Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine

On every trip there is a moment.  It is the moment you feel the world opening up to you in a way it hasn’t before.  The moment you feel the value of travel intensely.  The moment that makes challenges you faced getting there seem insignificant.  The moment you see something…

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PA to Maine-Acadia National Park

PA to Maine-Acadia National Park

The true destination of our August 2012 trip to Maine was Acadia National Park.  You can read about our first day of driving and where we stayed in previous posts, but I think Acadia held many of the most memorable experiences.  We could see the park across the water from…

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PA to Maine-Dixmont and Lamoine plus a simple tide experiment for the kids!

PA to Maine-Dixmont and Lamoine plus a simple tide experiment for the kids!

We left our hotel in Massachusetts after a filling breakfast and arrived at our first stop in Maine about four hours later.  We were headed to Lamoine, but stopped in Dixmont to see one of my husband’s old college professors and his wife.  Years ago this professor encouraged his students…

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PA to Maine-the first leg of the trip

PA to Maine-the first leg of the trip

Last July when my husband took a voluntary separation from his company, our first order of business was to plan a trip to Maine.  It is a place he had traveled to and loved and somewhere the kids and I had never been.  We always talked about going and the…

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The moments that have led me here

After reading a post at Creativity Tribe on sense of direction, part of the series ,This Sensational Life, I began to think about the moments in my life that have permanently changed my direction.  “Finding your direction can be as easy as getting centered or having a meaningful chat with…

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A break from the grind

This summer we were presented with an opportunity.  My husband’s job of fourteen years was getting increasingly stressful.  Many rounds of lay offs over several years left much work and little man power.  In June, yet another round of lay offs was announced.  The company asked for volunteers and we…

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Lessons on Wind at the Jersey Shore

Many of the learning opportunities we have with our children are unplanned.  Being observant is the only skill you need to teach your child something new about the world around them. When we spent a week at the Jersey shore in September, we learned many things by observing what was…

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Killens Pond and Rehoboth Beach in December

Ever since our first visit to Killens Pond, we have been eager to return.  We hoped to visit in the fall but found the cabins were booked until the first weekend in December.  We booked Cabin 1 for that weekend and hoped for decent weather. We lucked out with temperatures…

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Teachable Moments at the Jersey Shore-Part 2

In addition to all that can be learned in the natural areas of the Jersey Shore, there are many educational opportunities to be found in surrounding areas. The Cape May Zoo is less than thirty minutes by car from Ocean City, New Jersey.  We have been visiting this zoo since…

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Teachable Moments at the Jersey Shore-Part 1

Each year before the warm weather disappears completely, we take one last trip to the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey.  It is a family friendly town with lots of typical shore attractions like carnival rides, boardwalk shops and lots of not so healthy, but tasty treats to eat. There…

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