Every year for as long as I can remember my family has taken a trip to Piper Mountain Christmas Tree farm in Newburgh, Maine. It's only about 30 minutes from Bangor, and not only do we get to go out onto the tree farm and pick our own tree - we cut it ourselves too! (Not sure why this is a plus, but the guys do this part so I've never worried about it)
As soon as you drive in there's a little stand where someone gives you a bow-saw, and then you get to choose from several different lots and walk around to choose the perfect tree.
The first (and best, in my opinion...even as an adult) thing I remember about Piper Mountain, is they have wagon or sleigh rides! I've always loved horses, so any excuse to hang out with them is good for me. We don't really do much with the wagon/sleigh rides anymore, but I love to see the horses.
Most of the time we spend at the tree farm now is spent playing with the girls, and hunting through endless rows of trees for that "perfect" one.
The dogs who accompany us (believe me....there is always AT LEAST one dog with us) are always changing - this year Dad brought his dog, Havok, and Taylor brought one of her little ones, Crash.
Eden was pretty sure she could be as tall as the tree she wanted - almost!
Don't expect any of this family to be serious for longer than a minute or two!
Can you even stand that cuteness?! Esther rather dominates the photos at this point, but once her little brother shows up she'll have to relinquish her position as "cutest & littlest".
I'm pretty sure we paid more attention to the dogs and the little ones than we did to actually finding a tree!
Dave and I didn't get a Christmas tree this year (first time for me since I bought my first house almost 10 years ago) since we're moving soon - so we had a good excuse. Everyone else was just easily distracted ;)
And FINALLY Mike found a tree! At this point (we'd been here for at least a half hour..) Adam and Melissa still hadn't found their perfect tree, so we ventured up to a different lot.
My turn with Esther! I (gladly) handed my camera off to Dave for a little bit, so these next few photos are courtesy of him. :)
See Dad, attempting to take charge of the wandering group of tree hunters.
See tree hunters completely ignore Dad's charge attempt and be their silliest
Finally Dave (and baby) lead the group across the street and on to our next task....finding Adam and Melissa's tree!
We failed at finding a tree suitable (aka - good enough for Adam's standards...which means he ought to just buy a fake tree) ;-) in the other lots, so we just took some family photos instead.
In the end Dad & Mom got a tree, and Michael got a tree, Dave and I found a pretty wreath, and we had the chance to be fools with each other and run around a tree farm. Success!
We ended our whole trip with a cup of hot apple cider & a homemade doughnut in the store - best tradition ever.
early 20th century: from German Wanderlust .
Anyone who knows me at all knows that I LIVE to travel. (It drives my husband nuts) I am usually two trips ahead when it comes to planning, and if for some reason I don't have some sort of adventure planned I start getting some serious cabin fever.
Can anyone relate? There is just something about seeing a new place, experiencing a new culture, and meeting new people that thrills me....and I'm (seriously) addicted to it!
To help keep me sane (aka. Occupy a Wanderer) in between our epic adventures Dave and I often explore close to home - and our favorite season is fall! I am in love with the gorgeous colors, and he just enjoys being comfortably cool. A few weeks ago we decided to take (one of our last before the move) a trip exploring Maine and doing some work at the same time.
One of our stops (and all the photos above) was at Tunk Mountain in East Hancock, Maine. If you've been following my blog I've definitely posted photos from Tunk recently, but these are just a little more gorgeous - it is finally fall!
How gorgeous is it!? (and how handsome is my man!? Btw....I've finally complained enough about only having photos of his backside that he's "letting" me take actual photos of him)
We had just enough time to hike about half the trail before the sun went down, so we made the most of it and hiked fast!
The foliage has been a little weird this year, so only about half the trees were actually turning, but the ones that were had the most amazing colors....as you can see. :-)
Our second local adventure (on a different day, these two places are NOT close) was to Aroostook county, to Easton. Dave currently has an inspection up there, and since it's a LONG drive he invited me to keep him company. What a gorgeous ride!
While Dave did his inspection I had time to explore the farm next door and take some fun photos of the old equipment. He only gave me about fifteen minutes, I could totally have used an hour!
Dave bought me an awesome new lens, so of course I made him stop every few miles so I could play with it capture this gorgeous landscape.
In-town Easton there is a cute little pond, and apparently it was the perfect time to see a pretty large flock of geese. Of course I made Dave stop - again.
So, how do you keep a wanderer happy?
Keep her wandering <3
Fall in Maine doesn't last very long...and since this is our last one living in the state we're really trying to enjoy it!
We were supposed to hike Katahdin, but unfortunately (due to my extreme over-scheduling problem) we never had a chance. Hopefully next year we'll be able to make a trip back to Maine to do Katahdin, but either way I promised Megan that we'd do SOMETHING for a hike this weekend instead.
Dave happened to have an inspection out in Jonesport on Saturday, so we drove right past Tunk Mountain, where a friend of mine had actually told me to hike earlier in the year. Perfect reminder!
The drive out to the trailhead itself was gorgeous, reason #1 to come back and hike Tunk!
I love to hike...but I hate hiking while sick. So unfortunately they all had to hike VERY SLOWLY and wait for me as I huffed and puffed and tried to keep up. Thankfully the weather was absolutely perfect, so I wasn't overheating!
was NOT okay with us walking past his tree! He started cheeping and screeching at us so much that we were a little afraid he was going to jump down on us!
Halfway up this section of the trail we took a little break (I was dying again) and had a minor mishap.....Dave pushed (with his foot while resting it during our break) a very large granite block onto my toe.....so at this point I was ready to be done hiking.
Dave found the trail. We were not at the top. We actually weren't even close. (as much as this sounds like I was hating life I actually really enjoyed this hike.....I just felt whiny) :)
Even halfway the view was amazing...the leaves are JUST starting to turn, so we had tons of great color, and the sky was absolutely gorgeous.
Best part of the whole hike - the fissure.
Megan thought we were looking for a Fisher. The fuzzy creature. Click the link, I know you want to.
Elysia thought we were looking for a fisher......man. I don't think I need an example for this one.
Here's what it actually was:
A giant crack in the rock. A FISSURE. Ha.
Tunk Mountain is a fantastic hike - if you're thinking about trying it I'd suggest going in about a week and a half (approximately October 14th, 2015) for peak leaf viewing. BTW that date is a total guess so if you go and the leaves aren't perfectly changed don't blame me. :)
Maine has been pretty hot the last few weeks - but we know fall is just around the corner - so we have been taking advantage! We've also had to be out of the house quite a bit because we've had quite a few showings. (woohoo! praying for offers soon)
Last week two of our lovely sisters bought us a Go-Pro for a wedding gift, so we've had a new toy to play with some on our outdoor adventures! We LOVE it....although we're definitely not very good at it yet.
Our first Go-Pro adventure was to our favorite disc golf course, D.R. Disc Golf in Orrington, Maine. A few of our friends came along, so they're featured in these fabulous (beginner) photos.
I didn't shoot a very good round - but where's the surprise there? :-) Dave is a great disc golfer - me? I'm mediocre at best....but it's an awesome pastime for a beautiful day!
Dave and I adventured into the Bangor City Forest during one of our showings to kill some time...and give Tango a little fresh air. She LOVED it.
I like going to the city forest with Dave, because he knows the trails much better than I do. When I'm there by myself (or with friends) I'm a bit of a chicken....I hate getting lost.
Our walk was perfect, besides our dog without manners.....I may possibly let her get away with anything.....
We did run into one issue, (Warning: this is a pet peeve of mine) our dog isn't good with other dogs,....she's ok as long as they leave her alone....but some dude decided to take his dog for a walk....directly behind us.....off leash. On trails that require leashes. Grr. Thankfully there was a nice split in the trail within a few hundred yards - problem solved!
Until next time <3
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