Saturday, July 21, 2012

Goat Rock

Over spring vacation the kids and I and some friends decided to take a hike.  Our initial plan was to hike the 'waterfall trail' behind my in-laws but when we arrived Grandma told us the trail was in rough shape from the October storm. Nini confirmed that the trail was covered with downed trees and unhikable. She then told us that we should head over to Goat Rock which was right in the center of town. Who knew?!

Up we went on Goat Rock trail.

We weren't really sure which rock was Goat Rock.  The kids posed on this rock thinking we had found it....but in fact we had not. Higher up we went.

We came to a clearing and an absolutely glorious view.  Grandma's and Nini's houses were straight ahead.

We admired the view for a while and continued on a little while longer and then turned around.  We thought we had found Goat Rock at the Vista. We found out later that we never made it to Goat Rock.

The kids were pretty hot but happy to play in the stream.  We had a great day hanging and hiking with our friends!

Friday, July 20, 2012


That time of year came again around April Fool's Day....when I could escape my motherly duties without too much heartache or pain.  I don't get away much, but I was certainly ready for a getaway.  My friend's parents got a place of their dreams in their favorite spot on earth....Gooserocks Beach in Maine.  Karen and I happily packed up to go on Saturday evening, planning on staying for two nights....arriving home for the kids to get off the bus on Monday afternoon.

We got to our destination and stopped to enjoy a nice dinner.  We ate at a restaurant that was too familiar....a place that she and I had taken our combined six kids about six years prior one spring before school ended (Jack wasn't in Kindergarten yet).  It was a much more enjoyable dinner without booster seats and kids meals.

We got to the house, I got the quick tour and then we went to sleep. The only thing we had planned for our two days away was an afternoon pedicure. We had some coffee and then left for a walk on the beach. Karen was so excited to show me the place that she had been coming as a child. She always said it was beautiful, but I was not prepared for the glorious sights that morning.

The beach was stunning. It was low tide and the beach seemed to go on  forever.  There were amazing ripples left in the sand from the tide.  The sky was a glorious blue and I was in heaven.  We walked and walked until we couldn't walk anymore and had to turn around.

There were many people taking their dogs for morning walks.....almost all were golden retrievers. Some ran up to say hello. Most were very focused on fetching their balls. We met this handsome boy, Finn, when we stopped to watch him fetch his ball from the water.  He was such a amazing dog.

I didn't want our walk to end, but eventually it did. We had walked through most of the morning and missed breakfast.  We stopped for a snack, had our pedicures and then had a great lunch. After lunch we went to see The Hunger Games and then got home just in time to get ready for dinner. 

On our way out of town Monday Karen showed me some more of the sights, including a fishing pier.

Our escape to Maine was just what the doctor ordered before the craziness of spring!