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As the rain pours down outside, the girls have made a fort of our outside shed and built cars out of cardboard boxes. While they play (mostly) happily, I decided I’d better start catching up on our summer posts before it is over altogether!

We spent our last couple of days in Maine exploring the towns of the southern coast. Our first stop was Camden where we happened to meet up with an old friend from my undergrad days in Arizona. Heather and her family were in Maine on vacation at the same time. Small world!! IMG_0400

After lunch our next two days we hit Freeport, Portland, and Cape Elizabeth where we stayed in my new favorite hotel. Seriously. I want to live there. We got a killer deal thanks to Lauren’s previous experience in the area and a phone app I will never road trip without again. They have a pool and a firepit with free s’mores…which they MAY have set up for us at 8AM our first morning there so my eager beaver daughters could have some morning treats before the rain came in! We had our first cool/rainy weather of the trip here and it was perfect for snuggling up for a good movie…oh! And for the most AMAZING bath ever while super- awesome-best-aunt-ever-Lauren took the girls to the pool again so mommy could RELAX! (Note to self: I need to make a habit of only staying in hotels that have humongous fancy bathtubs with specialty bath salts).

IMG_0406 IMG_0407They opened the pool early so these goobers could be in by 7:53. Weirdos! I, meanwhile, sat respectably and warmly on the side with just my feet in.IMG_0418 They set all this up JUST for us!! Outstanding customer service. So friendly. (And I worked at a five diamond resort in college…I know customer service.) If you go to Southern Maine, stay at the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth. You won’t regret it. Seeing as how we needed quarters to shower for the first part of our trip, this splurge was extra fun!IMG_0419 IMG_0421 IMG_0435The view from our room. The border to the property is a natural land reclamation project so it’s all natural plant life. A walkway from the Inn leads down to the Ocean:IMG_0440Our last morning in Maine we hit up one more lighthouse before departing the state. Nubble Light Head:IMG_0453

IMG_0455 IMG_0457And that concludes our time in Maine! Down to Boston we headed.