A Mid Summer Break

Picture 3026Picture 3036Picture 3063Picture 3032Picture 3060Picture 3045Just about mid-summer I get a call from my friend Sally. She has a little house that overlooks the pier in Stonington and asked me to take a ride up to check on things. “No, too busy”, I said, “Too much weeding, mowing, and transplanting to get away”. Thankfully, she is gloriously persistent about taking time away from all the work we do here and having a little adventure. Decision made…I’ll head to Stonington for an overnight. Rick will go north for a bit of brook fishing. Off we go, a much-needed break to explore and enjoy the beautiful woods and coastline of our great state.

how we roll.....packed up and ready to go in sally's old Morris

how we roll…..packed up and ready to go in sally’s old Morris

You won’t get any photos of Rick catching any monster brook trout. After all, when was the last time there were pictures do go along with the epic fish stories we always listen to…. you know, ‘the one that got away’.The camera went with me up the coastline. No fish or blackfly or campfire photos, but there was lobster and a beautiful view towards Isle Au Haut to capture. A day away, just what we needed.That Sally…she’s so smart! Picture 3077Picture 3089Picture 3095Picture 3111Picture 3130
....time to head back home.

….time to head back home.

Down East!

Picture 1412Once we hit the month of July, the nursery hours change just slightly. Instead of having only Mondays off, we begin having both Sunday and Mondays off. The nursery continues to bustle with activity throughout the rest of the week. We’re still potting new plants for the sales area, and the gardens…….well, there’s always work to be done there! Just before we turned the page on the calendar, I had said to my friend Sally, “we haven’t really taken an adventure in the Teardrop yet this summer”. The Teardrop trailer is a sweet little camping trailer Sally bought several years ago, outfitted it with all the accoutrements for traveling, and has become our mode of travel when we steal away on one of our adventures. ( before I go on, don’t feel bad for Rick who stayed home tending the farm, he and our boy Noah had their own plans for a couple of days off! ).

Sally's Teardrop trailer dubbed "the Rolling Scone"

Sally’s Teardrop trailer dubbed “the Rolling Scone”

So off we went, pulling the adorable teardrop behind us, heading Down East for some camping and picnics. The great thing about these little Teardrops is how easily they are to travel with. Unlike a big camping rig ( that just wouldn’t be our style), you can pull the Teardrop over at any ol’ place and set up for an amazing picnic lunch with a spectacular view. Of course, Sally and I have this adventure thing pretty well licked. Packed neatly into the camper are several old canvas camping chairs and tables, a small grill, pots and pans and skillets, everything one needs to make a cup of hot tea ( trusty Jet Boil), tin plates and cups and salad bowls, and a cooler full of carefully selected goodies. Our first stop? Prospect Harbor. Time for lunch. We pull over, set up, and start cooking. This time we even had a pair of park rangers drive by ( slowly) before coming back a third time and pulling in. Uh oh, we’re getting kicked out of our little scenic overlook. Nope, not the case. They were just so intrigued with the little Teardrop they had to come and check it out. Once they saw our lunch, they knew we had this adventure thing pretty well figured out. Lunch? Freshly grilled herbed foccachi ( we kept this in a bucket rising as we traveled), fresh local crabmeat, smoked salmon, seared sea scallops, homemade pesto, grilled summer squash and sliced tomatoes ( hauled from the garden) fresh mozzarella, Greek olives, and marinated artichokes. Oh, and tea. And a spectacular view of prospect Harbor. Not too shabby!Picture 1403Picture 1413
After lunch we continued on to Eastport. There we camped overnight, ate lobster, corn, and coleslaw, and then spent the evening watching a whale surfacing. The next day we cruised around Eastport, talked at great length with an amazing Eastport couple who drive around in a 1947 1 ton Woody bus, own their own Woody teardrop trailer, and live in the most spectacular tree house ever.
1947 Dodge 1 ton Woody bus

1947 Dodge 1 ton Woody bus

The best part was that they invited us over to actually tour the tree house. Let’s see? After we get the studio built…..hmm…..tree house? This could quickly go on a list! Perhaps a better project for Noah. Our Peter Pan son who I can most definitely see living in a tree house!Picture 1425Picture 1426Picture 1429Picture 1461
Just what I needed for a mid summer break. Time away with my dear friend, cruising the coast with the amazing teardrop, cooking up awesome food, and laughing a ton. Perfect!
At home, Rick and Noah spent their own “boy” time eating food that I probably don’t want to know about and having their own local adventure. I suspect this included a fishing rod.
Tuesday? We’re all well rested and happy to tackle our day. It’s always great to take a little time and relax. What should we do for our month of August adventure? Hmm.