Day 3: Wednesday
On Wednesday morning we trekked to breakfast at a diner on the other end of Old Port. It was a hike, but it was a nice way to start the day. After breakfast we set out for Kennebunkport to go to the beach.
We didn't know what we'd find, exactly, so we neglected to get a parking pass. We got incredibly lucky to find a parking spot at the beach AND a lady who'd accidentally gotten two passes. We paid her for the pass, and we were set!
In hindsight, I wish I'd brought the girls' swimsuits to the beach -- or at least a change of clothes. The deal was that we would walk in the water, getting wet up to our knees. The girls got SOAKED to their tummies pretty quickly, surprised by the waves coming in, though.
The water was COLD, but the view was breathtaking!
I love toes-in-the-sand pictures!
Here's an old-fashioned selfie (with the big camera!) of Hubby and me!
(I reluctantly turned the camera over to an older couple to ask them to take a family photo of us. [I say "reluctantly" because we were surrounded by water! Ack!!!] It didn't turn out so swell, though...and my arms are not long enough for an old-fashioned family selfie. HA!)
We'd planned to have lunch in Kennebunkport and walk around there, but the girls were too wet. We drove back to the hotel for a quick shower, and we ate lunch there.
That afternoon, while Hubby watched a soccer game, the girls and I trekked to the Promenade again, this time to the playground. The ocean made such an amazing backdrop for their frolicking!!!
And of course we had to pause a few times to take in the view on the way back to the hotel.
We ate dinner at a place call The East Ender. I got an appetizer of sea snails, and the girls were hooked. One of my favorite lines of the trip was surely, "Mommy, may I have another snail, please?" HA!!!
Day 4: Thursday
Thursday morning, after finding a different diner for breakfast, we walked about a block from our hotel to the ferry terminal. We bought tickets for a trip to Peak's Island, the largest and most-inhabited island off the coast. After a relatively short ferry ride, we hopped off the ferry and headed for the golf cart rental.
|Pretending to drive!|
We made frequent stops, one here where many before us had balanced rocks on the jagged coastline.
The girls wanted to try their hands, of course!
We took one detour (after stopping to ask for directions) to visit a house that sells honey. A local couple was out for a walk, and they snapped a family picture of us...one in which everyone is actually looking at the camera and smiling!
The honey was sitting on a table with a bucket in which you could deposit $5 per jar...all on the honor system. Kind of cool!
We ate lunch on the island and headed back to the hotel. By the afternoon, it had warmed up a bit, and the girls and I headed for the narrow gauge railroad museum. We took in a few sights inside before we boarded the train for a trip most of the way around the peninsula and back.
The train stopped at the halfway point, and the kiddos got to ring the bell. The girls were all about it! In this picture you can see the swing bridge that's no longer in operation.
After a good dose of Portland history on the train ride, we headed for a little shop I'd been eyeing since Monday, Vena's Fizz House. I was super excited to introduce the girls to what I thought would be a great treat!
The inside of the shop was super quaint. I love this picture taken from inside where we sat.
I had a delicious ginger soda, and I ordered a raspberry lemonade and a cherry limeade for the girls. They were NOT fans, though. "This burns my throat, Mommy!" Oops! Their first ever taste of carbonation was a flop (but I'm really OK with that!).
We had a fantastic dinner at Duck Fat. We had incredible poutine with cheese curds, the fries having been cooked in -- you guessed it -- duck fat.
Day 5: Friday
Friday morning we found ourselves at a donut shop boasting donuts that are made from Maine potatoes. They're the best donuts I've ever eaten. Seriously. We got a half dozen sampler box. My favorite was the maple bacon, while Hubby and the girls loved the sweet potato best. It might sound a little on the different side...but it was nothing but delicious!
After packing our bags, we headed for the Portland Observatory, our last must-do. We got there early and decided to pay a visit to the fire station that's just next door. We met three wonderfully kind firemen who invited the girls to sit in the fire truck. They were just a little bit excited. :)
We still had a little time, so we showed Daddy to the playground at the Promenade. It happened to be Daddy's birthday...what a great place to celebrate!
Lastly, we made it to the Observatory and climbed the 104 steps to the top. (We only counted 103, but I'll take their word that we missed a step somewhere.)
The view from the top was beautiful!
And I love this picture of the docent, a lovely retired school nurse, pointing out the sights to the girls.
I snapped one last picture on our way back to the hotel to start our way home.
|Buoys hanging on a fence in a residential area.|