Beach Preachin’ on Midcoast Maine

by Julia Robarts on July 5, 2016

in Life, Travel

img_1956Sand, salt, sea, sun. These are the simplest ingredients for family harmony I know. Our annual mid-coast Maine beach vacation has once again delivered miles of smiles and fantastic memories, all in the style of good old-fashioned fun.

img_1719We picked strawberries (10 quarts!) for jelly and pie-making, skipped rocks, gazed at stars, and hunted for hermit crabs. We read books, took naps, rode bikes, spotted seals and porpoises, and watched fireworks from the back of a pickup. There was hiking and exploring (“You’re going to force us to hike?!” said one potentially disgruntled kid – later to be appeased by a lobster roll), and games played in the yard and on the beach.

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img_2017That my fairly techno-centric kids, at 16, 15, and 10, still find pleasure (forced hiking aside) in passing time this way? That gives me a thrill inside that I’m sure they wouldn’t understand if I attempted to explain it.

img_1906I’m not even sure I understand it myself.

img_1681The teenagers were, of course, Insta-ing and Snapchatting here and there. My youngest texted her bestie about the porpoises. But, seeing them all truly and simply happy at some of life’s most innocent pursuits is something that I will always adore.

Beach Preachin' - juggling with juliaThis morning, after an early morning walk with my middle kid, I breathed in deep the salty beach air and said, “Ah! Wish I could bottle this and take it with me!”

“Preach the beach,” he declared.

He gets me a little, I guess 🙂

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Aunt Jackie July 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm

So awesome you get to spend time in Maine and the ever cooling waters. It’s been 107 here today in Central Fl. Unbearable. Like walking out into a sauna. Main is a great place. Gerri and I used to take
the kids to Kennybunkport for vacations in the summer. My Dad also did with his family.
Enjoy….
Love, Jackie

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Julia Robarts July 5, 2016 at 6:19 pm

I don’t think I could handle 107! You’re right about the cool waters – for toe dipping only LOL!

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Patty D July 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Aaahhh! Looks & sounds like a great vacation – Enjoy them while you can!

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Julia Robarts July 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Thank you, Patti – I plan to!!

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