WE MADE IT TO MAINE!
After completing alllmost 100% of our renovation, experiencing an unexpected overnight layover in Detroit and a long car ride home – WE MADE IT! And what did we do the first day we were in Maine? . . . We made our way out to an island!
I think this officially means we’re island people!
Aaron’s sister-in-law has been telling us of this amazing island, where time has stood still, for years. In all my years traveling back and forth to Maine (and even our summer living here last year) we had’t made it out, until now. And now that I’ve seen it, I can say that it’s a little slice of paradise in Maine.
The island is called Monhegan Island and it’s her favorite place in the world. About 12 miles off the mainland, it boasts some insanely beautiful rocky coastline views, a beautiful main street with artists everywhere, puffin birds in the summer and awesome hiking around the entire isle.
We took a ferry out of the midcoast area, Port Clyde to be exact, and shivered our way out through foggy seas. By the time we got to the island, a lot of the fog had burned off and the sun was starting to peek out! There to greet us were sailboats at moorings, fishermen on the pier and beautiful homes on the cliffside. It was gorgeous; out of a story book. What a perfect first day in Maine!
(If you’ve read this post of books I recommend, you’ll find Sweet Salt Air listed. It’s is a lovely fiction book about an island off of Maine)
We got off the boat, I met a sweet little island kitty and then we hit the trail. We hiked around the outer edge of the island for about four hours, stopping to admire + photograph breathtaking view after breathtaking view. For those on the west coast, I would compare it to Big Sur at many of the view points. So beautiful!
After hiking, we headed into town to the Fish House. Their lobster rolls + calamari salad were delicious. And just what we needed!
Right outside of the Fish House is a beautiful little cove with sand and lots of seaglass. As soon as we arrived to lunch my eyes were drawn to the turquoise blue water. This is a rare sighting in Maine but after just leaving Hawai’i, this is what I yearned for. I hoped that I could brave the freezing cold island water to take a dip.
We ate, soaked up the sun and admired our nephew’s seaglass finds. Before long, my sister-in-love (Raechelle) asked if I was going to get in. . .I reluctantly replied, “Yes. . .” and headed for the beach. (To set the record straight – younger me would have said, “Hell no! It’s WAY too cold!”)
So when I ran down to the beach + dove head first under the water before anyone else, Raechelle was shocked! Asking, “Who are you + what have you done with Elana?!” Perhaps I am a new me. Perhaps I’ve grown more adventurous. Less weary of things. I floated for a few seconds until my body became numb + I emerged with a HUGE grin on my face (shivering, of course). It was absolutely frigid but SO WORTH IT!
Raechelle got in, Eli (our little fish of a nephew) of course got in and so did Aaron. We defrosted in the sun then headed down the dirt road to Monhegan Brewing Company, stopping to get Eli an ice cream cone on the way. We all got IPAs at the brewery which were great toppers on this awesome summer day.
The last exciting part of our day, and potentially the most note worthy, was right before we hopped on the boat headed back for the mainland. We had heard that it was tradition for the local kids on the island to jump off the pier when a ferry departs. (What a fun tradition! I want to raise my kids on an island!)
Since we were going to be ON the last ferry, we unfortunately couldn’t partake. But the boys wanted to jump anyways! Aaron and his brother Matt lined up with another woman we met on the trail, they counted down and went flying down the 25 foot drop until they splashed into the water. BRRR! . . . Right as they come up gasping for air in the freezing cold water, we hear Eli (he’s seven) scream “HERE I COME!!” and see him fling himself fearlessly off the pier down towards his uncle and father. Everyone on the pier was shocked! What seven year old does that?! Shocked and so proud.
This was our final farewell! The champagne pop to a phenomenal day spent with loved one. I’m so honored Raechelle shared her slice of paradise right here in Maine with us! What a magical place. It was an amazing start to our trip and I hope to revisit this place for years to come.
Relive the day with me through the photos below. . .