Since the 4th we’ve been living it up, with an annual Fowler family reunion in NH lakeside, followed by seaside camping near Acadia. It was a long stretch of summer busy-ness, with just the right amount of relaxation.
We spent one morning biking the carriage trails in Acadia National Park, one day hiking in Southwest Harbor, and one day at Sand Beach and hiking the Beehive. It was the best sort of vacation where we had the time to do all of that, and still managed to spend hours sitting by the water just visiting with friends.
Juni and “Adele” our pop-up.
Saturday morning Rob and I hiked the Beehive trail with the kids. It is a .5 mile nearly straight up with iron rungs and grab bars for the most perilous areas. I had done the hike on my own years ago, before children, and was sure they were all up for the climb. They were. I was unprepared for the adrenaline rush and anxiety of watching my kids maneuver along open cliff edges, where a misstep could send them careening over the edge. They were way more chill than me.
Panorama from the top of Beech Hill in Southwest Harbor, taken with Rob’s iphone
Wylie on the fire tower
We camped at Mount Desert Island Campground in Southwest Harbor. This was our second year camping with friends here, and it just keeps getting better. This year our friends had a site on the rocks over looking the docks and Somes Sound. We all gathered at their site daily for meals and campfires while the kids crabbed and swam off the docks.
We braved the jelly infested waters of the bay and swam to “the lamb” a small rock outcrop 20 feet from the docks. It was the best place to practice leaps.
And now, home for the rest of the month with 2 birthdays, 2 camps, and all the rest, but still...home.