Monday, September 17, 2012


We enjoyed every minute of our visit to Maine.  Aside from the wedding, we found plenty of time for walks in the woods.  The tall trees tried to steal the show, but the ground was littered with a surprising number of small flowers in bloom.
The little guy in the middle/bottom is an orchid.  You just never know what you're going to find . . . 
. . . like this piece of art we found in a field as we drove down a country road.  Somebody had a lot of fun putting this together.
 The small town of Monmouth was of special interest.
 In the church cemetery we found many tombstones dating as far back as the late 1700's.  
But even more interesting was the Shakespearean Theater.  Where in Monmouth and the surrounding area were they able to find enough talent to present five Shakespearean productions each summer?  It didn't seem there were enough people in the whole area to do even a single production if everyone participated.   
One of the most enjoyable activities was apple picking.  For a few dollars we picked all the apples we could eat and then some.
The trees were loaded!  Every branch looked like it was at the breaking point.
That's Stanley looking for the very sweetest apples in the top of the tree.
Sean and his friend Ashley came along for the fun.  

Sometimes I am amazed by what I don't take pictures of!  I didn't take a single picture of any of the great meals we had thanks to Scott's Uncle Larry.  

I didn't get a single picture of Grandma Helen.  What a dear, dear woman she is.  She always makes us feel like part of her family.  

And speaking of family - all the aunts, uncles, and cousins!  You couldn't have been sweeter or more welcoming.  

Thank you for three beautiful days in Winthrop.  

Our time with Scott was limited to wedding activities, but we had a bit of extra time with Jesse.  By moving our departure time to 4:00AM, we were able to get him to the airport right on time.  I wouldn't want to do that every morning, but it was a small sacrifice to have some time with Jesse before sending him off to Guam again.

One more picture of the wedding:
This photo was taken as Scott and Petrea made some very serious and touching family promises.