Once upon a time Daniel brought me to Camden, Maine and asked me to marry him on the schooner Appledore. I said yes and the rest is history…
Ten years later we are back with our boys. It’s amazing how much you can forget about a place in a few short years, or after having a few (a lot of) children. So much of Maine we are experiencing again like it was the first time and it is amazing.
Some of our favorite experiences have been searching for sea glass on the gorgeous rock beaches of Owl’s Head, Belfast, Pemaquid Point and Camden. The boys love climbing the rocks, building forts looking for crabs and building “boats” and floating them to “islands.”
Nine Years of Marriage!
To celebrate our 9 year wedding anniversary, we were able to find the exact boat that we got engaged on and we sailed on it again with the boys in tow. I will have to say, it was a much more relaxing ride the first time! The kids were climbing all over everything and being so loud, but thankfully no one seemed to be too bothered by it. Thanks to my mom, Daniel and I were able to get away by ourselves for a couple of hours. We had dinner at the restaurant we ate at the night we got engaged, walked around town and then ate ice cream by the harbor.
One of my favorite things about Maine is the weather. It has been in the 70s the entire time we have been here. At night we sleep with the windows open! I think if it weren’t for the winters here, I would be ready to move!
The house we are staying in is pretty great too. We are staying in a 3 story airbnb home that was built in the 1800s. It has been almost completely renovated and is stocked with everything we could need. The kids have their own floor of the house that they have enjoyed playing games and hanging out in. The house is decorated so nicely that I have been nervously shuffling things around so the kids don’t mess with or break them. I hope I can remember where everything goes when we check out!
We are only a couple of blocks from town center and we walk there most days. There are lots of cute shops and restaurants, a library which we also go to every couple of days, and of course the harbor. For the 4th of July, we walked to town and watched a fireworks show over the harbor. They also have Monday night movies on the lawn, but we have yet to make it to one. Most days we are completely beat and crash into bed by 9pm.
Camden is a pretty small town but it is close to lots of other places so we often take drives to check out the other beaches and towns. One day last week we stopped in Belfast for the day and the boys each found a rubber duck hidden around the harbor. They were so excited to have a rubber duck, and I was thrilled to later find that each duck had a $50 gas card attached to it! With all of the driving we are doing this summer, that was like winning the lottery.
Over the weekend we took a trip to Bristol Maine to check out the Pemaquid Point lighthouse again. It has to be one of the most picturesque places I have ever been. The waves crash up on the huge rocks and the water is so clear. On one side you can walk down to a rock beach area where people have built lots of amazing creations from the rocks. Of course our guys had to make a fort 🙂
We have 4 more days in Camden and then we will be going to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park for a week!