We made a road trip to Maine to visit our cruising friends in June. Yup, a land trip during boating season – that surely shows how important these folks are to us!
We met Sam and Kayda in Portland where their daughter, Sara, and her family live. Portland is a very, very cool little city. We enjoyed strolling around it – waterfront, shops, restaurants, transportation, and places to live. I looked back over my photos from this trip and can’t believe I have no photos! I must have enjoyed the Portland sights and ambience so much that I forgot???
One of the reasons we began the visit in Portland was to see Rob, Sara, and Cedar. Last year the three of them biked across the country from coast to coast through the middle, recording their experience in a terrific blog – Six Months, 6 Wheels, Lots of Ice Cream. With a title like that you can immediately see that they are “kindred spirits” (the ice cream part). I converted their blog into a two-volume printed record and really enjoyed “riding” along with them on their journey.
Then off to Wiscasset to Sam and Kayda’s house.
Sam and Kayda are avid gardeners – flowers, shrubs, and vegetables. They continually amaze me with their knowledge and expertise. No green thumbs there, no, not at all. More like green hands and feet! They took us to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, on 295 acres of tidal shoreland in Boothbay. Even brown thumbs like ours walked in awe among these gardens.
The concept of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has born in 1991 through a collective grassroots effort of mid-coast Maine residents. The mission of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens “… is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through horticulture, education and research.” The grand opening was celebrated in June, 2007.
The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses was my favorite garden. Although sections were devoted to a particular sense, it was all a sensational experience.
Next we were off to Camden to visit John and Carol who were both in Maine that weekend.