01 September 2014

Boat Ride to Boothbay Harbor

It's always a joy to make new friends, but it's really cool to make new COUPLE friends. That's not something we've ever really been good at doing. My husband and I have our own friends, and we like to do things just the two of us or with our kids.

Couple friends are a new thing for us and we like it. We like THEM.

Today we all took a boat ride from their home in Five Islands to Boothbay Harbor. I've driven to Boothbay a few times and it TAKES FOREVER. It's a lovely, but LONG drive.

But from Five Islands it was a 15 minute boat ride.

And much more scenic!

We saw all manner of birds, had lobster rolls (and lobster stew and oysters) at a picnic table next to the harbor, and walked around town a bit.

I even got to sneak into my favorite used bookstore and found a small stack of treasures.

It was sort of a last summer hurrah, as Labor Day is the official end of the summer season in Maine. (Although we have weather forecasted in the 80s all week and another friend and I are talking of squeezing in yet one more quick beach afternoon...?)

Anyway. Boothbay. Lovely place, especially from the vantage point of the water.

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26 August 2014

Squeezing in another Beach Day

After being out in the sun all summer and being VERY CAREFUL about sunscreen, tanning, etc., I spent five hours at Popham Beach today and got fried.

I'm still shocked.

I mean, a week ago I was out on the lake for several hours each day and only wore 15 SPF. Understand that I start every summer going to a tan salon for a few minutes each week, and wearing 70+ when I'm out in the sun. By August, though, I've toned it down, as it were.

So today I put on 30 SPF and came home with a sunburn. Ugh, hate that.

But oh, what a day!

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17 August 2014

Sunshine, Water and Friends

This is the one week out of the year that we unplug, unwind, and recharge. We put the Big Band music on the radio and let it waft out of the screened porch of our rented lake cottage. We sleep in, eat whatever we want, take naps, and sit in the sun. We drink wine, read books, and smile a lot.

It's the way a vacation should be.

For many years now we've been doing this, and each time I spend part of the week fretting that "it's never like this at home."

Well, duh.

That's why it's called a vacation. Now I take it for what it is and I don't expect home to feel like that (though I still wish it would!)

The water and weather were PERFECT...

Foggy mornings gave way to beautiful, sunny days...

We had friends who kayaked with us...

Friends in the trees... (we followed him - and he looks slightly annoyed in that last pic, don't you think?)

There were many boats, but not TOO many...

Our friends went on a sunset cruise with us...

Many fish were caught (and released). This 5+ pounder was a joyous sight and it was caught ON the actual 50th birthday!

The lake was peaceful...

One of our daughters came for a birthday visit and fished with her dear old dad...

And of course, the all-important birthday Margarita!


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