I have to tell you, there is nothing as sweet as a good vacation. You know how I love big, busy trips (hello! Disney and Universal both come to mind) but hiding away from it all in a lakeside cabin in Maine with intermittent reception just can’t be beat for true relaxation. A few highlights I don’t ever want to forget:
Driving up to Maine, about an hour or so into the trip, the sky turned an ominous dark, dark gray. We watched, as we continued north, the gray clouds take over, as they would in an eerie movie. Then, buckets of water. While we tried to outrace the storm, we made it to Maine. Only to learn 2 days later that we drove through Hurricane Albert. (*The beauty of not having TV or Internet that first weekend–what you don’t know won’t hurt you. See below.)
Two days later, we thought a spontaneous 3-hour drive to Bar Harbor would make an exciting day for our kids, until about two-thirds of the way into the trip when we see car lined up for miles, heading the opposite direction. About that time, I received a return phone call from the a Whale-watching boat tour where I’d called to reserve 5 tickets earlier that morning. Her comment was very simple, “I don’t know where you are, but we aren’t going out in this weather.” A quick call to reserve our hotel room and I quickly learned, the islands were flooding and the power was out over half the island. (*This is also when we realized we traveled through a hurricane. See above.)
And, so, rather than turning around and sitting in traffic for hours, we opted to explore Maine. Now, if you’re not familiar with Maine, I should share that many of Maine’s roads are never direct. They curve around mountains and lakes. So while a bird may fly a direct line that takes 5 minutes, it may take you 55 minutes to drive around obstacles. On our drive back, we found obstacles to include goats wandering freely on the side of the road, world-class bridges that are only available to cross major rivers every 30-or so miles and very, very few places to eat.
We returned from our explorations, happy to spend days on the water canoeing, boating, rafting and playing. Never before have we eaten so many meals on the dock or the porch, a truly relaxing trip.
My husband and I also celebrated our 14-year wedding anniversary with a night away in Booth Bay Harbor. We finally enjoyed the fresh steamed clams I’ve been dreaming of for over a year and a night focused on just the two of us.
The following morning, after a beautiful morning of dock-side breakfast, we window-shopped around town, enjoying the shops we’ve always loved at Booth Bay, until my parents, sister and kids joined us. Following, we enjoyed lobster (yum!) back on the docks and a day sailing on the bay.
There are always so many highlights each year on our trips. Click here for the Julieverse 2014 Best of Maine vacation.
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