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We are in Maine this week on vacation. I look forward to being by the ocean, although the weather this week has not been super-cooperative. There is something very meditative being by the ocean and listening to the waves lap the shoreline, watching the water ebb and flow and seeing the shoreline either slowly recede or grow depending upon the tide. It is peaceful. It makes one think of oneself and your place in the world. Gazing out upon the water, you cannot help but think about how inconsequential we are in the world. One of my favorite things is to walk along the shoreline, with the waves tickling your toes, enjoying the smell of the ocean air. Even better if it is done with company.
Yesterday we spent the day up in Kennebunkport, wandering around enjoying the shops and the sights. Today is a less than perfect day, misty and gray. A good day to set off and explore some area that we have not yet tackled.
I love the ocean but probably not for the same reasons that other people love the ocean. I think that it is relaxing and mesmerizing. I love the sound of the waves connecting with the beach. Looking out over the ocean it is very hard to feel full of yourself or sorry for yourself, because you are so insignificant in the great scheme of things. The ocean is humbling. Looking out over the vast expanse of the ocean it is hard to imagine that I count much and that my problems or worries or concerns are all that important to anyone but me. It reminds me not to take myself too seriously or to stress too much over things which are really not that important. The ocean is powerful; it doesn’t care who you are or where you fit into this world. All the money and power in the world cannot save someone who is caught in its fury or is disrespectful to its power. The ocean is a reminder that life is precious and short and can be swept away in the blink of an eye. Life is something to be cherished and enjoyed.
Eventually come to an end. As much as I’ve looked forward to vacation, I am also looking forward to going home. The boys…well, I’m guessing not quite as much. Coming home from vacation marks 10 days to the start of school. Yes, for those of you who have kids our schools open 8/25 way before Labor Day, which is technically their first long holiday weekend.
The house has been fun and the consensus I believe is that they would do it again (of course, they’re not paying for it). It’s quiet here, for the most part, we are well away from the hustle and bustle of Ogunquit and Route 1, but close enough to walk to it.
Today was the last full day of vacation – Tom and I snuck away to Ogunquit on the trolley for a nice walk, coffee on the ocean and lunch. Makes me think of our honeymoon, when there weren’t kids and what they wanted first and foremost in our minds.
The waves definitely kicked up for the last part of the week. The boys had a blast in the surf with the high waves. Here are some pictures. Tom’s mother and I had to keep retreating up onto the rocks due to the ferocity of the waves and the disappearing beach. All in vain however since we returned two drowned looking rats despite our best efforts.
We were fortunate that we missed the rain that hit most of the rest of the East Coast until this afternoon/evening. Due to the incoming weather, no one was allowed to swim in the ocean today so it was a good day to head up to Scarborough and Freeport and hit Cabela’s and LL Bean. We lunched at Pedro O’Hara’s (go figure) and had a pretty good day. We are relaxing now, enjoying our last evening at the campground. The boys were hoping for another campfire, but I don’t know if Mother Nature is going to let that happen. Guess we cannot complain, a night in the camper isn’t bad for the last night of vacation. We could have been stuck in here together all week, now that would have just been less than good.
We rented a 29 foot travel trailer from Travel Rite RV Rentals in Williston. They were fantastic, the unit was great and afforded us a really fun week away.
Here is a photo of the rig we rented, which was perfect for the 5 of us. We had two bedrooms, a pullout couch and another bed if we wanted or needed to convert the dining area (which we didn’t need). We decided upon Wells Beach Resort Campground as our destination (and especially since they had availability for our schedule). They were really nice and very together there. The campground was neat as a pin, well secured and provided plenty of fun…a mini golf course, heated pool and arcade as well as volleyball, basketball and playgrounds. The campground was right on the trolley stop so we were able to take the trolley to the beach and out to dinner and sightseeing, eliminating the need to drive everywhere. I highly recommend the place and this comes from a girl who had here doubts about what I considered “old people camping”. My first foray into RV camping was a really good experience and considering we had some less than ideal weather during our stay, it was nice to have a dry place to stay that wasn’t a hotel room.
The ocean was beautiful. I love the serenity offered by the sounds of waves crashing and being able to walk on the beach and smell the ocean air.
The boys enjoyed the ocean, boogie boarding and catching some rays. It was just a really nice time for all of us.