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27 Mar
Planning that Vacation? Let a State Park Surprise Your Family…

Planning that Vacation? Let a State Park Surprise Your Family…

National Parks get a whole lot of attention and rightfully so. They are (across the board) breathtaking and phenomenal experiences, and one of the highlights of our national heritage. State Parks don’t get as much exposure, but over the last four years they have become a foundational part of our family travel. In general, state parks can be more accessible and affordable, offering wonderful hiking, fishing, canoeing, and swimming without the crowds that many of the national parks attract. Two summers ago we set off for a 16 day jaunt... Read More

The Road Not Taken: My Imagined Life as A Communist

So Diver Ed was a blast, but we got off the boat in sore need of some facilities and some grub. The boat tour departs from the College of the Atlantic–what you haven’t heard of it?–a small liberal arts school with an environmental focus in Bar Harbor, Maine. We wandered into the Dorr Museum on campus, desperately searching for a bathroom. Instead we found the most stunning, touching taxidermy exhibit I have ever seen. Caught you off-guard on that one, right? I am dead (ha-ha) serious. The individual exhibits, all created by... Read More
05 Sep
Diver Ed: Why doesn’t this guy have a reality show?

Diver Ed: Why doesn’t this guy have a reality show?

Most parents would acknowledge that, in terms of post-childbirth lifestyle choices, we undergo a vicious battle within our souls.  Will we be the kind of parents for whom everything changes and we just roll over, play dead, and forget that such a thing as a movie theater even exists until Scooby Doo: Revenge of the Mystery Machine is released and we take our brood there for a birthday bash at 10:30 am? Or will we be those uber-hip parents for whom absolutely nothing changes and babysitters are a dime a dozen and bar-hopping until 2 am... Read More
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
23 Aug
Six Miles? No Problem! (Listen for the Laughter of the Gods)

Six Miles? No Problem! (Listen for the Laughter of the Gods)

So I was all juiced up on our first hiking experience with the boys, and the next day I was having one of those ‘Mama rocks’ moments that comes on the heels of events such as sleeping through the night for the first time since giving birth, cleaning out your basement, or getting to work on time with no visible stains on your clothing. This particular Mama Rocks moment manifested itself in the proclamation that “Of course we can do six miles. Yesterday was a breeze. And the boys loved it. And they fell asleep in the... Read More

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