snapshots from maine

We haven’t blogged much this year, but our annual weekend at Ferry Beach near Saco, Maine is a favorite subject for photos and blog posts.

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We went from a super soggy Saturday of rain and fog, to a spectacularly sunny Sunday for walking the beach.

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Here are some favorite shots from our walks around Ferry Beach camp and Camp Ellis.

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There were some fun indoor things to do during the really rainy parts of the weekend, including LHB and friends leading a yoga session and both the girls appearing in the Goodwill Fashion Show portion of the traditional Talent/No Talent Show.

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Namaste. And happy autumn!

– PHB

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saving the beach one blade of grass at a time

Here at beautiful Ferry Beach with our annual church retreat and we are joining the beach association to plant dune grass.

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GHB and LHB making an excellent team with friend Megan and M’s dad John. This will preserve the dunes for the Maine plovers, and help save the beach from powerful erosion – for all of us!

After breakfast we all just hung out on the beach enjoying the mild weather and hoping for more sunshine to punch through the clouds.

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M’s brother Conard started an epic moated castle while other folks strolled and put up a kite.
Yesterday we had a gorgeous drive up here in the B Bus with Megan, Conard and mom Amy. Even the interstate was lovely because the fall color in NH and Maine is at perfect blaze this weekend. And we arrived in Saco just before dark, in time for spectacular views of the salt marshes along the road to Ferry Beach, glassy and full in the fading light. We didn’t get a pic to share but we took memory photos!

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what happened to roadtripping?

IMG_4833We started blogging almost a year ago, mainly to chronicle our road trips.  Like many blogs, of course, the B Bus has evolved to incorporate other subjects and images that inspire or intrigue us.  And we haven’t always stopped by the side of the road long enough to post about all of the places we’ve been this summer — in fact, there have been a couple of mini road trips.

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I drove up to Saco, Maine and back twice to take the girls to camp and pick them up. Not a lot of sightseeing, but we are fans of the moose at the Kennebunk rest stop.

IMG_0135We also snuck in a lightning round “daycation” on the Cape, in place of our usual week or so in Brewster at the home of good friends M & J.

IMG_0141Midweek traffic was not an issue, and we had enough time in one day for walking the flats, catching hermit crabs, ice cream at the Brewster General Store, rope swing, cranberry bog, grilled burgers, and sunset over Cape Cod Bay.  It really did feel like a mini-vacation.

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We’ve also had short journeys to towns all over Middlesex and Essex Counties, courtesy of GHB’s softball team, the Arlington Avengers.

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And we kicked off the 10th Birthday weekend last Friday with a trip to Fenway! Big fun to see a game with good friends, and soak up the scene on Yawkey Way on a perfect summer night. The Green Monster was looming and the Sox lost but it was OK.

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So the B Bus has been getting around.  Plus, we’ve been diligently going to work and/or attending Creative Arts, the fabulous theater camp at Tufts  (as the case may be).  But we’ve also spent a lot of time planning for the main event – the 2013 Big August Birthday Roadtrip.  Some of us are turning 10 this month, and some of us are celebrating a different decade…. Ahem. ‘Nuff said.  We leave tomorrow! I am supposed to be packing right now! We will be keeping you posted. And we’re thrilled to be back to blogging a roadtrip.

– PHB