We just returned from a much needed vacation in Marblehead, MA. Two days of driving, but worth it.
We stopped first at Tony's sister's place in Maine. Our brother in law, Chuck, of Cycles Immortal Fame is a mechanic extraordinaire. Pretty cool for Dusty to have an uncle with a shop full of motorcycles and at the moment a car that looks like this.
Day two we continued on our way and stopped in Portland, ME for lunch. Such a cool city. Dusty was really taken by the cobblestone streets and wondered if all streets looked that way when I was a little girl.
I've been to Portland many times, but this was the first time we explored the not so traveled alley ways. Amazing what you can find. It was a side to Portland we had never really noticed before.
We came upon this awesome diner. It was down a street filled with fish processing kind of places, wooden sidewalks, and cobblestone peaking through the pavement. Unfortunately, we had already eaten, but two local girls told us it was the place to go. Next time.
Arrived in Marblehead on Friday afternoon. We did more than I could possibly tell you about, but one of our highlights of the trip was heading out in our friend Felix's boat with his daughter, Maya. I have never seen a kid as excited to be out on the ocean. Here she is kissing a fish. Unbridled passion, I guess.
Dusty got to be the captain. I just closed my eyes and assumed the dads wouldn't let us go under.
Felix took us to the Boston Yacht Club for dinner. I have to give you a little background story here. We stayed with one of our favourite families, Sally, Dan, Sarah and Evan. Evan is now a teenager, but as a boy he loved Lego as much as Dusty. They have a whole attic full. They even had the Holy Grail of all Lego sets- Darth Vader's Star Destroyer. Dusty will tell you how much that thing costs, but I won't. To make a long story short, they gave it to Dusty. Finally, Dusty got the Darth Vader mini figure with his 1 1/4inch long, red light sabre. Well, at the yacht club we were eating on the deck with floor boards that had tiny cracks between them. Under those boards was the Atlantic ocean. Can you guess what comes next? Yes, the light sabre fell between the cracks. Here's Tony looking for it. Felix even hijacked a row boat to try and find it. But, alas, no hope. To say Dusty cried would be an understatement. Life as we knew it was over. Maya kept trying to console Dusty, but it was hopeless. When we got back to Sally and Dan's place, Dan went up to the attic and found another light sabre. Dusty's words were, "Life is good!"
Really what this trip was all about was this photo here. Grammy. Of course all the other people that we love so much and hardly get to see, but mostly- Grammy.