When we arrived at Acadia National Park, you couldn't help but be mesmerized by the beauty of the area.
As we were driving through the park you saw the beautiful Maine coast with it's rocky shores.
You knew that was a perfect photo opportunity...so the girls hopped out on the rocks to take it all in.
As we were taking this picture the girls noticed a cliff off in the distance that people were climbing up. Before you even think about it...we did not want to join in, we thought they were crazy.
As we explored the park we were surrounded by the beautiful rocky coast....and then....all of a sudden we came across a beautiful beach. I knew this would be Sam's favorite spot.
A beautiful sandy beach nestled into the rocky coast. It doesn't get much better than this.
The stairway led to a little slice of heaven...especially if you are Sam Mayer. The beach, the ocean and Sam...3 things that go together so well...I think you will see what I mean from the pictures.
Sam had his shirt off before he even got down the stairs.
Just feeling the sand between his toes put him in his happy place.
He was a little leery when he first stepped in so Brooke and Danielle quickly came to his aid.
But it didn't take him long to forge out on his own.
And the jumping and splashing began!!
Is there anything that feels better than the sand in between your toes and the surf pulling the sand around your feet???
It was time to draw pictures and write messages that were quickly whisked away by the tide.
Sam was here!!!
Can you guess which set of prints are Sam's???
Ahhh, the ocean grabbing at your feet while the ocean breeze pulls at your hair!
This is Sam's happy place!!
He just can't get enough!!
He laughed and he ran and he laughed and he ran and he laughed and he ran!
Danielle couldn't help but get caught up in the game.
He raced the surf in and out!
And he even had to tell the ocean "Stop ocean stop" when it tried to catch him and drag him out.
But his smile was from ear to ear! This is what vacation is all about!
We found this wonderful cavern and knew it was another Kodak moment.
But I really wasn't prepared for Sam's reaction. He raised his arms as I took the picture like "Look at this, it's amazing and I'm in the middle of it."
The smiles continued and I had to jump in for a picture too. His excitement was just contagious!
Sam was in his element and it was hard to get him to leave but we had more to see. I just wasn't sure we were going to be able to top this!
Until....we came across this area! Now to you and me this might not look very exciting.
But to Sam...a boy who loves to throw rocks into the water, this is yet another piece of paradise.
Now it was time to do some hiking and the hiking and scenery don't get much better than this.
The trails were absolutely beautiful!
Little bridges crossed mountain streams.
Stones formed steps that were challenging but exciting.
My little boy...who was known as the king of the stop, drop and plop never once complained, never sat down, never asked to "go home". He just walked and walked and climbed and climbed.
Nature surrounded you and it was good!
It was peaceful, serene, majestic and simply but beautifully amazing!
The mountain streams added sound and movement to the wind and rustle of the leaves.
And when we decided to turn around that's when Sam said "NO". He would have kept going, he wanted to see everything there was to see...he didn't want to miss anything. I said a prayer in that woods thanking God for how far we have come. My child with the respiratory issues that steal his strength and stamina was not the little man I was hiking with. This little man was strong and breathed easily, never really getting winded until we climbed a huge amount of stairs. He sat down at the top, sighed loudly and said "It's good".
And as we left the woods and the beautiful trails we knew we had seen nature at it's best and it was good!!
We crossed the last bridge and headed out!
This was an amazing adventure!
One of Brooke's favorite shots, do you see the arrow?
And Danielle still had energy!
On our way home we stopped by a seafood stand where you could pick out your own lobster and have them steam it on the spot. Seafood stands in Maine are like McDonalds in Wisconsin. We ordered two orders of crab with butter and lobster bisque. Brooke ate a little of both, Danielle and I loved it. Sam wasn't really interested, he just wanted his diet coke. We then headed back to the island. I was a little worried because it was later and I didn't really want to take the same winding route in the dark. But I shouldn't have doubted Pamela the GPS, she sent us home on the highway, no small towns and no winding roads. Yep, there was some divine intervention there.
We didn't get back to our location until after 9:00, it was dark and we still had to paddle across a dark lake to a dark cabin. I knew Sam was afraid of the dark, so I had my work cut out for me...what I didn't realize was how afraid Brooke was of the dark. She got really, really quiet on the way home as she began to realize our situation. I parked the van and turned on the bright lights so the three of them could make their way to the canoe and get in. Then Brooke signaled me and I turned off the van and made my way in the dark. A flashlight would have been a good idea but all of ours were on the island. I tripped and felt my way to the canoe and climbed in reassuring both Sam and Brooke that everything will be fine and to remain calm. I had never seen Brooke row the canoe with such determination while I reassured Sam that he was fine and told him to hold my hand. We got to the dock and now I had Sam hanging on to my waist and Brooke hanging on to my arm for dear life. Needless to say I limped my way over to the door of the cabin and let us in. Danielle told me to turn on the lights as if we suddenly and miracleously had electricity. I stumbled for a lantern and then proceeded to light up the entire cabin in order to calm Brooke and Sam.
When everyone was finally calm, Brooke and Danielle went outside to put some things in the shed. Brooke freaked out again and began to run back to the cabin. She flung her arm back and hit Danielle in the face which caused her to freak out because she thought someone was trying to grab her. Good thing we had no horror films to watch this evening...I don't think they would have made it.
Another day....another adventure!!!