We visited family in Orono/Bangor, which includes relaxation, good eats, good shopping, long walks, and great conversation. Then we were lucky enough to stay at my cousins' recently converted barn on Mount Desert Island just down the road from Bar Harbor. And it was completely amazing. My watch stopped working, my phone died inexplicably, there were no screens and no wifi. Just the three of us, games, arts and crafts, food, and nature. The weather was obscene: warm fall days, crisp nights, clear skies, no rain, foliage popping.
I'd call it a retreat, only it felt more like paddling out to something very alive and ever present. We are grateful to have a home away from home up North, or Downeast as the case may be, and to return home anew.
|Red sailboat seen from a run on Route 3.|
|The magic barn.|
|Painting rocks and leaves.|
|Glad to know the art of the hardcover non-fiction is still alive.|
|The barn manages to be both austere and completely chic.|
|Making a wish at waterfront park in Bar Harbor.|
|More wishes at the fountain in the Village Green.|
|"Skipping" stones at Jordan Pond after popovers (and chicken tenders).|
|From the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia… A third cruise ship joined the next day!|
|Much needed family bonding and fun.|