After a solid nights sleep we woke up ready for day two of island life!
Today more of my family was on their way up to visit, which meant we had some shopping and beach time to get in before they arrived! I wanted to show Cameron some of my favorite places on the island so we headed out pretty early with Glen (sorry mom) to get a good start on the day! To get to any stores you had a pretty decent sized car ride. However, what's great about the island is no matter how far you travel the views are so incredible it never feels long. Even as a youngin' I don't think I ever felt like the ride was dull. Maine island roads are up and down and curvy all around. It's like you are traveling on a beautiful scenic roller coaster. We made our way along the shoreline roads and down into Stonington, ME. My memories of Stonington consist of my three brothers and I sitting along the fisherman's wharf eating fried seafood enjoying all the boats coming in and out (I am sure there is a picture floating around somewhere out there).
We parked along the dock and watched the fisherman prepare their boats and head out to sea. What catches the day would bring in! As we walked along we admired the shops and little inns that were all along the street. What is neat about Stonington is that it has so much history. It is always just quaint and beautiful rain or shine. My grandpa could tell you so much about the history of granite and the quarries on the island as well as the fisherman who lived around the island.
After getting some silly pictures and great sights we headed back to the car to continue on to the market! Along our drive we spotted some more beautiful lookout areas and stopped for pictures. Deer Isle is superb for photographers because every where you go you're surrounded by coast and great shots. I had my mom pull over when we got close to Burnt Cove Market. There was not a car or person in sight. This lobster shack was over looking a little inlet that led out to the ocean
Satisfied with my very Maine-esque pictures we continued on our way to Burnt Cove. Some fun tidbits about Burnt Cove market are: 1. I swear in my 23 years of going to Maine the market has not changed one bit. It always looks and feels the exact same. 2. It's got all you need so you never have to leave the island (It isn't huge, but rather contains everything you need to survive. 3. You definitely see some "Maine" characters in there. 4. It's the best place to go for "Maine" paraphernalia.
We got the essentials (mostly beer) for dinner and the party on Saturday and headed back to grandpas! But first I made mom pull over one last time to get some more shots!
Once we got back to Grandpas, John had made it up to Maine! Welcome Johnny! Grandpa treated us to some DELICIOUS crab sandwiches and then mom, Cameron and I changed into suits and headed to the beach! Maine beach is my favorite... Since it's a private secluded beach we are always spoiled and get the whole place to ourselves. Mom and I like to redo our favorite picture together...
We enjoyed our adult beverages on the beach all afternoon before calling it a day and heading back up to get ready for dinner. More family arrived... Welcome Auntie Joanie & cousins. That night after some yummy hot dogs we went back down to the beach and I took some shots of my cousin who is into yoga. Another relaxing night on the island surrounded by family!
He likes pizza.