Fall Bucket List


Go apple picking

Toast marshmallows in the fire pit

Jump into a pile of leaves

Attempt baked pumpkin French toast

Visit a pumpkin patch

Go trick-or-treating

Make caramel apples

Gallop through the foliage

Take a scenic road trip with the Puppy

Make an apple pie

Visit a covered bridge

Carve a pumpkin

Maine 2017

Every July, for as long as I can remember, my family has packed up the car and driven up to our hunting cabin in Temple, Maine to spend a week relaxing, hiking, shooting and exploring. This year’s trip was just as fun as the past ones, if not more. In this post, I will be sharing what we did and where we went!


Sunday: We packed up the car and hit the road, listening to Delila chomp out the window all the way. A couple of hours in, we made a pit stop in Kittery to pick up some cupcakes. After buying the cupcakes, I followed my mom to the rest room and watched as she, very confused, looked around before speed walking out. She’d led me into the men’s room and didn’t realize for a few moments. The worst part is, it took us way too long to find the women’s room (right next door). Maybe they should’ve opened the doors to both bathrooms to avoid confusion, and maybe we should’ve actually looked at the sign on the door. Oh well!


Eventually, we made it to the camp and, before going to bed, saw a beautiful rainbow outside.


Monday: This was our first full day up north. We started the day with breakfast at Homestead Bakery before driving out to Rome to hike up French Mountain. The hike was easy and the views were gorgeous! As we were climbing down, we ran into a woman who remarked that her husband and kids were behind her and that she was continuing up all alone because “they just couldn’t make it.” When we ran into them moments after, we figured out exactly why they couldn’t make it. As it turned out, her children were three and five years old, much smaller than the large rocks that the difficult end of the trail mandated them to climb!


After we left French Mountain, we drove down the road and took a left towards the Blueberry Hill Scenic Area (it’s on the same side of the road as French Mountain). It provided nearly the same view but didn’t require us to do any hiking; we could just drive right up! After we paused to snap a family photo, we headed into town to pick up some essentials from Hannaford’s. While inside, we asked the employees behind the seafood counter about fresh lobsters. Their response: “They’re all fresh until they’re dead!” I think they misunderstood the question, too funny!


That evening, we lit a fire to cook burgers and marshmallows over. We ended the night by polishing off an entire quart of Maine Deer Tracks from Gifford’s!


Tuesday: We started the day with breakfast sandwiches from Java Joes before hitting the road and heading to Saddleback in search of some lupines and a hike. We were delayed on the way there, thanks to no other than Siri, who insisted on trying to send us down several washed out dirt roads and instructing us to “continue for 20 miles.” No thanks!!


Eventually we made it and went for our hike. The lupines and view were absolutely stunning but the hike itself was not-so stellar. It was literally hiking straight up a black diamond ski slope which made for awful footing. We didn’t even finish the hike; it was so bad!


Finally, after what felt like ages, we got back to the car and before we knew it, had arrived back in town. We picked up dinner: 3 Bean BBQ Chicken Chilli Soup from Soup For You. If you ever find yourself in Farmington, you absolutely must eat here. It’s consistently delicous and is always an excellent choice!!! We ended the night again with Gifford’s Ice Cream, this time in the flavors Maple Walnut and Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip. Yum!!


Wednesday: I started my morning with a one mile hike up the road with Delila before heading out for breakfast sandwiches. Afterwards, we didn’t really know what to do. We had planned to go to the coast but were all tired and not in the mood to spend upwards of four hours in the car. While we decided plans, we ran some errands in ‘The Wal-Mart’ and had way too much fun doing it. Maine Wal-Marts are just better. They have more stuff and are so much more amusing. I found stick on war-paint stickers and a black spiked helmet and thought they were the greatest things.


Finally, we decided on taking a day trip to Smalls Falls. It was so beautiful! After exploring the falls, we headed back and picked up some lobsters for dinner. The day ended in typical Koski Vacation fashion: with Gifford’s Ice Cream. We had Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Caramel Caribou. Yum!


Thursday: We woke up to a rainy day with predicted highs of 54°. We took this as an excuse to sleep in before heading out to breakfast and picking up some brownies. After, we went to some antique shops. In one, we found a fun cleaver, some deer legs and a creepy, large doll. The kind and friendly shop owner took some time to talk to us about the past and share a beautiful song with us that his friend who had passed sang.

We then returned to the camp and I started to knock a couple of items off my Summer Reading List. Later that evening, we feasted on Soup for You and several amazing fudgey brownies stuffed with chunks of toffee and walnuts.

Friday: The forecast had predicted today to be a complete washout, which is why when the sunshine woke me up, I was so pleasantly surprised. The weather turned out to be beautiful: sunny, clear and in the low 70s. We grabbed some bagels for breakfast and headed down to Wilton. Delila and I played on the playground, specifically the merry-go-round (I nicknamed her the Merry-Go-Hound) while Dad inflated our flamingo floatie! I then took it for a dip in the lake and was thrilled when I found the water to actually be quite warm despite my expectations of a frigid ice bath! I splashed and floated before my mom and I explored a nearby dock. On our way out-of-town, we checked out a local bakery just to see what they had; you can never have too many dessert options!!


That night we ate, well, a lot. We grabbed a quart of ice cream from Gifford’s before returning to the camp and by 3pm had already devoured a half quart of their newest flavor, “Moo Slide,” a coffee liquor ice cream with chocolate chips and a fudge swirl. For dinner, we had lobsters (again) before moving on to our next round of dessert, toffee packed fudge brownies which were followed by some more ice cream, this time Maine Deer Tracks!


Saturday: We debated going home a day early since today’s forecast was again predicted to be rainy and miserable, but, because we got a late start, decided to stay in Maine. We got brunch and by the time we finished eating, the skies were clear and the sun was shining. However, we were all completely exhausted so we decided to spend the day at the camp, relaxing, reading, shooting, and roasting marshmallows.


We demolished some beer cans with our gun before having our favorite Three Bean BBQ Soup from Soup For You for dinner. When we went in to pick it up, the usual people weren’t there but two humorous employees were. While we were waiting to order, we heard one say to the other “Well, this is the best interpretation of this that I can do!” as they were making sandwiches. They kept glancing up at the description on the menu boards to figure out how to make it! Fortunately, the food was fantastic as ever. We ended the night visiting with family and eating 5 brownies.


Our final night at the Camp in Maine ended the same way the first one began, with a rainbow.


Sunday: We got an early start, packed up the car and hit the road, stopping for breakfast sandwiches along the way, of course. We decided to take a long, scenic route home along the coast through Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, York, and finally Kittery, for more cupcakes. My dog Delila had her first ever beach trip on the rocky shores of Kennebunkport and was fascinated by the smells of the salt, seaweed, rocks and roses. We took some time to explore before getting back in the car and continuing south. We were not impressed by either Ogunquit or York, which was quite frankly, a total dumb.


Finally, after eight nearly consecutive hours in the car and a quick stop for groceries, we arrived home. With yet another Maine trip under our belt, we’re already planning next years adventures!


Flamingo Floatation


When I saw this floatie online a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to have it. I may have a slight addiction to cute floats. I already own a seven-foot white swan and a four-foot pink donut so obviously when I saw this pink flamingo, I just had to order it. I can’t get over how cute it is. The tube is just wide enough to comfortably recline but still be able to move around and adjust positions. Even my dog loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time relaxing in it at Wilson Lake in Wilton, Maine. The water was just warm enough to not be freezing, but still cool enough to be refreshing. The stunning backdrop of mountains coupled with the adorable “FLamingOATIE,” as I’ve nicknamed it, made for the perfect afternoon float.

Endless Lupine

DSC08428DSC08380DSC08295DSC08378DSC08671DSC08148DSC07967DSC08381DSC08109DSC08581DSC08754DSC07880DSC07858For years I’ve been trying to time our annual Maine trip just right to line up with the Lupine’s peak bloom. This year, by chance, I finally got it right. On the second day of our trip, we headed to hike up Saddleback Mountain, hoping that we’d encounter some lupines along the way. Along the road, we were disappointed to see that the lupines had past and that their petals had already shriveled. However, as we approached the mountain, we found that they were less and less dead and when we arrived, we were greeted by a sea of purple blooms. We couldn’t have timed it any better! Even as we climbed the mountain, the lupines continued to amaze us. They really did go on forever! Running through the endless lupines felt like something straight from a dream, I can’t get over how stunning they were!

French Mountain


Today my family (Mom, Dad and Delila) and I went for a hike up French Mountain located in Rome, Maine! Of course, I conquered the mountain in a dress. It was a fairly easy hike, fashioned into a 0.8mi loop. If you do decide to go, take the path to the left. While the trail loops, I do not recommend finishing the loop and going down the way you came (the trail on the left) instead because the remainder of the loop is steep and rocky. Once we got to the top, we were shocked at the beautiful view of Belgrade Lakes and beyond. Even Delila paused to take in the view! Mom and I decided to twin in our Lilly Pulitzer which called for photos and the beautiful scenery ensured that they turned out great. Our hike up French Mountain was the perfect start to our trip!

Stripes on the Potomac


Yesterday afternoon a friend and I took a trip to Georgetown to walk around the Potomac and look for a house with Wisteria that I’d found on Pinterest. We walked from campus to the Georgetown Waterfront, up and down the boardwalk, watching crew teams speedily float by. Afterwards, we walked back up to M Street and made a quick stop at Pie Sisters for some cuppies before heading to the corner of 35th and Prospect to find the Wisteria. Unfortunately, someones car was parked on the sidewalk right in front of the white door dripping with the purple blooms. Nevertheless, they were beautiful and the smell from some pink hedges across the street wafted over to us, inviting us to sit by them and eat our pies. After our quick snack, we headed back down the hill and walked halfway over the Key Bridge… does that count as walking to Virginia? The sun sparkling on the water provided the perfect backdrop to take a photo in our matching outfits, which may or may not have been planned (wink, wink)!

For my outfit, I wore a peplum pinstripe top, paired with white jeans and white heels. I sensibly brought a pair of comfortable white eyelet Keds to change into for all the walking around we did (9 miles)! I also broke out my Kate Spade cross body that I picked up in TJ Maxx last weekend for 75% off. I’m completely obsessed. From the scallop detailing to the clever clasp to the vibrant color of the soft leather, it’s the perfect bag. The only “downside” is that there is a little compartment inside that I accidentally placed my phone into and when I couldn’t find it, proceeded to have a mini heart attack and ping my phone when it was inside my bag all along… oops!

Getting Outside


Spring weather has finally arrived! Because the weather here in D.C. has been sunny and over 60 degrees, I’ve been making sure to get my daily dose of fresh air. Although it’s difficult while living in a city, especially since the ‘freshness’ of the air can be questionable, it is still important to get outside and get some exercise! I’m still addicted to working out daily in the gym but I know that once May 15th arrives and I head home, I won’t be seeing an indoor workout until the fall. Here are some fun ways for you to enjoy the great outdoors while being somewhat active this spring!

  • Go to the beach: it’s not too hot or crowded yet, and the frigid winter winds are gone! grab your dog or best friend and go for a walk or a frolic down the beach!
  • Ride your bike: Every day that I’m home I bike 10 miles, even in the winter when it’s below freezing! Now that the weather has warmed up, I’m dying to get back at it. There are so many good paths or places to bike, even your yard is the perfect spot.
  • Be a tourist: This one is especially easy in D.C. This past weekend I visited the Botanical Gardens, wandered around the mall and walked to the Tidal Basin to see the Cherry Blossoms! Even if you aren’t in a typical tourist destination, head over to a cool building or a park you’ve never visited!
  • Walk to dinner (or for cupcakes): It’s now warm enough for this to be enjoyable again! I can’t wait to walk along the waterfront of Georgetown on my way to pick up cupcakes this spring.
  • Go ride (a horse): It’s officially polo season and the footing is thawed and ready to go. The snow has also melted so the woods are ready for trail rides!
  • Climb a tree: You’re never too old to do this, it’s fun and a quality upper body workout.
  • Tumble outside: Get on your lawn and do some flips, hand stands, yoga, anything! Even roll around on the ground, spin, or run in circles. Just have fun!
  • Have a picnic: Fresh air and fresh food go together like springtime and flowers. Fruits are also starting to come back into season and there’s nowhere better to enjoy them.
  • Go for a walk or hike: I’m already planning out hikes to go on this spring! One of these weekends I’ll be hiking surrounded by bluebells and hopefully climbing a new mountain to a scenic lookout.
  • Go to a playground: Swing sets are a personal favorite of mind. Just make sure you don’t try to join some children at recess… If playgrounds have too many germs for your liking or you don’t want to be seen on one, find a nice limb and build a swing in your yard for instant hours of entertainment!