Monday, August 17, 2009
We returned yesterday from an enchanting vacation exploring the coast of Maine. I have really wanted to go to Maine for a few years now; ever since I read Rachel Carson's biography, I have dreamed of Maine's foggy, rocky shoreline, its tide pools and coniferous forests.
We spent a few days in Southern Maine at the beach. The hotel we stayed at was family run and had toys and books for the kids, laundry, fresh-baked cookies and a kitchen. It felt like a home away from home. We had beautiful, sunny days and so much fun at the beach: building, body surfing, chasing Miranda, making friends and relaxing.
We went hiking to a nearby place my friend Sara recommended. We saw a lot of wildlife: a harbor seal (he's hiding in that picture above), a downy woodpecker and lots of other birds and bugs. We explored the tide pools.
The town near where we stayed had a historic pier with a small amusement park right on the beach. Miranda went on her first rides and was a champ. We also explored Old Port and the Children's Museum in Portland and I kept hoping to see Soulemama on the street, one of my favorite bloggers.
We camped for four days in Acadia National Park which is located farther up the Maine coast. The park is breathtaking and we will definitely go back. The town of Bar Harbor and a few smaller towns share Mt. Desert Island with the National Park. We hiked, went to the beach in the park, admired the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain, tide pooled and went to some programs given by the Park Rangers.
Jove worked on his Junior Ranger Badge and got it the last day we were there. He is very proud. We found wild blueberries all over and would stop to pick them. I tried lobster for the first time.
The whales, puffins and moose will have to wait until we come back.
Back home, happily, after a lot of adventures. A few weeks left of summer to relax, swim and enjoy each other before we are all back to school
I am going to take a little break from blogging until the school year starts so that I can prepare.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This morning we drove into Manhattan with very little traffic and found parking on the street a couple of blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
We checked out the Egypt exhibit which impressed us all with the amount and variety of objects displayed. Jove was yelling "mummy case" loudly every so often and we had to suppress the kids irresistible urges to touch things, but otherwise they were angels. Luckily, all of the jewelry was encased since Miranda has a thing for jewelry.
We ate lunch in Central Park. Jove rolled down any and all hills while Miranda chased Pigeons.
We explored the park a little: playgrounds and statues. Then Jove saw the boat pond from a distance and recognized it from the Stuart Little book we read last fall. Jove and Miranda (and Jupiter) all had a turn with the remote-controlled boat.
We got out of town before the afternoon traffic and for a moment I felt like I understood why people love Manhattan. I love it one day at a time, preferably ones with no traffic and available parking!!