The Ups and Downs of Summer in Maine

Maine...the way life should be.

Maine, 3 seasons, fall, winter and keep your fleece handy.

Maine, my home state. Yup, I have lived in Maine for decades. Wow, that makes me sound old. 

Maine is a state that has beauty, an incredible rugged coastline and weather that has major mood swings. Like today for instance, it is raining hard, it is damp and cold, and yes, my pink pull over fleece is on. 

On the days that the sun actually comes out and the temperatures go up, we try to get our butts outside and see the beauty around us. 

Since the end of June, we have been much crazier then normal. I'm usually pretty quiet and love my books and puppy dogs but the last couple of weeks have been full of memory making and time cruzing by because my husband and I have hosted my family reunion (always an interesting day of events)......then we hosted a family lobster barbecue (including our son's 24th birthday) and a couple other barbecues after that.

I refuse to cook them, so I stay inside making salads while the guys, steam & boil the lobsters and put them on the plates.

I refuse to cook them, so I stay inside making salads while the guys, steam & boil the lobsters and put them on the plates.

And then we also steam the clams.....

A little secret....I do not eat any seafood. I know, I live in Maine and am less than an hour to the ocean, but I do not like the texture...just can't do it. So, the family gets it all. 

Both of my sons and my hubby love seafood and we are usually lucky to have enough lobster left for a couple lobster rolls the next day.

If you are not from Maine, it is good to know you can purchase them so incredibly cheaper if you are willing to cook them yourself on a grill or campfire. Just don't forget the vinegar and melted butter!

After all this cooking I needed a day at the ocean myself. We decided to head to Belfast for lunch and as my husband ate his shrimp....I completely enjoyed my cranberry, walnut, chicken salad on a bed of fresh grown Maine greens with homemade dill dressing. 

We sat outside on the deck and could see and smell the ocean. I totally love the smell of the ocean in Maine. 

After lunch and a little walk around the downtown shoppes, we got back in the car and drove another 20 miles to my favorite Maine coastal town....Camden. It is such a perfect Maine town. Lots of shoppes and art galleries, old book stores and a gorgeous harbor. 

The people here are so awesome and the town is very pet friendly. I love seeing owners and their furry best friends walking and the dogs chasing sticks and driftwood. Of course, there are also many ducks and seagulls waiting for a snack. 

I really don't think you will find a prettier, more quaint town then Camden, Maine. But, of course, that is my opinion.  :-) Less than 5,000 people make Camden their home, except in the summer when the population triples!  You can start your online search here.

Here are some photos for you to see, I should have taken more, but I was too busy breathing in the ocean air and shopping. 

The harbor in Camden, Maine. July 2016

The harbor in Camden, Maine. July 2016

The view of the harbor in Camden, Maine taken from the paved path on the edge of downtown. 

The view of the harbor in Camden, Maine taken from the paved path on the edge of downtown. 

It's us! A bit wind blown and sun baked. 

It's us! A bit wind blown and sun baked. 

There are so many coastal towns in Maine that I hope we will be able to travel to them and share more pictures and adventures with you soon. 

If you have not yet, but are considering a trip to Maine....I say jump on Rt 1, expect traffic, take time to pull over and enjoy the beauty, stop in the villages, try the native food and enjoy the entire journey.

Until next time please share with us your thoughts of the rocky Maine coast.

Hugs, 

Vicky