Saturday, August 2, 2008


When we were in Maine, I learned the literal truth of two common phrases:  “I walked my b-- off” and “biting off more than you can chew.”

The latter phrase really happened when I was eating an apple.

The former phrase kinda happened.  A common lament from a certain person (that would be me) on this trip was, “I thought I was going to GAIN weight on this vacation!”  Instead, I lost 2 pounds, in spite of enjoying good eating such as ice cream almost everyday.

Here are directions for visiting Acadia National Park:

1.     Buy a book called Easy Hikes of Acadia National Park.
2.     Choose Easy Hike # 13 (of 15), which allows you to huff and puff up a boulder-stepped trail.
3.     At the top of the mountain, see a trail going down the other side, and say to oneself, “Gee, we don’t know where that trail goes, how long it is, or what its difficulty rating might be, but let’s take it anyway!”

4. Proceed to climb almost straight down a boulder-laden mountain side.

Later, a ranger taught that because of the glaciers, southern sides of Acadia mountains are much steeper. Well, we already had THAT figured out!

There was a point where I thought I would have to be rescued by park rangers, but that seemed to be too very much embarrassing.  After a few deep breaths, my son talked me down out of that one. For some reason, I don’t have a photo of THAT spot.

You know what I always say about situations like that:  MAKING MEMORIES…


  1. Beautiful scenery, but if I had been there, someone would have had to carry me - or just throw me over the edge. 
    What is the weather like? No, wait, maybe I don't want to know. It's going to be 104 here today with a heat index over 110. Ugh.

  2. Thanks for sharing the pictures!!  We went on a trip to these same places a few years ago.  I loved the Franconia area and also Acadia and Mt. Desert Island.  Someday I definitely want to go back.  Did you have some good blueberry stuff while you were there? I think I tried everything, pancakes, cobbler, pie, etc etc and I gained a few pounds for sure.

  3. Ahhh. DH took me to Acadia early in our marriage. He did not believe me when I told him "I don't do heights" till we got to the treeline and I told him I'd just wait there for him. In fact, I had to tell him several times before he understood that I was not going any farther.
    And I love your ability to tell a story by not telling it. Your little hints at stories make them all the more wonderful.

  4. Isn't it funny how often our favorite memories were once our worse moments?