Summer Road Trip 2013

Wow! Sorry for the somewhat unexpected long blog hiatus. The last two months have flown by and I am adjusting to “being on the other side” of all the craziness. I have been talking about “the other side of the craziness” for a while now and I knew things would slow down on “this side.” That being said, it is taking a bit to realize that I am on “the other side” now. Anyway, enough of what side I am on. More about life lately.

Scott and I got back about a week ago from a two-week road trip vacation in the Northeast! The last week of school (the week before we left) was a blur including, but not limited to, the following: Memorial Day weekend in Chapel Hill with grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousin, laundry, packing, haircut, bridal shower for some coworkers, a wee bit of sleeping, and some more packing. On Saturday morning we got up really early and hit the road at 6:00 for New York! We arrived 14.5 hours later at our friends’ house in Niskayuna. That day was the hottest day I think we have seen this year – we saw a sign that reported 94 degrees – and Scott’s car does not have air conditioning. Luckily the next day was much cooler! We spent two and a half days touring around the Capitol District and doing some much needed hanging out. It was a wonderful way to start our vacation!

Gia and I, after over a year of not seeing each other, matched upon our reunion without having planned it. This happens to us regularly.

Gia and I, after over a year of not seeing each other, matched upon our reunion without having planned it. This happens to us regularly.

Beat friends!

Hudson River antics.

On Tuesday, late morning, we drove to Scott’s parents house for a night and headed up to Maine the next morning. We spent a couple of days doing Maine things – eating seafood, walking on the beach, having campfires, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, going to Freeport and LLBean, eating more seafood, and enjoying the quiet time together. Maine is one of those places that just feels special and we love it.

Cape Porpoise.

Cape Porpoise.

Cape Porpoise Sunset

Because moose.

LLBean Boot

Casco Bay, Portland, ME

We spent the last few days of our trip in Massachusetts at Scott’s folks house. His mom and I went to Ikea on Saturday (a first for both of us) and spent most of the day there. The other days were mostly lazy days spent around the house. Scott and his dad did a bunch of work on his car, which was necessary for the fact that we were counting on it for our trip home. Monday evening we got to see Scott’s older brother for dinner and delicious ice cream. On Tuesday we went for a short trip to Rhode Island to visit Scott’s cousin, her husband, and their sweet new baby! We got to see his aunt and uncle there too. It was wonderful to visit with them and meet the newest member of the family!

They were right ...

They were right …

Scott working on his car.

Thursday morning we loaded up the car and hit the road to Pennsylvania! Seven hours later we arrived at our stop for the night with some friends. Friday morning we drove ten hours back home!

Welcome to NC!

It felt absolutely incredible to arrive home again. We had so much fun on our trip, and we are grateful for safe travels, fun adventures, and such wonderful friends and family! Now we are on “this side of the craziness.” It feels good.

Maine!

We spent the latter part of the weekend up in Maine! Let me tell you all about it!

Sunday, May 20, 2012: We drove up to Maine and visited some of our favorite places in Freeport, ate at Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern, and sipped iced coffee from Coffee by Design on the porch of the LLBean Home Store. The weather in Maine was absolutely gorgeous – bright and sunny, warm, with just enough cool breeze.

Just outside, by the boot, there was a very animated woman from the Center for Wildlife holding a Great Horned Owl!!! All of the photos of her that I took she’s making kind of a funny face. She told us all about the Great Horned Owl, showed us a California King Snake, an Eastern Screech Owl, and a Box Turtle (that was over 40 years old). She even demonstrated the calls of various owls! All of the animals were rescued and she called them the ambassadors for those species.

After we spent some time in Freeport, we drove up to Brunswick and Bath to look around a bit, and then back down to Portland. We walked around in the Old Port for a while, went down one of the piers to see the water, and ate dinner at Gritty McDuff’s.

After dinner we kept heading south to Goose Rocks Beach where we popped our tent on the porch of the house, went for a walk down Kings Highway, and crashed for the night.

Monday, May 21, 2012: After a night of sleeping with the sound of crashing waves, we woke up with the sun poring into our tent. It was glorious! We ate a little diner called All Day Breakfast, spent the morning walking on the beach and relaxing. Went to Cape Porpoise to the Cape Pier Chowder House for some lunch, and spent the afternoon doing some more relaxing and walking on the beach. It was an absolutely beautiful day! Then we packed up the car and went to Federal Jack’s for dinner before heading back to Massachusetts. We had an absolutely wonderful weekend in Maine! So glad we were able to make it up there.