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August 17, 2014

The Maine Thing – part 1

Filed under: 66 Days of Summer,Travel — Karma @ 3:32 pm
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Days 51, 52 and 53 of summer were the beginning of my one week vacation to Hills Beach in Biddeford Maine. This was our 5th year returning to the little cottage on the beach known as “The Dollhouse”.
Path to cottage

After leaving the house bright and early Saturday morning, and successfully avoiding the worst of the highway traffic on our route north, we made our stops for supplies along the way. I’ve told you before about Yummies – this year was no exception for stopping at our favorite candy store. I also grabbed a pint of (expensive! $7!) wild Maine blueberries at a roadside stand.
Wild Maine blueberries
(didn’t think to take a picture until after helping myself to a few handfuls!)

We arrived at the cottage after doing our grocery shopping and unpacked the car. Low tide greeted us at the beach.
Low tide at Hills Beach

I was happy to spend the last hours of the day in a beach chair reading after the work for the day was done.
Ending of a long day

I found myself awake shortly after sunrise on Sunday morning with beautiful light streaming in my window.

After starting to read a most appropriate book with my breakfast,
I was off on my morning walk – my preferred way of starting each day on vacation.

The afternoon brought beach time with my family.
Enjoying my girls' company on the beach

On Monday morning’s walk, I brought the Canon along with me.
I found
ducks enjoying the beach

the closest (unfortunately) view I would have for the week of my friend the blue heron

and that strange marker with fortune-telling graffiti on it once again. The last time I took a picture of this marker it said, “Life is a gift” – a message I definitely needed to hear at the time. I found it pretty cool that it seems to say “Everything adventurous” now at a time in my life when I am trying to find the next big adventure!

More to come in the Maine editions of the 66 Days of Summer.


  1. This looks like SO MUCH fun! Life is a gift…how many times do we need to hear this message? 🙂

    Comment by Kathy — August 17, 2014 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

    • It was mostly a very relaxing trip. Always a good message to hear.

      Comment by Karma — August 18, 2014 @ 8:03 am | Reply

  2. I would love to go to Maine one day—it looks beautiful!

    Comment by Kate — August 17, 2014 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

    • Just the tiny bit of Maine that I have visited is so beautiful, and there is so much more of the state that I’ve never seen.

      Comment by Karma — August 18, 2014 @ 8:04 am | Reply

  3. Beautiful post Karen..love this place. So the message on the rock changes every year? The pictures are amazing of the islands. Such a nice low tide walk.

    Comment by trish49 — August 17, 2014 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know how often the graffiti changes, lol! I think that “Everything” has been there for a while.

      Comment by Karma — August 18, 2014 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  4. We had a little bit of everything as far as the weather went, I don’t know about you but I like it that way ~ makes for interesting photos. I’ve read that book, what did you think? It didn’t have a lot of “Maine” in the book, I was hoping for more.

    Comment by Becky Sue — August 18, 2014 @ 7:44 am | Reply

    • I would have liked the temperatures to be just a wee bit warmer since I usually try to plan to spend as much time as possible on the beach!
      I liked the book, but you are right, the actual references to familiar things in Maine are few.
      Will you be writing up some Maine posts too?

      Comment by Karma — August 18, 2014 @ 8:07 am | Reply

      • I will! I did add a couple pics to Flickr but I have hundreds more. 🙂

        Comment by Becky Sue — August 19, 2014 @ 10:26 am

  5. I love the fortune-telling rock! “Everything adventurous” is a wonderful message. It looks like a wonderful vacation. I’ve added that book to my wish list. Sounds good. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — August 18, 2014 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. The book is interesting – it is a family story told from the point of view of 3 generations of women, each one a little crazy in her own way!

      Comment by Karma — August 18, 2014 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  6. […] that normally, I’d be headed back to Maine a few weeks later for my own family vacation on Hills Beach. Last year, however, the cottage we have been renting there for several years was sold to a new […]

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