Lake Days

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We could not have caught a better week weather wise. The days have been sunny and 75 and the nights have been perfect for sleeping. I’ve managed to get a little tan, and not a farmer-tan this time!!! One day of our trip was spent at scenic Wilson Pond in Wilton, which has clean, clear water and a gorgeous view of the mountains.

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Swimsuit // Floppy Hat

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The following day, we drove over to Belgrade Lakes to rent a paddle board, and all took turns paddling around the lake. The water was so clear you could see the bottom and I found paddling past loons (literally me) relaxing and fun. I even attempted a handstand, and while it looks good in the photo, I ended up topping over the front of the board, into the water. After my slight fall, I managed to land two more hand stands on the board, not gracefully, I must add.

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In planning our day of paddle boarding, I did some online research and only found overpriced rental places. We decided to avoid all of these listed locations and instead go to Castle Island Camps. In addition to paddle boards, they rent kayaks, canoes and motorboats and were extremely friendly and laid back. We will definitely be going back to them in the future and I can’t recommend them enough.

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We’re in Maine!

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Every July, for as long as I can remember, my parents and I have come up to The Camp in Maine for vacation. It’s so relaxing and there is no pressure to go see or do anything which gives me a chance to read for fun, paint and shoot. While returning to the same place every year can get a bit monotonous, we know what we like to eat, where we like to go, and where we want to return to. On the first day of our trip, we decided to hike up French’s Mountain in Rome. We did this particular hike last year as well (see the post here), but because it was so easy and had such a great view, we decided to go again.

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No… She doesn’t bite…

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Popover // Shorts // Hat // Shoes

Happy Fourth!

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Happy Independence Day! I think this year was one of the most low-key Fourths I’ve had in awhile, maybe forever. When I was younger, my family would always spend the holiday in Maine and watch the small town parade in the morning, followed by a long day at the river. Today, though, was spent baking a completely dairy-free cake (it’s chocolate under that flag, recipe coming soon) as well as playing with sparklers, trying to spell words and draw shapes. I made sure to get Delila nice and patriotic with a star printed bandana made from a 19″ square of fabric. Experimenting with the new recipe, decorating the cake and lighting sparklers for the first time all served as highlights from the day and made for a great 4th of July!

Lover’s Leap Bridge

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This beautiful red bridge has been on my list of spots to visit since September. I initially intended to visit in the fall, until I realized that it was a full two hours west in New Milford, Connecticut. Fortunately, this past week I got the chance to visit, along with a couple of other spots. I met up with one of my school friends who lives in New Jersey, since the general vicinity of the bridge was the half way point between the two of us.

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I’m loving that the fourth falls on a Wednesday this year. Not only do we get to be patriotic for two consecutive weekends, but also for a day in the middle of the week! The red bridge was the perfect backdrop to this dress (similar options here, here and here), which would be ideal for this time of year, either for a 4th of July celebration or a day spent strawberry picking. The pockets in the front add a cute and practical touch, and the checkers make me feel like I’m wearing a table cloth in the best, most comfortable way possible.

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Beach Blush

It’s finally Summer! This past weekend I finished up with two of my three summer classes and hit the halfway mark for my third. I finally feel like I’m actually on summer break… at least for the next month. Because I no longer have schoolwork hanging over my head this week, I’m packing it full of day trips, tennis matches (that don’t get very far because it’s been awhile) and sunsets. I put together this little look-book of a few fun summer pieces.

This year especially, I’m loving straw hats and bags. This one even has seersucker lining.  The white shorts below are also great. I had them last year until an unfortunate shrinking incident but finally decided to reorder them since they are on sale. Who knew you couldn’t just wash linen in warm water with everything else?!?!

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Highland Light

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I’m back to recap part 2 of my Cape Cod road trip. After departing Nauset light (read part 1 here), the one planned destination of our day, we headed north toward Provincetown to see what we would find. After about twenty minutes of driving, I announced that the next sign for something we saw, we would get off at and go to, no matter what it was. Moments later, we passed a sign for Highland Light, turned off Route 6 and headed down the road. As we approached the light, we noticed people up in it and went to inquire. Soon enough, we were inside and listening to the history of the lighthouse before climbing up ourselves.

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Highland light, located in the town of Truro, was originally called Cape Cod light. It was Cape Cod’s first lighthouse and is still in use by the Coast Guard. However, since the Cape is constantly eroding and more and more sand is falling into the Atlantic, the lighthouse had to be moved back without being taken apart. However, since no oil could be used on the land to loosen it up when it got stuck, they had to bring in bars of soap to make it more slippery and able to be moved.

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After learning some of the history of the light and the surrounding area, Alex and I began our climb to the top, up steep and narrow spiral staircases and ladders. From the top, there were indicators pointing out what was exactly ahead of us in every direction. The view was worth the climb. We timed it just right as only a couple joined us on our tour, while earlier in the day there had easily been 6 or 7 people taking in the view from the top at once. I guess that’s the perk of going at lunchtime!

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After departing the light, we continued to Provincetown, but because the place was such a disaster, I couldn’t find a place to park the car to explore the sandbars. Additionally, the radio no longer came in so we were forced to listen to the one CD my Father had in his car: The Kingston Trio 😭.  Surprisingly, I remembered almost every lyric of every song from my early childhood and was able to sing along. Unfortunately, my delighted performance nearly made Alex cry… oops!

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Similar Top // Denim Skirt // Sunglasses

 

 

Lemonade Trucker

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Beep, beep! Today I went to get some Del’s and almost left with the truck! Del’s is one of those things unique to Rhode Island. It’s frozen lemonade that taste’s completely different from any other lemonade and is so good. As described on the truck, it’s “refreshingly different” and while I’m sure it is all natural, I’m also absolutely certain there is a lot of natural sugar in it as well. The debate is if it’s best with a spoon or a straw. I personally say neither and just drink it out of the cup. However, it’s interesting to see how locations now carry spoons and straws when in past years they only had one or another.