not once, but TWICE while wandering around the Visitor Center I knew I had to check it out.

I Google Mapped Len Libby’s before leaving the Visitor Center and it was on the way to Portland and open until 6:00 p.m. so that became my new next stop. I mean, how could I pass up a 1,700 pound moose sculpture made out of chocolate?! Oh, did I forget to mention to mention Lenny? Yeah, Len Libby’s major draw and marketing strategy is a nearly two ton chocolate moose sculpture named Lenny. Genius. There was no way I was going to miss that!

Brittany pretending to take a bite out of Lenny, the 1,700 lb chocolate moose at Len Libby's Chocolatier in Scarborough, ME.

Pretending to take a bite out of Lenny, a 1,700 lb chocolate moose sculpture, at Len Libby’s Chocolatier in Scarborough, ME.

Here’s a better picture of Lenny, I just couldn’t resist the previous one:

A picture of Lenny the 1,700 lb moose at Len Libby's Chocolatier in Scarborough, ME.

Lenny, the chocolate moose.

In case you can’t read the sign, it says:

Lenny
The world’s only life-sized chocolate moose.

Fun Facts:
Made of 1,700 pounds of fine grade milk chocolate
Sculpted on-site in four weeks
Pond is white chocolate tinted with food coloring.
Unveiled July 1, 1997
Created for the enjoyment of our customers. – The Hemond Family

So, I didn’t get to check out the Museums of Old York today, but I DID get to pose next to a 1,700 lb sculpture of a moose, which is pretty freaking sweet. Things don’t always go as planned, but everything happens for a reason. Lenny was awesome and I’m super grateful for the unexpected addition to my trip.