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30 Aug
We looked at the swim and we jumped right in…(part three)

We looked at the swim and we jumped right in…(part three)

Echo Lake Beach, Acadia National Park Acadia National Park is a gift that keeps on giving. Just when you think you have the place wired you discover something new and exciting.  While perusing my handy National Park Service map one night around the campfire I noticed that there were two officially sanctioned swim spots in the park.  The first one is, of course, the glorious and always chilly Sand Beach.  But if you take a look at the eastern half of your map of M.D.I you will see a cozy little lake to the left of Somes Sound.  If you listen... Read More
25 Aug
Sometimes You Have to Get the Baby off Your Back: Dating in Acadia

Sometimes You Have to Get the Baby off Your Back: Dating in Acadia

Sometimes you just have to be open to what the universe sends your way. Last year the universe sent us some great camping buddies by way of a casual workplace acquaintance and some good ole pop-up camper chatter. A woman I had lunch with at work heard lots of stories while we were in the process of buying our new camper. These stories got passed on to her husband and, wouldn’t you know it, a few weeks later they had a pop-up and we were meeting for a weekend trip in Cape May.Fast forward one year and we are planning a two week camping... Read More
24 Aug
Return to Bubble Pond: The Past, Present, and Future

Return to Bubble Pond: The Past, Present, and Future

Stephanie in Acadia National Park, 2007 It may be cliche to say it, but I don’t care.  Having kids makes everything new again.  The first time Stephanie and I went to Acadia National Park together was back in 2007.  We had an awesome trip and did a lot of hiking and biking–accompanied by a lot of relaxing.  After the bike ride that was recounted in the last post, Stephanie decided to kick back and relax on a warm rock next to Bubble Pond.  She had earned it. Before we had the boys relaxation was an option at any point in the day.... Read More
17 Aug
A State Park You Can Visit in a Dress: Owls Head, Maine

A State Park You Can Visit in a Dress: Owls Head, Maine

In the spirit of the New York Times Photography (see my last grouchy post), I wanted to mention a lovely morning we spent visiting the Owls Head State Park and Lighthouse. When we left the campground that morning, I didn’t actually think we were going to be traipsing about in the great outdoors, much less climbing steep stairs and fighting off gusts of wind that wanted to lift my linen dress clear over my head and send me sailing out to sea. The loose plan was to take in a bit of ‘town’ with some shopping, a light lunch, and... Read More
12 Aug
We looked at the swim and we jumped right in…(part two)

We looked at the swim and we jumped right in…(part two)

Lincolnville, Maine While we were camping at Camden Hills State Park I read an article in the Bangor Daily News about a blog called swimmaine.com.  This useful new blog is dedicated to recommending and documenting great swims in the great state of Maine.  It motivated me to get some more swim in during our New England expedition.  Luckily, towards the end of our trip one of our co-campers discovered a great little beach for swimming about 5 miles north of the park on U.S. Route 1. Our group decided to head to Lincolnville Beach for our last... Read More
09 Aug
We looked at the swim and we jumped right in…(part one)

We looked at the swim and we jumped right in…(part one)

For me, summer and swimming have always gone hand in hand.  Summer begins with the first ocean swim and ends with the last ocean swim.  I have always marked my summers this way and have often stretched the end of the season into late October. When I lived two blocks from the beach I tried to swim after work every evening until I couldn’t bear the cold anymore.  Since the campers were born I try to get as much swim in as possible–but my nightly ritual has been replaced by stories and songs.  Not a bad deal at all!  Luckily for me,... Read More
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

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