Friday, June 24, 2016

Inventions, Running and Going to the Beach

On their walk along the Androscoggin Riverwalk earlier this week, Sam and my parents were dismayed to find a lot of trash and cigarette butts along the river and shoreline. So Sam dreamed up an invention to pick up the trash without having to touch it. Then she and Neenie worked on it, and they went back yesterday to actually put it into action. Armed with Sam's invention, some latex gloves and an enthusiasm for cleaning up the environment, they ended up with an overflowing trash bag full of trash. Apparently, they saw a woman out there walking her dog who said, "There is hope for the future yet!" when she found out what they were doing. I am so proud of my little inventor and environmentalist!

They also went out to the "beach" at Skofield Preserve after lunch for a short walk and were lucky enough to meet a fisherman who let Sam try to reel in a fish, and had the chance to see an eagle perched in a nearby pine tree! Sounds like a pretty good day to me!

This morning, I got up and out early to get my run in. I had hoped to get out to Head of Tides but the field/old road/grass areas were a bit too overgrown for me, so I altered my route and ran a bit of a random smattering out through the Cathance instead. I felt good and enjoyed the wander on a nice and cool morning; on the plus side there were no bugs, and I scared up two deer in two different spots along the way. The second scared the begeejesus out of me as he snorted loudly at me before bounding off into the woods! I would guess if I was wearing a HR monitor, my HR would have shot up quite high at that moment ;) Ha. Got in 8 miles before heading home for breakfast.

After we had all gotten cleaned up and organized, Sam, Mom, Dad and I headed down to Cape Elizabeth to Kettle Cove. It really is a nice little beach, and we found the parking lot only half full and the tide very low. Perfect! Not to mention, there was not a cloud in the sky and we had a lovely breeze to keep us cool. A beautiful morning to spend a few hours at the beach!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Midweek Miles and Fun

My parents very graciously agreed to come up and stay with us for the first two weeks of summer and hang out with Sam so that she wouldn't have to spend all summer long at camp. There are 11 weeks of summer this year! Which is awesome but at the same time, a long time to be at camp! We are lucky indeed! :) She has been having a lot of fun and they have been keeping quite busy! There has been biking and going to the farmer's market, hiking and downtown piano playing, inventions and reading, museum visits and workbook time. Sounds like a good start to summer to me :)

Mornings have been a little less chaotic as we don't have to get out of the house at a certain time, which is really nice, and I have even managed to get out early three days this week to run. Monday morning was Mt. A. Chicken and Suicide Hill repeats. I was definitely feeling a bit ragged after a weekend of not a lot of sleep and too much food, but I got it done nonetheless. 4.3 miles with 12 total repeats - 3x up and down each hill.

Tuesday morning, I had planned to meet Shannon but in the end it didn't work out, so I headed out into the Cathance for a mellow 6+ mile lollypop along the river instead. I guess it truly is summer, as I killed my first deerfly of the season while out there. Very muggy and warm too, so I guess there is no avoiding it now! I did scare up a deer along the Rapids Loop, which was a much better sighting ;)

Wednesday, I ended up staying in bed, although with two cats crawling all around my head, licking and nudging me for the better part of an hour, I'm not sure I actually got more sleep but a bit of extra rest was nice ;)

This morning dawned crisp and cool and I headed out along the powerlines to run the 7 mile Lover's Lane loop. Lots of sheep laurel blooming along the trail edge's, plus I noticed the blueberries and blackberries are now out and getting ready to ripen! As always, I love the scent of the hay-scented ferns along the way and the sound of the catbirds calling. Aside from feeling some effects of allergies/pollen with a dry throat and sniffly nose, it was a lovely morning to be out getting in some miles!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

We finished up a great Saturday with beers on the grass at the Claremont and then a walk down the street to Beal's Lobster House for lobster, steamers, and scallops. Cheeriness all around ;)

On Sunday, we all slept in, which was much needed, as going to bed two nights in a row at 9:00 pm makes for a tired Sam (and me ;)), and then started off the day with a lovely breakfast with a lovely view. After getting all packed up, we headed out to Wonderland for a short morning walk. It was another gorgeous day and a good spot for a mellow walk out to the ocean. As is typical up in Acadia, there are no bad views :) and we spent some time out on the rocks, exploring the tide pools and soaking up the sunshine and salt air. The sun was warm but the breeze was quite brisk but we got in a nice 1.7 miles for the morning before heading over to Atlantic Brewing Co for lunch as our last stop up north for the weekend. What fun!

My parents had already arrived by the time we got home, so we lucked out and were able to see all the special fathers in our life today ;) Happy Father's Day Dad, Ryan and Dana! We love you!

What a great weekend!