What does a picture of my grandson have to do with camping in Maine? not a whole lot, really, but then, we aren’t actually camping either! For anyone who has followed this blog, it comes as no surprise that our job as workampers enables us to live and work and play at Mount Desert Campground the entire season… I often comment to my wife that “we live in a campground, but we don’t go camping any more”! We are in the midst of our third season, and we are appreciating every moment of our time here as it will be out last summer here… we are preparing to move on to the next chapter of our lives which will present new and interesting opportunities including making Maine our permanent home.. but more on that later.
A recent trip to NH to attend a delayed wedding reception for my son and his still new bride was also a chance to visit my grandson and friends.. it was a wonderful weekend. Maris is showing so much growth each time we see him, and I treasure the opportunity to watch him interact with his parents…
We are spending two days each week in Georgetown as we prepare to make that our new home. It is a lot of fun to explore around the area as time permits… two weeks ago, we celebrated our anniversary with dinner in Bath, followed by a band concert in the park… I was struck by the idea that, as we sat and listened to the music, the same scenario was probably playing out in towns all across the US… folks bringing their lawn chairs to parks to listen to community bands play old favorites which never seem to lose their appeal. When she was quite young and just learning to play the flute, my daughter and I played in just such a band.. the Cate Park Band in Wolfeboro NH… what fond memories!
This summer has been more hectic than the past two, but we are still carving time out to get out in our kayaks… this is from a recent paddle on Somes Sound… a typical Maine scene of the forest meeting a rocky shore line… this is Bar Island in the sound ( not the more famous Bar Island in Bar Harbor)
The nature of the campground will be changing soon as schools open for the 2017-18 academic year, but for now, kids of all ages abound! It is amazing to watch the role of bikes in the development of independence for them… even in a short week, we watch as young ones make huge strides in their cycling skills… this is a picture of the float parking area in the evening.. and what are all of these kids doing?
hanging out on the docks.. catching crabs, interacting with one another… this is the place to be!
the blueberries have been great this year.. how fortunate we are to be able to walk out in the meadow and pick fresh berries, bring them home and bake a pie…
chances are that these peaches were not grown in Maine, but we enjoyed them nevertheless! We made these in preparation for yet another staff gathering here at the campground.. and our colleagues shared many of their special dishes as well… we are looking ahead to new opportunities with anticipation, but there will surely be a lot that we will miss about the campground at the conclusion of this season… especially the relationships that we have formed here!
speaking of relationships.. this is my buddy, Chip. I have a short movie of him trying to figure out how many sunflower seeds he can stuff into his cheeks, but I could not figure out how to attach it to this blog… so we will have to settle for this still picture… everyone has a story, and this is true for Chip as well.. he only has half a tail… I sure wish he could tell me about that! I guess I just have to settle for watching him come over, stand up on his hind legs and look at me, and asking with his eyes if there happen to be any more sunflower seeds around!
And that is what life has been about in recent weeks… of course, we have the daily chores of building picnic tables, filling potholes in the road after rainstorms, plunging clogged toilets, cleaning the boats, cleaning sites, and cleaning the bathrooms and greeting old friends and making new ones each passing week… It is remarkable to hear from so many people how they wish that they could adopt the same lifestyle.. we are truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be here!