Before we left for Austria I'd won a guide to all of the Boothbay Region Land Trust hikes and decided that a family goal would be to try all of them. We got though quite a few before we had to leave the country, and now that we're back I'm determined to finish the rest. So yesterday, we hiked Oven's Mouth West. We've done Oven's Mouth East dozens of times, but never the west. It was lovely. Anna McConnell came with us and brought her camera, so hopefully I'll get some pictures from her soon that I can add to this post.
Here's Maggie with a flag she made. It's a fern lashed to a stick by the ingenious teamwork of me and Anna. Plus some native American know-how and a supple green stick.
Me and my little hiker pro, who only demanded to be carried 3/4 of the time.
At one point the most perfect forest stream you could possibly imagine crossed our trail and we stopped for 20 minutes to play. Nina couldn't get enough of it!
Oven's Mouth West is longer than Oven's Mouth East, so we ended up cutting back via a shortcut and missing out on the west side marsh portion. The long loop is about 2.5 miles and we probably did 1.7, which still took us 2 hours, so it might be something we save for next spring. We shall see.
After that Nick and I went to a library fundraiser and the girls had a babysitter. They haven't had a sitter in ages, and it was a smashing success. She's one of my students and a total doll. The girls were even asleep when we got home! Oh miracle of miracles!
The fundraiser was a total blast too. It was a poetry slam/wine tasting event (The Poetry of Wine was the title), and there was sooo much delicious wine and food--even a Gruner Veltliner and spaetzle. Good times.
Today we did church and Sunday school before the Brunswick family visited, then cookie baking and soon a bath. So if I'm a little more incoherent than usual today it's because I'm even more tired than usual. I've got to switch off of "summer vacation weekend mode" and into "school year weekend mode."