Although I’ve lived in Colorado now for the past 5 years, I’m originally from Maine and spent my early life there. I still go home to visit often and am always excited to see the ocean again. The Rocky Mountains are a good stand in for the ocean, but this salty girl needs a little ocean in her life from time to time.
We spent 4 days in Syracuse before heading up to Maine on the 6th of July. We took the scenic route instead of the highway, and got a little lost (adventured in the wrong direction). But we drove through the Western side of Massachusetts and up through New Hampshire into Maine.
We arrived at my grandmother’s house in Falmouth. It was the last time that I probably will see it since it is for sale now. I got to see my old kitty, Jiggy and we had to keep Shea away from him because it definitely would have ended badly if they met. We packed up our backpacks and my best friend Hana came and picked us up and brought us to the ferry in Portland.
The ferry ride to Long Island, Maine is about 45 minutes long, and is breathtakingly beautiful. I have always felt this way about it, but even more now that I never see the ocean. My family has been going out to this island every July since before I was born. I haven’t missed a year yet, and I never plan to.
We arrived at the Island and it was such a welcome site. It always feels like home, and I get to hang out with my aunt and my cousins and just relax and lay in the sun. Hana and her baby came out for a couple days to hang out too and I loved getting to spend some time with her because I miss her dearly and her baby is the cutest baby in the whole world!
My goal for the few days we were there was to get Shea to go swimming in the ocean. And after a few tries I succeeded! the best way to get her in the water was to go in myself, so I floated on a tube and pushed myself out and she followed. Throwing a stick into the water worked great too. It was so fun having her out there with us.
We had beautiful weather the whole time we were there, and I got to spend quality time with my family and friends, with a nice bit of ocean time in there too! By the time we were leaving I was ready and we took the ferry in to Portland and walked around the Old Port with Hana for an hour or so and then headed towards New Hampshire for the third part of our journey.