Friday morning my Mom and Fiona dropped me off the the airport, I wanted to get there early to allow them to get on the road for their long journey home and I really wasn't sure what weekday morning traffic is like here so I figured better safe then sorry. The Raleigh airport is under construction which is never a good thing, and when I arrived I soon found out that getting my boarding pass would not be the usual easy task! I made it to my gate with Starbucks in hand and a little time to spare! However once I sat they informed us that it was a small plane (eek!) and we would have to check all carry on items! Stellar! Once on the plane and on the runway we were informed that air traffic controllers in Newark had delayed our flight 45 minutes!! The gentlemen beside me had a half hour layover in Newark, so he was screwed, but I still thought I would be OK with the 45 minutes I had remaining. We arrived in Newark and I had to wait for my bag, grab the shuttle to the other terminal and then RUN to my gate.. did I mention I was breaking in some high heeled leather boots? FUN! I arrived at my gate to find out I am an idiot and never bothered to make sure they hadn't changed it when I got off the plane, I now ran to the gate I was suppose to be at with little time to spare!
My flight from Newark was fine, truth be told I wanted to hop on the closest train and head straight for NYC, being that close and not visiting seemed like a sin! No such luck though, truth be told I was pretty anxious to see my hubby! I arrived in Portland and didn't have a voice mail from Jason's mother so I made my way to the Shipyard Brewing Company! I was starving and really in the mood for some sort of fall beer, so I went ahead and tried their Pumpkin Ale... TOO DIE FOR! I don't generally care for anything pumpkin, but when in New England... I had 3.
Jason's parents arrived and we awaited Jason's arrival, man was I glad to see that face! We promptly left the airport and headed to Famous Dave's BBQ for dinner! We enjoyed Famous Dave's in New York and once in Washington and love it! I got to pick as it was the day after my birthday... I thought that was a good deal! The drive back to Jason's parents house was long and quite uncomfortable after having sat in a plane all day, but we managed to make it back in one piece!
The next morning was the service for Jason's grandfather. As you all know I am a self proclaimed bawl ass so I was absolutely dreading the whole thing. I came to love and admire Jason's grandfather in the short time I knew him and saying goodbye is always hard. It was an absolutely gorgeous day as those of us who knew and loved him filled the cemetery, the service was nice, personal and honoring, something I think he would have appreciated it... I did really well keeping in my tears to myself until they started the military salute. Jason's grandfather served in the United States Coast Guard for many years and when they played the horns and the military gentlemen came up one my one and saluted the grave, it was heart wrenching! It seemed to final, so the end... it was really hard to take. All in all I thought the service was beautiful, a wonderful way to celebrate a wonderful man.
Our time in Maine was pretty relaxing truth be told, Sunday we laid around all day watching football and napping. Monday we spent our day wandering around the boat ramp and West Quoddy Head State Park! Jason is so lucky to be from such a beautiful place right on the ocean... get ready for some picture overload!
Dock at the bottom of Jason's parents street, tide was up!
See the seals head? Those little buggers are so hard to get a picture of!
Light house over on Campabello Island, NB
Bridge to the Island
Look out spot on the Coast Guard Trail
Jason @ Quoddy Head State Park
I have a million more pictures I could share, it was just so beautiful! We didn't see any whales this trip but we saw a ton of seals which I love! Watching them splash around in the current and stuff does my heart good. We saw a sea otter from the park but it was impossible to get a picture of him with the waves! Those things are too cute they way they float around on their backs.. love!
We took a drive over to Jason's grandfathers land.. bitter sweet really. Check out how gorgeous the blueberry fields look this time of year!
On the way back to Jason's house we stopped by this old abandoned house on the water I just love... a little piece of me wishes we owned it every time I see it, but then I snap back to reality! Check out the view though..
On Tuesday we headed up to Bangor to meet Josh and Tanya for lunch!! They have been in Peru and we have been in Saskatchewan and by the grace of god not only were we in the same country at the same time but we were in the same state!!! We took it as a sign and both drove a couple of hours to meet and have lunch, although it was WAY too short it was more than worth it!!! We had lunch at Bugaboo Creek and spent some time in Lens Crafters at the Bangor Mall haha! They are now safely back in Peru for awhile and we already miss them! We made a stop at the DMV and Stephen King's house!!! Yes I said it.. the author Stephen King!!! He lives in Maine and every time we go there I rag on Jason to take me and he never has, until now!!
Truthfully although creepy as all hell (because lets be honest he himself is) he really lives quite modestly for an author of his caliber. I wanted to knock on the door, but I thought it would be rude!
Thursday Jason's mother took me to a house she takes care of as she thought not only would I enjoy the house but the view, boy was she right! The house itself is an old Victorian home full of vintage leather bound books, and the most gorgeous attire. This home was warm and inviting, old but modern.. had so much character! Sadly the owner lives in NYC and owns many homes and does not frequent this one at all. She doesn't keep the heat high enough to prevent the walls from cracking and things from falling apart... it is extremely heart breaking to see such a treasure fall apart before your eyes. Out of respect for the owner I just snapped a few pictures of things that caught my eye and the view!
Anyways we had problems getting our Uhaul which I anticipated happening on account that we ordered it from a SMALL corner store in the middle of no where and ended up not leaving until Friday. I have decided to make our trip home a sequel to this post due to the all the pictures and this took me longer then I expected and now I have crap to do! ha!
I hope you enjoyed the pictures, I don't think they even come close to doing the real thing justice! If you haven't been to New England in the fall, plan a trip! It will be worth it!