That's right... It's an island.
This was my most anticipated adventure we have had for a while. Working on a farm in North Carolina will make anyone sick of the heat real quick. The average temperature out in the field for the past two or three weeks was in the mid to upper 90's with probably 70% humidity. Basically, it's brutal. So when we were given the opportunity to go to Maine I was more than excited to say the least.
We were headed up for Rose's Grandpa's 85th birthday celebration. He lives on a little island in Maine called Deer Isle. It is secluded, in the woods, no people, no internet, no cell service, on the coast, and all fun!
Before we got to Grandpa's cabin we went over Caterpillar Hill which is a popular scenic overlook. It was incredible! You could see miles of woods, coast, and water. We stopped to take some pictures where we were introduced to one of the downsides of going to Maine in the summer...
As soon as we got on the island the temperature dropped to 73 degrees. I was in heaven! Rose's Grandpa's cabin, or rather compound, was way back in the woods with very few neighbors. It was so peaceful and serene. It was only a 5 minute walk to the coast with a beach and everything! Her grandpa is a putterer, as I like to put it, and is exactly how I want to be when I grow up. He has his cabin with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and sitting area. All that you would need in a house. Across the gravel road is his garage, wood shop and an apartment for his guests (where we stayed). A little farther up the lane was his equipment storage area where he had his tractors and some projects he was working on. In the yard of the house he had a greenhouse where he grew some vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, green beans, etc. And further down yet was his studio for more guests complete with it's own outhouse! I loved every bit of his "compound."
When we got there he was not home yet so we got ourselves settled into the apartment and awaited his arrival. I always get nervous meeting new people but once Grandpa showed up I realized there was nothing at all to be nervous about.
He met us all with a huge smile and a hug. He is the nicest guy you will ever want to meet. I've never met anyone who is as friendly, positive, and genuine as he is. He immediately took us for a tour of his compound showing us all the stuff that he had been working on. After learning that I worked on a farm he showed off his greenhouse and we got to talk about crops for a little while which was pretty cool! After the grand tour Rose and I headed to the beach. We spent a couple hours there while dinner was being prepared.
After dinner we all hung out and caught up for a little while before Grandpa went to "put his feet up," as he so famously states every night, before heading off to bed.
He likes pizza.