Monday, July 28, 2008
It doesn't seem possible that July is nearly at end, but it is. Although we certainly have had some busy days filled with sunshine, beach, water and good company--and after a long stretch of humid, wet weather (did I mention humid?), so July is going out with a bang, for certain. We've had two tranquil days on Taylor Pond with my Dad and Tim and my sister's family. Here's our recipe for a memorable summer day: have a rowboat ride, catch a couple of fish, swim to the rock, dive off rock, scrape knee on rock, bump nose on rock, do it all again. Many, many times, and do it with your cousins and aunts and uncle. Follow all this fun with Auntie Sarah's fajitas and Grampie's strawberry shortcake, (all provided in Grampie Tim's house on the pond, of course) and have yourself a perfect summer day.
On another day, we all went to our favorite cove. This cove provides a wonderland of treasures for children and adults. Not only is this working harbor beautiful with the moored lobster and fishing boats, but it also has rocky mini-cliffs and caves and outcrops that become ideal tidal pools. My five-year old nephew demonstrated to all, his marine biologist leanings with a dramatic eel demonstration. He soon had a small audience captivated with his eel whispering technique and sizeable green crab collection.
The tidal brook provided some fun frog watching and near-capture by my sister, that had all the kids entranced. My niece had a fabulous time both patting sand into the bucket and tossing it onto Tim's back, giggling the entire time. Long swims in the calm waters of the cove, some path exploring, some fishing, more tidal pool wading, hilarious stories shared, lots of laughter, and somehow that's how eight hours passed us by like it was maybe one or two. One more swim as the sun set, sandy and exhausted kids packed into the car and we said goodbye to another perfect summer day in Maine.