Thursday, August 20, 2015

Throwback Thursday-The Return Trip

Can you call it a throwback if it happened only twenty days ago?

I like to make my own rules here in blogland so the answer is yes. The thing is, I was looking through my draft file and found some pics from our trip back to NJ from Canada via Maine before we moved to South Carolina, and who doesn't want to hear about that?

When last we spoke (on this topic) hubs and I were in Prince Edward Island for a friend's daughter's wedding. We didn't get to stay on PEI nearly long enough, because we needed to move south, but we did manage an overnight in St. John, N.B, and then two nights at our friend's house in Maine.

I was never interested in Maine as a kid, or even as an adult until more recently. I've known people who vacation there every summer, but in my mind Maine was too far north and far too chilly and the beaches were rocky and the water frigid, and none of that sounded like summertime fun to me.

I was so wrong.

I mean I was correct in that it is far, far north and it's chilly compared to say Florida, and yes the beaches are rocky and the water cool by southern standards, but somehow those factors combine to make for a super relaxed, outdoorsy, creation-is-so-unbelievably-amazing, kind of place that speaks right to my soul.

Oh and there's a lighthouse. Don't you just love a beautiful lighthouse? We spent a few hours one day, walking the coastal trail around the Portland Head Light and the scenery is absolutely stunning. 

Hubs and our friend climbed down onto the beach and skipped rocks, because the sea was calling.

There's a technique to skipping stones and hubs has it mastered.

Pretty sure it's all in the wrist. 

We had dinner one night at the local lobster pound, and fresh lobster never ever disappoints. Hubs had a whole lobster, they called it a newbie, which meant the shell could be cracked by hand-no tools required. 


Normally eating lobster is a fairly messy proposition (at least if you're me it is), with bits of shell flying, and butter dripping and splashing, but this was so much better. You didn't need a shower when you finished. 

I'm not the only one am I? 

Maine is full of some of the most beautiful views on planet Earth. I see why authors like Maine. It's mysterious. Nature looms large here, a character in the play of life. The sea crashes with great drama along the rocky, rugged shoreline, but the cool night air is soft and whispers in your ear...slow down.....breathe deeply...sit for a while.  

Maine, as it turns out, understands summer very well.


  1. Maine is on my bucket list..I hope sooner than later! Lovely shots..not a lobster eater but my DH super it would be to eat fresh. Have a great day!

  2. Skipping rocks is an art form. You're right about it being in the wrist. The more you can make the rock spin, the more it will skip. And if think Maine is beautiful you should come to Cape Breton Island. It's only a couple hours past PEI and twice as nice as Maine :) Beautiful pictures!

  3. Great post, Joyce. Pics are great. The Mister and I are planning on spending some quality time in Maine this Fall. Have a great weekend!

  4. You're not the only one who gets messy when eating lobster. DH wants to visit Maine, but I've been reluctant because as you said "too far north and far too chilly and the beaches were rocky and the water frigid". But you're helping to convince me that perhaps we should do Maine after all.

  5. We visited this lighthouse a few years ago while on a bus tour, "fall leaf peeping." Thanks for the memories.

  6. Yes, it's a little cooler here in the north, but there's something special about needing a jacket or sweater at night in the middle of the summer. It's just a cozy feeling :-)

  7. Absolutely beautiful!! Hubby and I need to go there someday, for sure!

  8. Charlie and I plan on taking a road trip next summer and Maine is on it!

  9. haha. second blog post today featuring lobster I want lobster.

  10. Your words always paint such a realistic picture, Joyce. I could almost hear the waves breaking on the rocky shore. Great photos too. Thank you for sharing. I've never had an interest in New England. Maybe I should rethink that!!

  11. I agree with Terri D. I love reading your posts you just flow, I feel like I am there with you! I really think you need to write a book, or for a travel magazine. Love this post and your pictures are beautiful!

  12. I have never had fresh lobster. It looks like it would be fun to eat and wonderful to the taste buds.
    I enjoyed your, it is all in the wrist. I can not skip rocks and my husband is a pro as well. ;-)

  13. You make me want to jump on a plane and go to Maine. It looks so beautiful!!!

  14. I've barely ventured into Maine--mostly a matter of going in to say I'd been and going to get some lobster--but it's on my listen of states I'd like to explore in greater depth. Your post has made the argument for doing so all the more convincing.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  15. Our new son-in-law is from Maine. There's is truly a " North meets South" love story - a guy from Maine loves a girl from Louisiana. Our daughter fell in love with Maine when she visited in the Summer but said she could NEVER handle their winters.