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Bald Head Cliff

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    • Day 8

      Escapism is not always therapeutic.

      July 9, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Most things in life are a double edged sword, including not having a destination. Flowing freely with the open road is romantic, but Thursday at 1PM we left Boston and did not know what road to take.

      Nova Scotia via a ferry from Bar Harbor, Maine was loosely our plan last week. But we decided on the fly to cut the Maritimes out of our trip (simply too much driving) and Bar Harbor suddenly seemed unnecessarily far northeast.

      We picked a highway and drove for a few hours, the kids slept and at 4PM we stopped in Augusta, Maine for food and a riverside playground. Two hours later we were replenishing our snack coiffures at the Augusta Target and still did not know where to go. Not having a destination stopped feeling like the perfect escape.

      My friend Liane travels to Maine every year. She fortuitously returned my call during our listless Augusta stop. Without flinching she said go to beaches of York or nearby Ogunquin, Maine - BUT - she warned, getting accommodations could prove difficult. We would be driving back towards Boston and York was entirely sold out. We had nowhere else to go. We raided Target’s beach toy aisle, bought a cooler and hit the road. At 10PM we arrived in Ogunquin - 1h22 north of where we had started the day in Boston.

      I am writing this from a seaside resort situated between York and Ogunquin. Liane told me about it. We snagged the last available room - an unnecessarily palatial 2 bedroom oceanfront suite. Liane’s local knowledge arms us for our days and she graciously doles advice out real time.

      We had planned to hit a beach today but the kids are happily playing together in an infinity pool overlooking the ocean; Mel is enjoying what she described as one of the best drinks she has ever had from the poolside bar; and I think Eleanor just learned to swim. In this moment, eschewing timetables is working for us again.

      It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshiny day.
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    • Day 11

      Salt water cures everything

      July 12, 2022 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Maine has a slogan - “The Way Life Should Be”. We laughed at how smug the welcome sign was crossing state lines. I can attest Maine is certainly the way a summer vacation should be. The beaches are lovely, the towns are charming and the area abounds with enough activities, shopping and saltwater taffy to satisfy all. We met dozens of people who come here annually for their summer vacation, including my friend Liane and her extended family.

      Spending time around the beach we established there are three types of vacationer: beach people (sand, salt water, Tommy Bahama chair), lake people (rock, fresh water, Muskoka chair) and pool people (concrete, heated salt water and lounge chair). Good ice breaker question that could get contentious. As people who inherently dislike sand and dirt, Mel and I (and almost certainly Eleanor) are pool people. Malcolm remains flexible and announced proudly today: Mom, I love the beach! Time will tell. If Malcolm turns out to be a beach person I will happily return to Maine year after year.

      York, Maine is a special place. Ogunquit, Maine appears equally special. If an idyllic seaside vacation is on your bucket list write these down. Come in July, book ahead and don’t bother going to Augusta first because there are lots of beach shops in town where you can get the chair, cooler and toys to prepare. Even if not completely, you will look the part. Visit Cliff House, either as accommodations or for a lobster roll and to take in the sweeping views.

      It is 11PM. Kids are asleep and we are exhausted after a full day of sun and sand. Malcolm is meeting his friend Kieran at the pool in the morning while we pack and back out of our room. There is no destination tomorrow. We will take a highway leading northwest toward Montebello, Quebec. I expect to sleep in Vermont or the Eastern Townships.

      Seas the day.
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