What we did on our summer vacation

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Hard to believe summer is gone and we are already into fall. Each year while we were in school we had to write what we did on our summer vacation. Because we want to still feel young (but perhaps not be back in school), you will get to read about our summer of 2019.

This was our first summer in our new home on the coast of Maine (or Downeast Maine as it is commonly referred to.) It was a big adjustment for us going from the large house to a small condo. On the plus side, cleaning the house is a lot easier.

We had lots of rain at the beginning which, of course, brought out the bugs–mosquitoes, black flies, and gnats. They made it difficult for trying to do any kind of outside activity. We didn’t get the ticks up here as was prevalent in some areas. Good for Shelby and for us.

There are a lot of beaches on the coast with some nice hikes leading into the beach. So we explored many of these beaches.

One of the Cutler storms brewing. Unfortunately, we got caught in some pouring rain before we got back home.


Bog Brook Cove is a great hike and as most Maine beaches, it is mostly rocks. They are very smooth and great colors. It looks as if they have been in a tumbler for days. I loved the green moss color on these rocks.

Bog Brook Cove


Here are some other hikes we did this summer.

Moose Cove


Another view of Moose Cove


This Bold Coast trail is quite popular and has some great views. Lots of mosquitoes when we went.


This is a view near Schoodic (part of Acadia National Park). This is after the hurricane passed by and the waves were quite high. This is a place where we used to camp at Ocean Wood Campground. Hoping someday they will open it up again.


Rogue Bluffs State Park


West Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec is a nice place to spend some time. There are trails following the coast. A little confusing to be called West Quoddy Light since it is located on the most eastern point of the continental United States.

West Quoddy Head Light. This is a different view than I usually get.


Coast Guard Trail at West Quoddy Light.


West Quoddy Light is in the United States and East Quoddy is in Canada. We are close to Canada and took a day trip to East Quoddy Light on Campobello Island.

You have to go at low tide to get close to East Quoddy Light.


One of our extended trips in our motorhome this year was to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. A great time visiting friends and seeing some new sites.

View of Miramachi River.  A beautiful view from the house and a great visit with Ken and Sheilah.


Shelby and John relaxing on the deck at Ken and Sheilah’s.


Next stop was over to Prince Edward Island. To access the island you go over the Confederation Bridge which is over 8 miles. The first time we went over this bridge, it was so foggy we couldn’t see anything. This time we had beautiful weather and it was a great bridge to cross.

We spent a few days with Debbie and Percy. They were great hosts taking us all over the island. They are renovating an old schoolhouse into their home. Lots of work involved but they have done a great job.

John, Will and Percy.


Deb and Annie.


North Rustico, PEI



French River. Loved the colors of the houses in this town.


Our next travel spot was Nova Scotia. We stayed at many provincial parks and some national parks on our stay there. We covered about 1400 miles on this trip. Here are just a few pictures from our travels.

Kejimkujik Seaside. A beautiful walk around this area.


Kejimkujik River. I liked the color in the water.


Amherst Shore


Thomas Raddall Park


We stayed home about a week after this trip and then headed on to Vermont. This trip we visited Ron and Lisa and Kris and Joanie. Kris and Joanie were very accommodating and invited us to park our motorhome at their place in St. Albans. Lots of fun and great company.

Lisa, Joanie, Ron, John and Kris on a hike in St. Albans.


View from our St. Albans hike.


Other than the two longer trips, we did go camping locally a few places. One of our last camping trips was at Lamoine State Park where there was a beautiful sunset.


We had a hummingbird feeder outside our house and I was able to catch a hummingbird getting some supper. You have to be quick to catch a picture of them. They don’t like to hang around long.


In case you are wondering if we did any work this summer, here’s a picture to prove that at least John is working.

John painting the pickleball court. He also painted all the benches in the community as well.


That concludes our summer. We leave Oct. 9 for a 3-week travel to Arizona where we will be spending the winter. Here is a map of our route for this trip.


Hope you had a good summer as well. Let us know what exciting adventures you had.