Greetings from Maine! #FamilyTravelDiary

Castine, Maine

Castine, Maine

Good Sunday morning to you!! I don’t even know where to begin sharing about our trip. Our time in Maine so far has been full but relaxing.

For starters, we’ve taken the boat out on the lake, made s’mores, hiked Blue Hill Mountain, toured the picturesque town of Castine, and biked Schoodic Point.

Our Blue Hill Mountain hike was more exciting than we had anticipated when we “lost” two of our kids on the way up. They’d gone on ahead of us, and when they got to a fork, they took a different route — the long one. So when we got to the summit, they weren’t there. Naturally, I freaked.

They weren’t gone all that long, but as we were tromping around the mountain searching for them, all I could think of was the story of Blueberries for Sal, when Little Bear was following along behind Little Sal’s mother, and Little Sal was following along behind Little Bear’s mother, and they were all mixed up on Blueberry Hill. All’s well that ends well, but we had a pretty serious conversation about not going too far ahead of the pack.


Blue Hill Mountain

Blue Hill Mountain

Schoodic Penninsula

Schoodic Penninsula

Fun on the Lake

Fun on the Lake

biking

Biking Schoodic

Schoodic Penninsula

Biking Schoodic

I probably make it sound like we’re going all the time, but we’re really not. I’ve had a lot of time to laze around by the lake. We’ve played more games of Spades than I can count. We have quite a rivalry going — Paul and me against our son and my dad. For the record, we’re ahead; they’ve only beat us once. (I’m not at all competitive.)

I’ve also read an entire novel, met two friends for coffee, taken several walk/runs by the lake, written a couple of blog posts, and naps are becoming a part of my daily routine. It’s just that those activities don’t make for very good pictures. Ha.

Last night we picked up lobsters at a local lobster pound and cooked them here at the house. The kids had a blast with that.

lobster

Today we have plans to visit the Jordan Pond House. This means lobster stew, popovers for the non-gluten-free among us, and more beautiful vistas. It’s one of our favorite spots in all of Maine, but most tourists share this opinion, so we are prepared for a bit of a wait.

The weather has been pretty mixed this week. It’s grey and damp here right now, but I’m not complaining. As my mom likes to say, a rainy day at the lake beats a sunny day at the office! All in all, it’s been a great vacation so far. I can’t believe it’s only half over.

Next week we’ll be trading my extended family for my husband’s, and we can’t wait to introduce them to some of our favorite sites. It will be the first time we’ve hosted them here, so we’re pretty psyched about that. Plus, the weather’s looking up so we’re hoping to end our vacation on a high note.

Enjoy your Sunday!