Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air...

Thank you, Emerson, for reminding us what is important in life.  You really got it, didn't you.

We just returned from a week in Southern Maine.  We spent our mornings and afternoons at the ocean, where we searched the tide pools for sea life.  Amelia had one hope for this trip...that she would see a real starfish.  She sure got her wish.

In between visits to the ocean, we explored the towns of Southern Maine:  Wells, Ogunquit, and York.  We saved Old Orchard Beach, Saco and Kennebunkport for another trip.  The southern coast of Maine is very touristy, but in a good way.  It was fun to walk through the bustling crowds of people as we visited shops and explored the local attractions.  We ate lots of great food, including fabulous lobster rolls, which I always enjoy. 

The kids had so much fun running through the waves, and we returned home fully exhausted and completely happy.  The car was full of sand, our suitcases were full of wet bathing suits, and our bellies were full of great food.  All signs of a successful vacation, don't you think?

Maine is one of my favorite places on earth, and I always feel a little sad leaving.  Each time we visit, Paul and I talk about moving there someday.  This time, I even went online and began searching for community college teaching positions in Maine.  Alas, it's not in the cards for us at this point, but maybe someday...


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