Weekend Getaways: Ice Castels & Snowboarding

Yet another long overdue post. What’s new right? I always do this to myself. There’s so much I want to do.. stream on Twitch, update my blog, create content for my Youtube channel and of course, do my school assignments. But the thing is, I can only focus on one thing at a time and leaving the rest unattended. When I’mΒ working on the things for my Twitch live stream channel, I’ll spend so much time on it that I don’t do all the other things that I’m also supposed to do. Same goes to the times when I’m working on my Youtube, blog posts, etc.Β Le sigh. Anyway…

J brought me up to New Hampshire a few weeks ago to see the ice castles and go snowboarding. I needed that weekend break. Things have been moving so fast for me that it’s hard to slow down, and every now and then, I seek out short getaway like that to keep myself sane. Usually, I’d be the one planning the trip but this particular one was special because it was J who planned it all (he was even the one who suggested for us to go for a trip). That, ladies and gents, is something so very extremely rare because J just doesn’t plan things, lol.

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A Trip to Maine – End

We woke up a little bit later than the day before mainly because we were dead beat. Since our checkout time was 11 am, we packed up most of our things and put them in the car before we went to get some breakfast so by the time we were done eating we could have a little bit more of relax time. I wanted to take it all in one more time before we leave so after checking out we went to a walk around the resort area and took more picture, of course!

We didn’t really know where to go next at first until Jeff suggested a brilliant idea for us to check out Mount Battie. And apparently you can get to the summit by car! Since we were driving the car to go to the summit, the entrance fee was $4.50 per person, but the view from up there was just breathtaking and so worth it! We got to climb up a stone tower and see the full panoramic view Camden Harbor, Penobscot Bay, surrounding hills, Downtown Camden and more!

We then made our way back to Downtown Camden since we both wanted to get some souvenirs to bring back and the last time that we were there most of the shops were already closed. Along the way we made a quick stop to Camden Harbor to take a few pictures. As we were walking Jeff gave me a flower! He doesn’t always do such gestures, so when he does I get so emotional over it. Anyway, we then went into a shop called The Smiling Cow and purchased quite a bit of things. Jeff even surprised me with a pair of beautiful teal earrings! Me being the emotional girl that I am, of course I cried! I love his gift so much that I wanted to wear them right away! Twice in a day he was being sweet and romantic, doesn’t get any better than that.. or does it?

We continued walking for quite some time, checking out the quaint little shops that Downtown Camden has to offer. At one corner of it, we stumbled upon a really adorable little smoothie shack that we decided to try. Ooh, let me tell you! Those smoothies were delicious and you ought to give it a try when you’re there! And as we were waiting for our smoothies we found out that there was a Camden Foreign Car Show going on and we decided to check it out since we had the time. My favorite was the white one and Jeff’s was the red one!

By the time we were done checking out all of the cars, it was about lunch time and I thought it’d be a good idea for us to get some food before driving back and so we settled to have our lunch at this nice little restaurant by the harbor called Fresh. Tasty food, great service, relaxing outdoor ambiance — definitely would recommend anyone to try this place out!

Afterwards, we started making our way back down to Massachusetts but along the way we stopped at an antique store since we both have never been to one and there are a plenty over in Maine might as well, right? I must say, they do have all sorts of interesting, random, vintage things! One more thing crossed off my bucket list!

The drive home wasn’t as bad as we thought it’d be as we were expecting heavy traffic somewhere along the way. Without a doubt, this trip has been one of my all time favorite trips and the fact that I was lucky to spend it with my better half, it made it twice as better. I look forward to growing old with you and I can’t wait for more trips with you, sayang! Thank you for reading, you! Share with me one of your favorite trips/adventures! I’d love to know! Until then, I hope you’ll have a wonderful Friday!

A Trip to Maine – Part 2

That was what we woke up to every morning throughout our stay! So beautiful and serene. Plus, the weather throughout the past weekend was amazing. I’m still having a withdrawal… Anyway, we woke up pretty early on Saturday morning thanks to Mr. Sun. I loved it though. It’s like being woken up by a bundle of energy, no grogginess or whatsoever. Jeff on the other hand.. he definitely hates it, haha!

We went to check the laundry room before we had our breakfast because.. Ophelia my evil lovely cat peed on some of our clothes. Le sigh. Yep, so when Jeff placed the luggage on the floor the night we were packing our things, she somehow managed to pee in it in the middle of the night. Poor Jeff had to find out the hard way, he was about to put on a shirt when he smelled the pee. So glad that the place that we were staying in has on-site laundry and dryer machines! Feeling relieved, we went over to the breakfast corner to feed our hungry tummies. The free continental breakfast wasn’t bad at all, in fact, I loved it. They served quite a variety of breakfast from boiled eggs, yoghurt, bread, croissants to fruit salad which was my favorite (and the almond croissants!). We sat outside while eating our breakfast, totally feeling like retired couples enjoying our retirement days, lol.

Afterwards, we went back into our room to start packing for our little picnic date. We didn’t really have any place in mind so we decided to Google some of the places nearby. We were contemplating between having the picnic at the nearby beach or to take a one mile hike up Mount Mengunticook where we can enjoy the view of lake Megunticook while having our picnic. We ended up choosing the latter and plan to go to the beach after the picnic instead because the internet said (gotta trust the internet, lol) “enjoy a mile hike up the mountain to find a beautifully placed cross and spectacular view. Have a picnic at the top over-looking one of Maine’s most beautiful lakes” and we thought that was perfect for our plan so off we went!

The hike up the mountain was quite a terrible experience for me considering the fact that I was wearing a dress.. and if it wasn’t because Jeff managed to convince me to wear my sport shoes, I would’ve been hiking with my flats! I totally didn’t expect it to be a real hike because all the other hikes that I’ve done were nothing compared this. But putting all the bugs and whining aside, I enjoyed the hike! I just wished I was better prepared and dressed for it. Other hikers probably thought I was crazy for wearing a dress, hahaha! Oh, and we also saw a woodpecker! My first time ever seeing it in real life. Well I didn’t know if it was really a woodpecker until I Googled it, lol. Thank you Google!

We chose not to hike up to the summit and settled to end our hike when we reached the Maiden Cliff. Once we were there, it took us a few minutes to take in the magnificent view. It felt so surreal. I felt so happy to be able to make it up there because ooh, let me tell you, I was so ready to give up half way. Ask Jeff, he’ll tell you, hahaha! If it wasn’t for him helping me and guiding me, I think it would’ve taken me a lot longer time to reach the cliff.

After recovering from our hike, we set up our little picnic spot and what else? Ate! It was amazing and relaxing at the same time to sit by the cliff, munching on homemade food while overlooking such picturesque view with someone that you’re hoping to spend the rest of your life with. We ended up only eating Jeff’s tuna sandwich and the pico de gallo with chips despite bringing all the other food, hahaha! And by the way, I’m loving my new picnic basket as well as picnic blanket that I bought just for this occasion! Totally recommended.

For the most part, we were the only ones up there and the only ones who were having a picnic by the Maiden Cliff because most hikers were there for the view. It was perfect and it felt like the place belonged to us. We even brought a bottle of pink moscato and did a toast to our relationship, our love as well as Elenora, the twelve-year old girl who fell from the cliff because we set up our picnic spot right behind her white cross memorial.

The descent wasn’t too bad at all! We were down in probably about half an hour? Or perhaps less than that. We drove around the area for a little bit and then we decided to go back to Gleenmoor to put away our picnic stuff before going out again to check out the nearby beach and Downtown Camden.

Lincolnville beach was a lot smaller than we pictured it but it was definitely a lot more relaxing. Less of that hustle and bustle. The waves would grow bigger each time a boat or ferry leaves the dock and the kids would start screaming in happiness. Very adorable. I love people-watching. It kind of lets you put a “pause” on your life and just watch others imagining the what, where, how about the people. It’s kind of therapeutic, don’t you think? Or is it just me that enjoys it? Haha! Anyway, we left the beach and made our way to play some mini golf somewhere in Rockport. I lost to Jeff.. what’s new right? I thought I had him until I lost my mojo because he stole my turn at one point, hahaha. Keeding! Then we made our way to Downtown Camden. I wasn’t expecting it, but Jeff actually managed to find a store that sells Magic the Gathering cards! We were looking for Walmart or Target nearby the day that we arrived but we couldn’t find any that’s closer than an hour away. Our plan for the night was set then, we were so excited you have no idea, lol.

Downtown Camden was delightful! I love everything about it, and especially the friendly people. I told Jeff that I was craving some seafood so we decided to have our dinner at a restaurant called Cappy’s Chowder House. Everybody who knows me, knows that I love, love, love, love me some calamari and Cappy’s is one the best that I’ve ever had! Every single thing that we ordered was so scrumptious! The restaurant itself has a view through the back window overlooking the harbor. If you’re planning to visit the area, you should definitely give this place a try! Ugh, I get hungry just thinking about the food!

We went back to Glenmoor with happy bellies and… you’ve guessed it we spent our night doing laundry, playing Magic cards while watching “How It’s Made” and “My Cat from Hell”. We only played one round before we decided it’s time to call it a night though, haha. But.. I WON! Ha! I don’t get to say that often, especially because of the fact that I won with no help from Jeff! It was a wonderful day, nothing less than perfect.