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Pool Par-tay!

Posted: June 17, 2014 in Dogs, Family Fun, Friends, Tampa
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Yesterday, we headed over to a friends’ house for some super relaxing BBQing and pool time… what fun it was!  Both pups were exhausted at the end of the day..

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Wow… it’s been several months, very long and very challenging months.. happy to have the start of a new year upon us!

Since I last posted… Acadia National Park reopened!  The government still has some major issues to resolve.. but, whatever… I wrapped up my last (allegedly) of five full seasons in Bar Harbor, and New England, moved back to Plant City, started in my new role as the Operations Manager in Tampa, celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, and my thirtieth birthday!  Whew!

The season in Tampa started mid-November, although I felt like I had been on the go from mid-August!  It’s been a challenging few months moving into my new role, constantly learning and adjusting… it’s been a mix of highs and lows as I learn to manage people, and it’s amazing to think that there is still more to learn!  Crazy, right?  Extremely thankful that the season in Tampa is seasonal… for one, I know the itch to travel is going to hit soon!

Richard has been traveling a lot for work, so it feels like we have switched roles..  He headed to Virginia with his father for Thanksgiving (to go hunting, of course) and spent time with Grandma Jane and other family, while I headed over to Mom’s for a relaxing week, and Alex joined us for a lovely meal at home.

After much traveling for work, Richard was finally home a few days before Christmas, and we headed back over to Mom’s and crashed at her place for a few days.  It was quite nice to relax, celebrate Christmas, eat delicious foods and not have to clean up!  We didn’t do any decorating this year… mainly because Richard was out of town and I am not a fan of going into the attic, but I knew I didn’t want to have to clean up either!  Mom got a fabulous black Christmas tree this year, and decorated with white and silver, it was gorgeous!  At work, the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas helped us to celebrate the holidays too, we decorated the terminal and the team wore fun hats… the ship gave us a delicious cake too!

A most fabulous end to 2013 was my fabulous dirty thirty birthday party!  (this deserves a post of its’ own!) ….and I am waiting on the pics from Alex too!

A last minute decision… and it was a great one!  Knowing that we would be living in two different states for the next three months, I wanted to do something with Richard that he is always asking me to do… and I keep putting off.  (I know, I know, I deserve a round of applause and about +200 in the love bank!)

We headed out fairly early (for me) and not early enough for him… with a truckload of supplies, a full tank of gas, and two very excited puppies.  Up to the Gandy Bridge Boat Ramp, and launched the boat for a full day of fun… the weather was HOT but perfect, Richard had a little luck fishing, we found a fairly empty portion of beach along Ft. DeSoto to play on, and the weather stayed great all day.

Here’s a few snaps from the day:

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My first trip to the beach (in Florida) this summer!

Richard suggested heading out to Ft. DeSoto on Saturday, July 13, and spending the day in the sun and sand.

It was a beautiful day, we stopped to pick up sandwiches on the way out, and sat under our beach tent while enjoying the other dogs around us, and the waves crashing in the forefront.  The dogs were not so thrilled about the sand at first, as always…. but Oscar really got into rolling around in it…. he looked a little like cat poo in the litter box by the time he was done.  It was hilarious!  Brisbee jumped into the water by herself, she hates to be left on the beach while Richard and I are in the water.  Oscar was less interested, and patrolled the beach and manned our tent instead.

As usual, this last month has been fairly hectic and I am slacking again on sharing with the world the most recent excitement in our lives.

The Vaughan’s came to Bar Harbor!  Richard spent a whole week, count ’em… 7 WHOLE DAYS!  In the past, he has only had the opportunity to come up for the weekend, and we attempt to cram a month’s worth of catching up in some very short hours.  This time…. it was awesome!  My in-laws were also able to join us for a week’s worth of adventures… and seeing that it was over 4th of July holiday.. it was an booming week of fun!

Richard arrived from North Carolina.. where he had spent the weekend training at a church the company had just recently installed some equipment in.  It was a nice surprise.. as he arrived about 5 hours earlier than we had originally planned.  His parents were driving up from Florida, and made several stops along the way, with family and friends, and arrived early afternoon on Monday.

Our first night, we headed over to Stewman’s Lobster Pound, http://stewmanslobsterpound.com, for dinner.  My father-in-law dug into a full downeast lobster experience… clam chowder, lobster, mussels, corn, potatoes and blueberry pie!

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Richard’s Downeast Lobster Experience

With rain expected for Tuesday, we headed into Acadia National Park.. I don’t care what the weather is like, the Park is beautiful every time.  We hit Park Loop Road and saw all the highlights: Sieur de Monts Spring, the Abbe Museum, Park Loop Road, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Bass Harbor Head Light, Sea Wall… the Jesup Path was amazing… Richard remembered walking it on one of his first visits to Bar Harbor… we headed back out to find it, and some wildlife along the way.

The next morning may have been the highlight of the whole trip… at least, for the boys.  As a Father’s Day gift, the boys hopped into an open cockpit biplane, http://acadiaairtours.com/biplane_flights, and took off for about 18 minutes of exhilarating fun!

We headed back into Acadia National Park with a box lunch in hand… and to Otter Cliffs, which is one of my new favorite locations.

And then we headed up to South Bubble and Balance Rock… one of my absolute favorite hikes!  It is sooooo gorgeous once you get up to the top, and the hike up isn’t so bad either.  Keeping in mind that it had been raining in Bar Harbor for what felt like days on end, it was quite a wet hike up, but totally worth the view from the top.

We rounded out the evening with a trip up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, and watched the sunset from the Blue Hill Overlook – it was spectacular!

July 4th!  One of my absolute favorite days in Bar Harbor…. simply because it is celebrated small town style.  What that means specifically…. good ole’ fashioned pancake breakfasts, a parade with more than 1,000 participants, lobstah races in the baseball fields, arts and crafts market, lobstah meals, ice cream, pies and other yummy desserts for sale, to raise money for local non-profits and other local groups.  We headed to Cherrystones for breakfast, and front row seats of the parade, it is always so much fun to see what the floats will look like every year!  After, we headed down to the ball park.. it was sooooo hot that day, and a Sno-Cone was in order!  While waiting for the fireworks over the Harbor later that evening, we headed to Pirate’s Cove for a little competitive putt-putt, http://www.piratescove.net/bar-harbor.  I lost.  Good news?  I got a free ice cream across the street at Udder Heaven, http://udderheaven.com!  The fireworks were awesome… best I have seen in 5 years, check it out here!

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Friday was back to work, and the in-laws were leaving the island.  What a fun week!

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, http://www.shenannigansirishpubbostonma.com, the martinis were wicked good.. and it was decided (as it was the only place open…) that dinner would be pizza, from http://www.broadwaypizzaboston.com.  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, http://bostonsupertours.com.. 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, http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/index.jsp.  Before the game, Brisbee and I headed down to Sullivan’s, http://www.sullivanscastleisland.com, for lunch… it was a gorgeous sight!  The water was just so pretty, and Brisbee enjoyed the french fries!

 

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

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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….

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

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Today… Brisbee and I went to Eagle Lake, http://www.acadiamagic.com/eagle-lake.htm.  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!