Thursday, October 2, 2014

Way Up High

Towards the end of August we planned a trip up to northern Maine. The attraction was a balloon festival.

We camped in Aroostook State Park. It was small, but very quiet and secluded. We hiked, and swam in the lake.

We visited the balloons the first night we arrived.

Because of the weather forecast we didn't get to see the mass ascension that they had planned. We did see a bunch of hot air balloons taking off at a distance though.

The real show came as night fell. They call it the 'Glow'. It was quite pretty.

Dean went up in one (it was tethered) with the girls.

The next day we went on a steep hike. Greta went all the way up with Dean. AnnMarie went pretty far up herself, and I stayed a little lower, but still high up.

The views were spectacular. Thank you AnnMarie for being braver than me and taking the camera up to get the perfect shot.

The yellow is either oats or barley. They don't only grow potatoes up north. They grow grains and broccoli.

This is a picture of Greta and Dean as they finally came into sight. While AnnMarie and I were waiting for them some vultures came around and started circling. We were a little freaked out by that. Were they waiting for us to perish?

We all made it down from the mountain very much alive. We know someone that lives way up there in Maine and we invited her to come to the campsite for breakfast. It was great to visit with someone we know while being so far away from home.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Apple Picking Time!

Yesterday we took a trip to Lemieux's Apple Orchard here in Vassalboro. The girls picked a whole bag a piece, and I picked up some seconds for applesauce and pies.

We had a little wagon ride around the orchard and a nice walk through their corn maze.

The corn was so tall. I think about 8 feet high.

I think the way the corn looks coming out of the ground is funny looking. Sort of like some of those trees in the Bayou.

We also saw the geese flying south. Very pretty and so cool to hear them honking away.

Monday, September 29, 2014

An Autumn Day at the Lake

Much of Maine had some pretty warm (hot in my opinion) temperatures this past weekend. Sensing this may be one of our last weekends to go to the lake, that is just what we did.

The trees are just starting to turn. Some more than others. The lake was so crisp and cool. The sky so blue. It was a beautiful fall afternoon.

There were not very many people at the lake. Summer is over for most people. I suppose it is over for me too, but on Saturday we were soaking it all up again.

There is no denying it though. The proof is in the color of the leaves. The proof is also in the cool temperatures that we are suddenly left with today. As the winds blew and the clouds came in the temps dropped about 25 degrees. I am sitting in front of a nice warm fire as I type this.

Good bye summer. Hello autumn. The memories of the warm, balmy, sun filled days will sustain us through another fall and winter. I am so glad we spent the day together relaxing and having fun in the sun.