Archive for June, 2013

SO… after what feels like months of planning… Uncle Billy’s Super Secret 50th Birthday Bash went off without a hitch!  (well, maybe just some small hitches…)

Alex flew up on Tuesday night before the party, and we had some great plans…  Wednesday was a late morning sleeping in, and lots of rain, we took a drive thru Acadia National Park and bummed around town.

Thursday was an exciting day!  #46 on my bucket list was accomplished… ROCK CLIMBING!!  I have been driving by the Atlantic Climbing School for the last five seasons in Bar Harbor, just waiting on the opportunity (and someone who is willing) to go climbing!  It was absolutely exhilarating and exhausting..

Everyone else started to come into town on Friday…. I went off to work, and Alex went up to the airport to collect Mom.  Everyone else was driving in… arriving between 6:00 and 6:30pm.  My stomach had butterflies.. so excited!!!   The timing was close… Uncle Billy was under the impression he was coming up to the spend the weekend with Dad and I.. Aunt Heidi was in on the BIG secret…. everyone had met at Rupununi’s,, on the back deck… and hid away, waiting for Uncle Billy’s grand entrance!  You can watch the grand entrance by clicking on this link.  It was so awesome that everyone came together to celebrate Billy’s 50th birthday!  Later that night, we headed down to Cottage St. Pub, a hole in the wall in town, but a fabulous little pub!

Saturday morning came early…. plans had been altered many times over the weeks leading up to the Birthday Bash Weekend, but ultimately, we headed out on the 12noon Whale Watch with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company,  This was when the most major of the hitches occurred…. apparently, the Voltz’s are subject to motion sickness… quite a few of the folks on board experienced sickness… but, overall, I think we saw 9 whales, 2 lighthouses, seals, puffins, seagulls, otters, and it was very cool!  Aunt Debbie was contracted to provide some Team Voltz shirts, which we all wore while on the cruise!

And Saturday night was THE Big Event.  Hosted at CherrySTONES Restaurant,, and the amazing cake was made by Morning Glory Bakery,, the one of the highlights had to the gag gifts… no real/regular gifts were allowed, and everyone came thru!  Hilarious items such as a huge universal remote control, a bed pan, an old wind bag, hemorrhoid cream, a 50-count bag of marbles, and other hilarious items added to the laughter.


What a lovely week in Beantown…. the weather was spectacular, the friends were fabulous..

I headed down on Sunday night after work, and arrived in enough time to miss dinner.  We headed out to find some adult beverages, in Shenannigan’s,, the martinis were wicked good.. and it was decided (as it was the only place open…) that dinner would be pizza, from  We took it to go and headed back to the apartment… all I can recall is that the pizza was really good, and I slept like a rock!

On Monday, courtesy of a colleague, the girls and I headed out on a Duck and Trolley tour, and took a dip in the Boston Harbor!


On Tuesday, I headed out with Joanne to the Carnival Glory, making their first call of the season into Boston… had the opportunity to meet new people and see old friends.. well worth it!


And on Wednesday, the highlight was the Boston Red Sox game!  Even though the Sox lost, it was neat to be in Fenway Park,  Before the game, Brisbee and I headed down to Sullivan’s,, for lunch… it was a gorgeous sight!  The water was just so pretty, and Brisbee enjoyed the french fries!



The following Sunday, I met Joanne in Portland as the Carnival Glory was calling on Monday.. we had dinner at Longhorn’s, delicious!

pwm glory


What a fun week!

The last few days have been beautiful!  The weather has been spectacular…. and the fun has been just that, so much fun!!

Thursday…. Brisbee and I headed down to Salisbury Cove….



That evening, I headed to Southwest Harbor, where a good friend was in his debut art show!



Today… Brisbee and I went to Eagle Lake,  There is a 6 mile Carriage Rood that goes around the lake, and we walked it… needless to say, she is passed out on the couch, and I am just exhausted!


Our next adventure starts tomorrow afternoon…. we are headed to Boston!