When you're a 40 something single mother of a teen with lots of ambition, you find yourself in all kinds of interesting adventures and situations. Come back to laugh at us any time you feel the need, heaven knows where we'll be doing what next. Here you can expect a few words, a lot of images and hopefully ideas on what you can do for your next adventure.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Ferry Beach on very warm end of August afternoon

Our Sunday was a busy one. It was the day before school starts, the first soccer game of the season and photo shoot day with a woman I work with who is very pregnant. It was also in the high 80's low 90's for the most part, another absolutely gorgeous day.

The photo shoot was supposed to take place at Kettle Cove, but with the high tide in place and the warm temps, I opted to swing over to Ferry beach instead. We slid into respective parking spaces and was done within 20 minutes with much sweat and tears - no blood thank goodness.

I had brought along our beach towels, I knew better. The boy was soaking wet before I had started taking photographs! We were there for about 2 1/2 hours, it was lovely in comparison to the wall of heat we drove back into on our way home. I think it was a great way to spend the day before school starts if you ask me!



A woman near the shoreline watching her babies bathing in the calm water


Beach Monkey



Ha! And we thought Sammie was a moose!







Monkey found a Hermit Crab!





Shorebirds in flight

Paddling into the sunset

Thursday, August 26, 2010

August, in a nutshell

Wow - it's been a long time since I last blogged! It's amazing how quickly the time can get away from you. Let's see if I can run this down quickly....

Soccer has started, practice is two nights a week and the first game is Sunday - I'm sure there will be a pictorial blog about that!

School starts on Monday the 30th. Where did summer go?

My niece made it back to Maine from her summer trip to the Southern States, I think I've seen more of her since her return than I have the past few years. We even made it to Crescent Beach for an afternoon and the three of us had a fantastic day. I finally got my Park Pass to the point where with anotehr 50 cents, I will have made up for the cost of the pass and there's plenty of time to start making the profit end.

Monkey outright refuses to spend the night at his father's at all now, putting a little extra stress on me. He got a free pass earlier in the month because there was a weekend when his dad couldn't take him, now he just won't do it. My idle time has been deduced to the few and far between times I can stay up longer than he does.

He lost the palate expander and gained a retainer and 6 temporary braces. The intention of the braces is to keep the space open to allow that one tooth to drop down, what it's done is turn mom into the toothbrush natzi. It's amazing what can get caught up in all that metal.

Samantha is in 'shed stage', where she's dropping clumps of fur everywhere even though she's being brushed on a regular basis. The fur balls rolling through the house growl at snap at your ankles as you walk by. I could vaccum every day and still not get it all. I brushed enough out of her last weekend that when rolled and compressed to it's smallest possible shape was the size of a large cantelope. This too shall pass, it happens twice a year.

I completed a Senior Portrait photo shoot this past weekend and have a set of 'preggo pics' to do this weekend. She's due in two weeks and wants belly pictures taken, hopefully she can hold out long enough!

My backyard birdies are hogging up all the food they can. I have at least 4 and maybe more Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds that are easily going through 2 cups of sugar water a week. The Bluejays and Chickadees are back at the feeders on a regular basis and I bet if I had the time to quietly watch I would see much more than that.

The weather has finally started to cool off a little and I noticed that we've lost about an hour of sunlight. Trees are turning color, pumpkins are ripe a little prematurely and apples are ready for the picking. I do believe we're going to have a very early fall - hopefully the weather stays as it is right now until November. We finally got some rain this week too, my lawn was looking rather crispy so it was definitely needed.

We haven't really gone anywhere or done anything since our last climbing adventure, I think we need to change that very soon. I promise I won't be so naughty and will blog more often. I've just been one busy mom.




Brace Face and the monster cat.




Monkey and Heddah playing in the sand at Crescent Beach

Oh, what a pair they are

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hiking the Bauneg Beg Mountain trail

We knew it was going to be a much cooler day today, so Monkey and I planned on going hiking somewhere. After much deliberation, I chose Bauneg Beg Mountain. I'd heard about the area through the Maine Birding list as well as stumbling across the name here and there while searching for hiking trails.

I have a ton of pictures below and should let them do the talking - so some minor details. The entire trail is about a mile long. It's not all that strenuous however there steep dropoffs around Middle Peak so watch the small children. Views are 'eh' from Middle Peak, North Peak has none. It took us longer to get there and find the place than it did to take the entire hike, it was worth it.

You can find more information, including a trail map, at the Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area website.

The trailhead sentry



Blackberries growing on the woodline, almost ready for a trailside snack!





It was a toss-up, we chose Ginny's way. When we came back down the loop we realized it was the right choice.



Partridgeberry was growing all over the trail

Rosy Russula is one of the many toadstools we spotted along the way....

.....as well as what I believe could be a Blue-Pored Polypore

Teaberries

Indian Pipes! I haven't seen these in years!

The trail split at Middle Peak

To the North



A severly beat-up Red Spotted Purple rests in the sunshine.

Mt. Washington

Monkey checks out the area called "Devil's Den"



It's hard to make out, but the rocky overhang was crazy. No wonder it has a name like that!

We chose North Peak Trail

This could be a White Fiber Head, I got bored trying to find it in my book. :)



Quartz







North Peak








Lightening remnants




We found compass parts, here Monkey tests it out











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