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Weekend Fun

Good morning and good Monday! This weekend was packed with fun and a perfect mix of end of summer activities and fall activities. I don’t think it gets any better than that! Thursday evening my good friend, Liz, came up to visit for a few days from Boston. We kicked off the weekend with a happy hour drink (or two) at the Corner Room and then did some grilling at home and had a fire.

On Friday I had some classes to teach in the morning and then Liz and I headed to the beach! I still can not believe that we were swimming in the ocean this late in September. The water definitely wasn’t warm but then again it never is in Maine!

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After the beach we came home and showered and then headed out to get some pizza at Otto’s. We also managed to get our own little (GENEROUS) wine tasting because we didn’t know which one we would like to order. Sometimes being indecisive is a very good thing. We were not indecisive on the pulled pork and mango pizza. That was easy.

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On Saturday we started the day off by getting donuts from the Holy Donut and then we went over to the farmer’s market. I love the mix of things at the farmers market right now: pumpkins, apples, watermelons… they have it all! After the market we went home to get bikes and then went for a nice ride downtown to do some shopping. Liz headed back to Boston later in the afternoon and then I went up to Bradbury Mountain to check out a mountain bike race that Angus was doing.

Sunday began with a delicious breakfast at the Bayou Kitchen (we had never been there before yesterday!) with our friend Neil who stayed with us Saturday night. After breakfast was some grocery shopping and then apple picking! We went to Orchard Hill in Cumberland and enjoyed a cider donut, some apple cider, and some pretty fine apple picking.

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After apple picking I went for a mountain bike ride on the trails in Portland. I always forget how much I enjoy mountain biking until fall hits. Then I am all about it! Angus has a cold so opted to stay home which was disappointing but I had a good hour-long ride anyway.

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After my ride I decided to put some of those apples to good use and make an apple crisp. So good! Sunday was a lazy evening hanging out on the couch watching the Age of Adaline. It was a good movie but I think that the previews made it look better. 

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Vermont Mountain Biking

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Last weekend we spent some time in Vermont and did some great mountain biking. Even though Angus lived in Vermont for an entire summer, I still don’t feel like I’ve spent much time biking there and this weekend was such a treat! We stayed with my parent’s friends in Stowe and had a great time! On Saturday we biked on some trails right in Stowe that I would have had no clue existed if we weren’t shown around. We rode in two different places: Sterling Valley and  the Hardy’s Haul trail. Both trails were super fun! Sterling Valley has some up hill but is not all up hill and we rode a great trail that had a bunch of (well made) bridges. Hardy’s Haul was ALL up hill for about three miles and then you come down a nice winding switchback trail called Kimmer’s. Or you can just go right back down the way you came. That would have been fun too.

After riding we enjoyed some of Vermont’s finest foods: Cabot cheese, Bob’s Bread, and Ben and Jerry’s! Oh, and a hot tub 🙂

On Sunday we drove to Kingdom Trails to visit their mountain bike trails. One of our wedding presents was a seasons pass to these trails and it was my first time ever going. When we got there I was sort of like “what on earth is this place?” because normally you park in a dirt parking lot in the woods and there is a little shack that takes your money and then you go ride on trails. You also don’t typically see many people.This was a little different because you parked in a little town that was FILLED with mountain bikers. I didn’t even realize that so many people biked. The riding here was great, even though you have to bike up a GIGANTIC hilly road to actually get to the trails. There are miles and miles of trails and beautiful views. There is also terrain for everyone, even if you’re a beginner. If you ever get a chance to go here, you should!IMG_1230