Thursday, October 13, 2016

Family and Vacation

We have had some good family times and Howard and I also got to have a vacation.  First Daria spent about 10 days here while Laurie and Brett went to CO to see their new grandson.  We had a good time with her.  She is Laurie and Brett's youngest.  One night we each made our own pizzas.  

After Daria left we had a couple of days to get ready for our vacation before we got more company.  Matt, Amy, Abigail, Evelyn and Amy's parents stopped and spent a couple of nights on the way home from their vacation.
 Is there anything better than Grandpa reading a story to a grandchild?
Abigail and Grandpa
 Evelyn almost always has a smile on her face
The girls played upstairs while we were waiting to leave.  Amy's folks car had a flat tire so it had to be fixed before they left.
 We drove almost as far as Matt and Amy's house in northern KY and had lunch with them before we went our separate ways.
Abigail, Amy, Evelyn and Matt

Howard and I went on a vacation to Maine.  We have not been on a "vacation" in a long time.  Alaska is not a vacation for us, as much as we love going there.

These are just a few pictures from our trip.

We had been in the southern tip of Maine back in 2000, but wanted to explore it more.  Larry and Rachel have spent a lot of time there so they gave us some great tips on places to visit.

We saw this L.L Bean car going down the road in NY on our way to Maine.

 High on Larry's list was L.L. Bean store in Freeport, ME.  We did enjoy going there and we even bought a few things.
We did stay in Freeport two nights.  While there we visited a Shaker community in Sabbath Day Lake.  It is the only Shaker community that still has some Shaker's living there.
One evening we drove out to the port. It was so pretty.
One morning we had breakfast at this McDonald's.  It is in a historic home.
 It's not the usual McDonald's
I even talked to this man while I was there!!
This was one of four lobster rolls we had.  Oh my, they are so good!  Usually we would split them when we bought one.  My mouth is watering as I look at this picture.

 This lighthouse in New Bristol we could go up into.

 Coming down the stairs
The ocean view from up in the lighthouse
We did see a little color change, but we were too early for a lot of color.

This is the Penobscot Narrows Observatory that is up on this bridge.
We did go up to the top.
 Bridge from the top
 View from up top

It was quite fascinating!

 We visited Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, ME

We wanted to hear the thunder sound as the waves came in but we were not there during high tide.
This is another light house we saw, but could not go out to 
We love this style of house that we see all over New England.  Everything is connected.

We had another lobster roll at Corea Harbor one day.  It was one of the few days we needed a sweatshirt.

We rented a 100 year old house with friends of ours from CO.  We each traveled our own way during the day, but spent some time in the evenings together.
One of many churches we saw.

We drove over to Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada on one of the days.  This was the summer home of Franklin Roosevelt.  The island was very interesting.  Howard hiked out to a light house.  You can only go out to it when the tide is out.
 Howard has just climbed the stairs.

See the narrow stretch of land.  That is what Howard walked across to get up to the light house. At high tide, it is under several feet of water.
East Quoddy Head light house.

We visited Roosevelt's summer home.  It was very interesting to go through.
We drove back into the United States and saw this flag.  I've never seen one like this.

 This is the eastern most point in the US.  This is the West Quoddy Head light house.
We wanted to go back to Schoodic Point when the tide was up.  We had to do it in the morning. Wouldn't you know it was the morning we got rain!  But we did it anyway.  It was beautiful.
Howard, Ann, Steve and Vicki (our friends from CO) 
 The waves were awesome.

Notice the waves in the back ground.

 The secretary that Larry had for about 10 years is from this area of Maine.  Her folks invited us over for lunch and showed us around the peninsula.  This is their house. 
Vicki holding one of the lobsters that Jim trapped. 
Maggie and Jim were such gracious hosts.  Maggie made us a delicious chowder for lunch along with blueberry muffins and later blueberry pie.

 We drove down to Roque Bluffs State Park.  

It was a beautiful beach.

 It was time to say goodbye to our friends and to Maine.
Howard, Ann, Steve and Vicki

I love this with the shadows showing in the pic.  This is the house we stayed in.
Heart Sisters!
I love White Mountain Puzzles, so we stopped at their headquarters in NH.  I did pick up some puzzles to do this winter.
 One of four covered bridges we drove over 

 We stopped at King Arthur Flour headquarters in Vermont.  We had orders for things to pick up for Laurie, Larry and Erin along with some for us, too.
It is a very interesting place to visit. Wish we'd had more time to sample something in the bakery, but we got there just a half hour before closing time.

 The Old Vermont Country store was a walk down memory lane!!

In Vermont we also visited the Robert Frost home museum.

This is the first church in Vermont.  They still hold services here every Sunday.

This is the Bennington, VT Battle Monument.  We went up in the top of it also.  It is the tallest structure in Vermont.

That pretty much wraps up our vacation.  I have only put in a FEW pictures.  Maine is beautiful.  We would like to explore NH and Vermont a little more.
We drove to Erin and David's, west of Indianapolis.  We watched their kids while they attended a conference.

 Clayton's favorite position to read.
 McKenna and I worked on a sewing project

Colter finally had time to play a game one night.  He has lots of home work.

When we left their place we drove to northern KY to Matt and Amy's.  Matt had two days off while we were there.  That doesn't happen very often,  Saturday we went to a park in Cincinnati.  We parked in KY and walked across the bridge.  The park is along the river.

 Really neat slide the kids enjoyed
 When you step on the keys it plays the pipes
 The Flying Pig.  Abigail is up in the pig and Matt is making it move
 A water area.  As you pump the water it goes down different pipes
 The bridge we walked across
 The picnic tables are on a railroad track.  You can move them as needed for large or small groups.
The Cincinnati skyline in the background.
 Is there anything better than Grandpa reading?

Matt took us to the Ark Encounter on Sunday.  Abigail got to ride with us!!

 Howard and Ann with the Ark in the background

It was really interesting to go through. The exhibits were very well done.  I would highly recommend it for anyone in the area.

We stayed until sunset.  Matt has gotten some beautiful pictures of the sunset from there.

We said goodbye the next morning and we are back in TN!!

Matt, Abigail, Amy, Evelyn, Ann and Howard
It was a great vacation,  but as always, it's good to go and it's good to come home.

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