Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Postcards from Maine

Greetings from Maine!

I hope you guys are all doing well.  We've been having a great time, save that I swam through a bunch of lily pads the other day--this was not intentional--and managed to pick up an annoying case of Swimmer's Itch.  It's right on my head!  

It's been driving me crazy.  Seriously.  Because of all the damned ducks up here.

Anyway, we've had a good time, especially yesterday, when we accidentally went on a much longer bike ride than intended.  It was perfect for me, but the pour kids pooped out a bit somewhere around Mile 15.  It's always that one last, unexpected climb.  Still, they were troopers, climbing something like 700 feet at the start over the course of nearly seven miles of unbroken inclines.  Honestly, that first stretch was mindbogglingly long, especially since we had no idea where we were or how much further we had to go before we hit the apex.

Three cheers for map reconnaissance.

We thought this was near the top.  Then we climbed another three miles.
Needless to say, it was a nice, long descent.

Anyway, we've hiked some and biked a lot, and I've swum a few miles in Green Lake.  All of which has been wonderful.  Word to the wise, though: don't swim with the ducks unless you're prepared to pay the price.

That price is... itchy.

I put some pics after the jump.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen some of these.  Others are new.  Hope you like them.
This boulder got in the way on the ascent up Gorham Mountain.
Sally picked it up and tossed it aside, Hulk-style.
The Bowl is a mountain pond nestled in a crag below Gorham Mountain.
Looking south from the summit of Gorham Mountain.

The rocks near Thunderhole.
Obligatory couple-selfie from the lower slopes of Gorham Mountain.
View of the Frenchman's Bay from the rocks near Thunderhole.
Green Lake from the cabin's back deck.
Jordan Pond from the 2nd floor observation deck.
My beautiful bride this morning, drinking coffee.
We've been perking it old school.  It's an art.
That's all, folks.  See you this weekend!

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