Find Good In Every Day

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“Active” Vacation – Part 1 July 23, 2011

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 2:14 pm

I don’t know how anyone could call a trip with young kids a vacation.  I erroneously called our most recent trip a “vacation” as we were leading up to it, and I realize now that I not only misled myself, but I misled Jeremy.  My friend, Megan, labeled it more accurately – an active vacation.  That’s a very nice way to put it.  As you hear many parents say, “I need a vacation after my vacation!”

No matter how active we were and how little true relaxation time we had, though, we had a wonderful time.  Here is a photographic account of our first few days.  The remaining days will come in the next post.

We started off after work on Friday and had a goal of getting to Connecticut that night before stopping at a hotel.  The first leg was easy.  The kids watched a movie on the iPad, we stopped for dinner, the kids fell asleep, and we got through NYC ok.  First leg – success!

We woke up Saturday to hit the road again after the obvious Dunkin Donut breakfast.  (The kids could not believe how many Dunkin Donuts we saw on this trip!  Gotta love New England!)

We made it to our friend’s house in Hingham, MA by lunchtime and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon swimming, playing baseball on their mini Fenway Park in the backyard, eating our traditional dinner of steak tips and mashed potatoes and drinking delicious low-calorie margaritas.  Loved it!

Unfortunately we had to hit the road again on Sunday, but at least it was only for a couple of hours to get to Portland, ME.  (If we hadn’t gotten a bit turned around in Boston, it would have been a much shorter ride!)  In Portland, we joined three of Jeremy’s college buddies and their families for an afternoon BBQ.  This was the first day that the heat was really showing itself, and the reality of my 75-degree week in Maine was seeming like a dream.  But we still had a blast catching up with old friends, meeting new babies and chatting.

After lunch, it was time for the real “active vacation” to start.  Back south we went to Ogunquit, ME to check into our hotel – Anchorage By The Sea.

Yes, thank you. I'll stay here forever.

First Family "Active Vacation" Photo - at a pizza place just up the road from our hotel.

The clouds are rolling in. We better get in the pool before it's too late!

The indoor pool was much warmer and more shallow so we spent most of the time there. Both kids are getting better and better in the water.

The silliness took over - as it always does.

The rain took over our first full day in Maine, but we saw Cars 2 then went to play mini golf once it cleared up. Definitely one of our favorite things!

The rainy day ended with dinner at the hotel cafe, a walk to get ice cream in town, then back to our room to rest up for the next day that was sure to be tons of fun.  We had a goal in mind – no car for the entire day!  We felt we could do it by enjoying what was within walking distance and by using the local trolley to get to places farther away.  It would definitely mean more “active” time, but we were all in at this point.  There was no time to rest since we only had 2 more full days in Maine.  Stay tuned for Part 2!


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