she walks in beauty

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she walks in beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

                                  - Lord Byron

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chasing pirates

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chasing pirates

I'm very much an "off the beaten path" kind of person when we vacation or hike.  I enjoy seclusion when we are outside and I love seeking out hidden gems when we travel.  We did see most of the major touristy spots in Acadia...Thunder Hole, Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond, Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs, to name some.  One of my favorite days was when set out to find The Ovens.  We geocache which has been phenomenal for finding those wonderful out of the way places that I love.  It also makes it exciting for the girls to find hidden "treasure".  So in browsing some geocaches in the area I found one at a place where there were some natural sea caves called The Ovens.  It was only accessible by foot during low tide and required a pretty good walk on rocky beach for two pairs of seven year old legs.  The girls collected A LOT of rocks here and tons of sea glass.  Who doesn't love sparkly colorful beach stones?  Most likely the person hauling them home.  We made up stories about going to find pirate treasure along the way and practiced skipping stones.  Finally we found caves and the geocache.  Not long after we arrived we started hearing distant thunder and the sky turned angry.  We had a long slow walk back and by this point in our vacation the girls were weary and counting fresh blisters.  We heaved the girls up on our backs and hauled them and their rock collections back out to the truck.  Easily one of the best ways to say goodbye to Maine.  We dreamed of our next trip up there the whole way home.

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on the water

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on the water

We spent a good bit of time on the water while we were staying in Bar Harbor.   We saw the puffins and seals and many whales.  We were also lucky enough to come across a Mola Mola and a Basking Shark.  We braved the crowds and took in a sunset from the top of Cadillac Mountain which was spectacular.  We had good intentions of getting there for a sunrise, but the we actually had a good bit of fog and cloud cover the week we were there so we decided bed at 4:30 am is just as nice.  My husband and I took a night hike down to Little Hunter's Beach which was amazing.  We had a good moon that night so we were able to do most of it with just the moonlight...me imagining all sorts of trolls and critters that live only in the pages of books. 

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