Sunday, September 25, 2011

Maine Vacation 2011

It seems a lifetime ago now, but last month after the lovely wedding in Vermont, Dad hopped a plane back home (he had to work...) while Mom and I continued our drive North to our vacation spot in Houlton, Maine...we were to meet Gramma Mindy up there.

JustRichy was going to end up there for a few days as well, and he spent a lot of time playing with me, and swimming in the lake (Well...holding me in the water while HE swam in the lake...)

As always (or at least in the two times I have been there) Maine was full of exciting things to do! I spent a lot of time down by the dock with my pail and shovel. People seemed to enjoy my rendition of the "Bob the Builder" theme song that I kept singing during my time digging sand out of the lake and filling the bucket.

The only problem that one sometimes encounters is getting debris in one's sandals...this was not a huge problem, but certainly one that got uncomfortable pretty quickly.

Spending time down by the lake was essential...luckily this year, the family finally snagged a working boat, and we got to spend some time gliding around the lake in it...

This time around I was a bit happier because I fit into the life vest a bit better than last year and certainly better than my first year when you may recall me looking like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man (As seen HERE...)

As much as I asked nicely to drive the boat, and showed everyone that my skills were AT LEAST on par with Dad's (Who had been allowed to pilot the boat in the past) it was JustRichy that primarily drove us around the lake...

It was certainly a different way to experience the lake, and I enjoyed it. Something about the hum of the engine and being able to zip around the lake that just adds to the atmosphere...

Unfortunately, it was a rainy week this year. This led to it being a bit chilly, but luckily we had just left the DC-area heat wave, and this was a nice change of pace. Besides, at least I could bundle up after a dip in the lake, and enjoy my peaceful thoughts while sitting on the porch and gazing out onto the lake...Fortunately we certainly knew how to make the best of rainy days...

We spent a lot of time honing our painting skills while avoiding the rain...

And I got to treat everyone to my rendition of Winnie the Pooh, by walking around saying "Tut looks like rain..." (I have since moved up to singing "Singing in the Rain..." complete with the dance moves and the "Doo doo do doo doo" part....)

I spent my evenings (and naps) in the smaller cabin, and Mom was kind enough to take me back and forth in the rain as my "Umbrella Escort" She is a nice lady...

Don't wasn't all rainy, though....Mom and I spent a lot of time together, too...we took whatever chance we could get to swim (OK...she swam, I held on to her)

We also got to make friends with the ducks that always made their way to shore...they were really friendly, and we could tell that they were used to having people around...

When I sat at the table, they put a book on the chair to help me reach the table without using my high chair...I looked JUST like Curious George!!

There were lots of bubbles up there, and I chased them around the deck while Mom and Gramma Mindy blew bubbles for me! Elephant helped me chase the bubbles around...he is a good friend.

I also took it upon myself to pull the oars in away from the lake's edge when we weren't using was quite impressive that I was able to do so well when you consider the size/weight difference between me and the oars....but when I set my mind to doing something, you can bet that I'm gonna pull it matter the difficulty!



Man alive....look how saturated that ground is!!

Even though we didn't get out to Houlton Dairy this year due to the weather, I had the chance to get some ice cream while we were out traveling, so it wasn't a TOTAL loss....mmmmm!!

Truly a lovely (if a bit rainy) week in Maine....I can't wait to go up there next year!!


Gramma Mindy said...

I'm impressed with Daddy's valiant effort to wade through all Gramma Mindy's "out takes" on Mommy's camera.

The Dot said...

We enjoyed seeing ALL the pictures on the camera....though, Dad wanted me to rib you a little and say "We know who took which pictures." :-)

And really, if you take ten pictures, and 3 out of the 10 are was totally worth it. :-)