We had a nice time just pootling around the lake for a week. We ended up not really doing much else, no boat rides or shopping. The kids were fish and just happy to be in the water. We did go to the Maine Lobster Festival the first day and then just stayed close to the lake.
|This little gal tied first with another little boy for 6,500 crates! A new record!|
|Look who we found wondering around! Blackbeard!|
There’s a nice State Park not far from the cottage and we packed a picnic lunch two days and spent there. It has a sandy beach which makes it easier for the kids to get in the water and play. The cottage has lots of rocks and they have to jump off the dock there and can’t touch bottom, but they still loved it, went in as soon as we got home from the state park! Enjoyed climbing around on the rocks along the shoreline too.
|on Long Lake|
We rode up to Naples Maine, on Long Lake, one evening, just a few miles north of us. There is a sea plane there that you can take a ride on (click the link and go for a ride on it!). We like to get ice cream and sit and watch the plane take off and land. There are gift shops and a Paddle-wheel Riverboat you can ride. I love their library and it’s ongoing basement book sale!
Going to the state park you have to pass over the Songo Locks. Its the last remaining lock on the Cumberland and Oxford Canal. The canal connected the largest lakes of southern Maine with the seaport of Portland Maine before the railroad. The Lock is still operated by hand and we got to see it in action a couple of times this trip. Click here for images of the lock and here if you want to watch a video of going thru the lock.
Grandpa went to Baxter State Park one day for a hike. It was a 4 hr. ride up and back and we decided not to go with him. Did I mention he is a little bit crazy:) We did a trip there before and the kids didn’t want to be stuck in the car that long. He did get to see a moose up close and personal and got some great shots and video of him. Darn, would have liked to have seen that myself, next time maybe. There are lots of gorgeous pictures he took there on my Shutterfly page (all the pics from the trip are there). Mount Katadin is in Baxter State Park. We just stayed at the cottage and watched movies and played in the water. We burnt our dinner…
so we just ate the good gooey cheesy topping and walked up to Gemme’s general store and got good unburnt pizza! and a giant whoopi pie for dessert!
The kids were so sad to leave the lake, Butch and Miles, but there will be other years and other trips. Maybe next time Mom and Dad can go with us and make it a family affair!
The last night we were there we had the most beautiful sunset ever! What a send off!
The long ride home: