Last Sunday, I woke up with the sun. Dave helped me load up the little Mazda and I zoom-zoomed off to Nick’s house. After some strategic rearranging of my car so we could fit all his stuff in it, we were off again.
An hour later we were at the Claire Family’s house in New Hampshire! It only took me a year to finally get up there to meet Mr. Ronan. This is the family who found my blog while they were pregnant with Ronan. I’ve written about them a couple of times: here, and here and here.
It was great to spend a few hours together at their lovely home. Denny (Ronan’s big brother) was a hoot and so full of energy! He was so excited to show Nick and I all his toys and his room, and was determined not to be left out of the lunchtime conversation.
Ronan was a sweetheart. When we first got there, and I first held him, he was crying because Denny had woken him from his nap. But after he had some lunch he perked up and was happy and laughing, and chasing Denny around the house on his hands and knees. Lindsay and Dennis are really going to have their hands full once he starts walking!
After we said goodbye to the Claires, Nick and I were off to Acadia. It was another 4 hour drive north. We grumbled about this for a bit, but the time went by pretty fast and gave us lots of time to catch up on each other’s lives. At Mom’s request, we stopped at When Pigs Fly, which is a bakery in Kittery. We managed not to eat all the bread before we got to the campground.
Some of the things we did in Acadia were:
Scoped out the view on Cadillac Mountain. It was a little chilly up there! Also, crowded, but we managed to get this picture which makes us look like we are mostly alone.
Chilled at the campsite. Actually, we really didn’t do much of that – we were too busy going out and exploring.
Scoped out the Bass Harbor Head Light. We were looking for some Japanese gardens, but failed to find them. We found this light house instead.
We spent some time climbing on the rocks and looking at stuff in the tidal pools there.
We drove into Bar Harbor to find out if we could go on a whale watch or a puffin tour. When we saw the prices we were less inclined, so we decided to just walk across the sandbar to Bar Island.
We, along with several dozen other people, walked up to the summit. It was a beautiful view!
Later, we made our way to Thunder Hole. Despite being there at the appropriate time, we did not hear it thundering. Instead, we watched lots of people climbing the rocks and we wondered how there had not been more fatalities at this location.
On our final day in Maine, we rented paddleboards and found a secluded lake on which to take them out. The lake was amazing. The water was surprisingly warm and very clear. As soon as we got out of the car, we could hear loons calling on the water. We saw a mama loon with two young loons. We saw adult loons diving and coming up really far from where they’d dived. We even saw a bald eagle! Kris and I went out on the paddleboards and were able to find the tree where the eagle was perched. He (or she?) was grooming, and as we watched, a huge, white tail feather fell out of the tree and helicoptered down. It landed on a bush right on the edge of the water, so I was able to paddle over and get it. That’s my kind of souvenir!
Of course there were lots of other moments that I did not get pictures of – our evening of lying on the rocks looking up at the stars, counting satellites and talking and laughing about all sorts of things, eating lunch at an unfriendly restaurant in Bar Harbor, Kris and I riding bikes the wrong way on the park trail and almost getting our eyes gouged out by a seagull.
As always, I love getting to spend time with my siblings. It’s always funny to see each other and notice how similar we actually are, despite living miles and miles apart, and to recount old stories and create new memories. Sigh. A week is not nearly long enough.
The rest of the family eating lobster while Kris and I were back at the campsite eating vegan sausage and peppers and potato salad.
12 thoughts on “A Whirlwind Tour of MA, NH & ME”
Heather! What wonderful memories were created with your family for a week! The pics were amazing. Such beautiful country up there. We head out today for Brian and Chris. About a 4 hour drive from our location in Clinton after having a lovely dinner with our long time friends in Old Sayrebrook.
Are you still up for meeting us in VT?
Thanks! It is a beautiful place! I wish I’d known you were in CT, we could have gotten together for lunch or dinner. I’d like to meet up in VT but not sure if it will work logistically. You don’t get in until Sunday night, right?
We were in CT for less than 24 hours to meet up with Friends from our wedding! Sorry we couldn’t make that work. If getting to VT is too much, we totally understand. Maybe you need a vacation in Palm Springs in the winter?!
And we get in Sunday afternoon and leave Tuesday morning. Not to stress about getting there when you just had vacation. We will stay connected via our blogs and FB. ❤️❤️❤️ Dotty
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I’m actually going to be out in Southern California in September. I’ll be there for nearly two weeks so maybe we can meet up on the weekend I’m there!
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That would be perfect! We would love to see you in September. Sorry this didn’t quite work out for us. I’m assuming Kris probably has similar issues?
I’m not sure what Kris’s plans are.
Ok. I’ll check with him.
What a lovely adventure, I love that you take trips like this with your siblings! It is nice that you are all so close. I miss the ocean so much, I am from California but now live in Missouri and your gorgeous pictures of the ocean made me homesick. Also, what is a loon?
Thank you! A loon is a type of bird. They’re really neat. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loon
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Oh! I was like, is a loon a person who kayaks? I totally learned something new!