It's early morning on Sunday. (Happy Father's Day!) And most of my "woods" are sleeping. Only Sugar Maple is up, having breakfast and reading. I've been up for almost 3 (productive) hours. The chickens and ducks are out-and-about. There's laundry on the line. Macaroni for pasta salad is cooling in the frig. Hard-steamed eggs are sitting in an ice bath. Idahoes are boiling. And dishes are starting to pile up as I work on getting our camping grub prepared. It's quiet, except for Opal and Olive, our Pekin ducks, quacking outside and the fish tank bubbling away.
A perfect time for a breather and to share with you our week with my family. I grew up on a small island off the coast of Maine. It's a fishing village of several tiny towns and a population about about 2000. My Dad as been a lobsterman for 44 years. And we've all worked at "sternmen" aboard his boat over the years. (My "sternman" experience was brief...I kept getting motion sick on the boat!) We reach the island via a 80-plus-year-old suspension bridge and a sandbar causeway.
We spent a lot of time at the rocky beach, playing in the Atlantic Ocean and salty breeze with seagulls squawking overhead and a lighthouse nearby sounding its warning.
|Sugar Maple's Sand Castle|
|Enjoying the Shade|
|Playing in Briny Mud Flats at Low Tide|
|Cousin Noodle Thinks Mud is Fun|
|Balsam Fir Burying in Truck in the Sand|
|Taking a Breather|
|Seaweed Hiding Fun Animals|
|Crabs from Under the Seaweed|
|Pebbles Along the Beach|
We enjoyed seeing lots of blooming flowers.
We took a 2 mile hike up B__ H__ Mountain on a warm, sunny day...and almost got carried off by little black flies. But the view was great!
|On Our Way|
|Interesting Lines on a Dead Tree|
|Cooling Down in the Evergreen Shade|
|My Sister with Cousin Noodle|
|Look! White Pine DID Go on this Trip|
|View from the Top|
|View from the Top|
We played with Mom's 3 2-week-old Cuckoo Maran chicks. Marans lay chocolate-brown colored eggs. We tried talking her into letting us take them home, but it didn't work. LOL
We had ice cream from local drive-ins!
|Whoopie Pie Sundae|
And now it's time for me to get back to cooking and baking...and laundry. Tomorrow we're off with friends on our first camping trip of the season!