Thursday, August 12, 2010

How we Spent our Summer Vacation

We spent a little over a week and a half splitting our time on lakes and in mountains in the Poconos, Pennsylvania and Portland/Oxford, Maine. I think I am one of those people who loves both the mountains and the beach, but this summer's mountain/lake vacations were SO relaxing and peaceful. There sure is something to be said for the beauty and stillness of nature, and it really does the soul good.

Most of our days consisted of sleeping until awoken by the sunshine (we didn't have one day of rain!), sipping 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning, and then changing out of our pajamas and into our swimsuits for a day of soaking in the sun, reading, and swimming/pontooning. We snacked for lunch, and when the sun had set, drank wine and played games while slowly preparing dinner and eating late. Followed by an evening campfire, filled with more games (our family likes to play Trivial Pursuit around the fire), sometimes with marshmallows and s'mores.

My parents joined Rob and I, and Rob's mom, in the Poconos at Rob's family's cabin on Lake Watawga for a long weekend. Other than the activities mentioned above, we got in our exercise by stacking 2 cords of firewood in preparation for the winter (one cord = about 300 logs), went kayaking, peddle boating, and canoeing... and had a delicious meal out at Smuggler's Cove. Oh, and we went to the annual Mt. Pocono carnival on our last night there after our friends Meg and Matt joined us... Meg won a game of BINGO and a fish, which promptly died overnight.  Nice knowing you, Olivia (the name of the fish).

On our first day in Portland, ME, after being picked up from the airport by Rob's aunt and uncle, we headed to see some lighthouses, have a picnic lunch, and hike around for a bit to explore. We did some window shopping in Portland, had dinner (delicious fish & chips & onion rings and blueberry wheat beer at The Porthole), and headed to Jenny and Joe's cabin on Thompson Lake in Oxford, ME.

Here are some shots of our travels:

bark? guess again...
huge stone rocks that looked like wood... amazing
Portland Head Lighthouse, the oldest in the U.S., commissioned by George Washington
Jenny, Joe, and Robin (Rob's mom)
goofy sisters
nothing like the view at the summit...
cousin Lauren and her boyfriend, Ross
cousin Paul, rockin' out!
an attempt at a family photo

It was a vacation I won't soon forget!
How did you spend your lazy days of summer?


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