Was totally inspired by Mama Kat's Pretty Much Famous Writer's Workshop to share my favorite summer view so far.
During July 4th week we were on vacation in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. I have seen some wonderful sights in my life and have been to some amazing places, but there is something about Boothbay that feels like home in my heart.
Despite living in Massachusetts my entire life, I never visited that region until last summer. And I fell in love right away. This year there was no discussion about where we would spend vacation - back to Boothbay we headed. We've been home for 4 days and I am already looking forward to next year.
During our visit we decided to take a boat trip out to Monhegan Island. I am not much of a boater, so 16 miles away Boothbay (though only 10 miles from the mainland) was a big deal for me. I was mildly panicked on the ride out but it was a pretty morning and the seas were sort of calm. Though the skies were clear, there was low-lying fog, which caused the island to suddenly appear before us, which was spooky & neat.
It is charming and lovely. No paved roads. No vehicles aside from some trucks used to transport luggage and large items. Beautiful walking trails. A small beach. A shipwreck. A lovely inn where we stopped for a scrumptious lunch. This is a village - people live and work here. We took care not to venture off trails into anyone's yard. Everyone we passed was friendly. Despite how hot and humid the day was, we walked as far as we could. We even ventured up a good-sized hill and were rewarded with the most spectacular view. We could clearly see the inn where we had just eaten. The wharf was still shrouded in fog. Manana Island, just next door, was barely visible. In my eyes, this was the most wonderful view of summer I have had yet. I even submitted the photo to a local photo contest....wish me luck.
If you have a chance to try something new - I say to you - put your fears aside because the reward just might outweigh everything else. And sit near the lifeboats if you really can't let go.