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08 Aug
Coastal Children’s Museum: Rockland, Maine

Coastal Children’s Museum: Rockland, Maine

One morning in Camden Hills started out gray and rainy, so we immediately went to the indoor activities list and this was on the top based on a couple of recommendations. There was barely a sign announcing this museum’s presence off to the side of an old shipping yard and next to the abandoned railroad tracks. It looked tiny and sort of ad hoc, so I was quite surprised at the amount of thought and charm that was packed into this place. It easily kept the kids active and engaged for a couple of hours. But let me pause here and grumble... Read More

He gets the goods; She unpacks them: Book Buying and Book Reading

As you can tell from his last post, Jeremy really loves everything about buying books- not just the books themselves but also the stores, the cafes, and even the (ahem) t-shirts. Yes, he actually owns a Strand t-shirt from the ’90s and it is still in regular rotation. The whole book store thing is a little bit of a romantic attachment, but as he reminds me regularly, it could be worse. And while I don’t enjoy the bookstores, he is right in arguing that I do enjoy the purchases. Lucky for him. Value added. So I kind of see it this... Read More

Heaven is a Bookstore in Maine: The Owl and the Turtle

                                                      Camden and Rockland, Maine Actually, I found heaven in two bookstores in Maine.  The Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden and Rock City Books in Rockland were both examples of small, lovingly curated, independent bookstores that did not feel small at all.  An avid reader can spend hours in shops like these because each shelf is worth scanning.  You can feel the love that the owners put into each purchase because there is no wasted space on the shelves. When we camp near a new city or town I... Read More

Grownups’ Night Out: The Pearl in Rockland, Maine

Here are a few of the choice comments that I receive on a near-daily basis about having twins:1. God Bless You! 2. Better you than me! 3. My, don’t you have your hands full! 4. I don’t know how you do it!I think this kind of constant reaction from people has sort of deep down convinced me that my children really are too much of a handful for the average babysitter. Not that many people have ever offered to watch my children just for the hay of it, but when they do, you sort of think, “Are you serious? Do you know what you... Read More
01 Aug
A Train Ride Into the Past: Boothbay Railway Village

A Train Ride Into the Past: Boothbay Railway Village

www.railwayvillage.org Boothbay, Maine While touring around Boothbay we also took in the Boothbay Railway Village.  We bought our train tickets and headed out back to check out the pond and some of the old trains and fire engines that were on display behind the station.  The boys loved climbing up on those fire engines and running around on the lawn and at the edge of the pond. They got to climb up on old John Deere tractors and play around in old rail cars. When the time came to board the train we all grabbed seats and headed into the next... Read More
30 Jul
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: Boothbay, Maine

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: Boothbay, Maine

Boothbay, Maine Your average person gets a little funny about dropping serious coin to look at some pretty flowers. And while you may not be shocked to pay 15 bucks a ticket at Longwood Gardens–it is outside of Philadelphia and has been there for a gazillion years–12 dollar tickets at the new botanical garden in Maine can give you a mild case of whiplash. Trust me on this one: pay the money for the ticket. They could charge a lot more. We showed up at the Botanical gardens thinking we would have our picnic lunch and check out the... Read More
28 Jul
Campground Review: Camden Hills State Park, Maine

Campground Review: Camden Hills State Park, Maine

                                                   Camden, Maine I pulled up to the ranger station at Camden Hills State Park with the usual site-anxiety that grips me upon entering each new campground.  Would our site be spacious? Would there be room for the boys to play and scream?  Or would we be staring at a 50 foot RV’s sewage lines all week and yelling at our boys to get out of our neighbors dirty fire ring?  It may seem greedy for me to always expect a really big site–but when your kids wake up at 5 am each morning with... Read More

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