Maine, 2013

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Last week we rented a car and a tiny cottage and drove up to spend a few days on the coast of Maine with Aunt Mary and Ahad. I think I could have stayed a month. We were about a half mile walk to a private beach, which was fantastic.

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Simon got to throw rocks into the water and build and smash sand castles and dig in the tide pools. He wasn’t a fan of the surf or the ocean.

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Despite the not-so-great forecast we had fantastic weather. Sunday morning we went out on a whale boat. I was a little concerned about a 2 year old confined on a boat for 5 hours, but Simon did great!

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He slept in the Kinderpack for the trip out and woke up just as we sighted the first whale. Then he was all about looking for the whales.

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And the water fountain (spout) and the “big bump” (the whale back surfacing). Mostly we followed the same Finback for a couple of hours, but we saw some Menke whales too. Perfect morning.

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I ate a lobster. Simon stole Mary’s rum raisin ice cream cone and ate the whole thing.

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On our last morning we took a final beach walk in pjs. We built our only “real” sandcastle and then watched the ocean take it back as the tide was still coming in.

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On our way out of town we stopped at a little cafe for french toast and eggs. You can see how much sun and fun Simon got.

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Really an ideal getaway. I want to go back.

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And for the grandparents – the rest of the pictures:

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