Sunday, August 24, 2014

Last Hurrah for Summer 2014

We just got back from another weekend camping. This I presumed is our last for the season. I will be back to work starting this Tuesday. This means fun is over for me. But then maybe not. I will surely find time to have fun even if summer is over, I promise!
 Our luxury accommodation for the weekend. LOL
 My Sweetest sleeping in.
 I'm all up and waiting for my breakfast chef to wake up. LOL
So for the last time we went camping and did a little gold panning, of course. But this time we stayed at Mt. Blue State Park in Weld instead of Byron where we usually camp. Coos Canyon was already fully booked when my Sweetest called so he asked me to look for a campground closer to the river where we usually do gold prospecting. I found Mt. Blue State Park.
I was surprised how clean and nice the park was. Though it was a little crowded because it was the last weekend of summer vacation for most schools here in Maine, I was happy that I found a place to camp where there were human beings around instead of bears like one summer of 2011.
The State Park Information and Registration Office
 The restroom/shower area. So nice and clean.
The campsite

Markings all over the place are visible and properly placed.
Even the dumpster.

We didn't go back to Byron the following day. Instead we spent half a day exploring the State Park and see what it has to offer. It was indeed a nice place to go and I promise to go back there when my brothers come to visit Maine in summertime.

Author's Note: Follow up post about Mt. Blue State Park coming up soon! (Cross your fingers! LOL)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Yellow

Yellow is one of my favorite colors. I love taking photos of everything yellow.
 I love taking photos of yellow flowers.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Camping with Fam Bam

The weather last weekend was really gorgeous so we took advantage of it. We spent it at Byron again. This time B joined us. Though it took a little convincing because B also knows that camping with Daddy means gold panning which means he will be bored all day waiting for him to be done with his thingy in the river. LOL
Our accommodation for the night.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Comfort Food - Recycled!

I'm cheap and lazy! Yeah, I am that horrible!
I'm cheap because I don't want to waste food. I don't want to throw out left-over food specially if they are still good and got lots of potential. "Potential" in food for me means recyclable. Well, it doesn't sound yummy, does it? Just read the whole post HERE. Now, I'm hungry again! LOL

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Water

"In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water.Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it."

Lao Tzu


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cool Coos Canyon

Coos Canyon in Byron, Maine has been our favorite place for camping since my Sweetest introduced me to camping. Though I didn't really do a "camping" camping during my first year here in Maine, (because for some reason we always ended up in a hotel. I call it - glamping) my first "real" camping experience was fun and memorable.
Anyways, after the whole summer of hotel camping or glamping in 2007, I was finally convinced to go camping for real. Coos Canyon Wilderness Campground was my training ground for real camping. And since then we kept coming back. Though through the years we tried to camp in different places that were free of charge [Translation: NO basic amenities available.] around Byron. But still we did stay at the CCW Campground at least once every summer.
Yes, we did camp wherever we found a clearing to pitch a tent and where there is a nearby river for easy access to water. It doesn't matter if it was just 100 yards away from a bear trap as long as it's free and nearby a river where Hubby can dredge for gold and I can get water for cooking and washing. But still those odd places where we stayed during the span of 6 years are just around the Byron area and near Coos Canyon.
Coos Canyon is famous for gold prospecting and panning. It is located along Route 17 in Byron Maine. There is a picnic area by the road side near the canyon where people can stop and have a picnic and take a dip in the cool waters of the Swift River.
Some tourists heading to the canyon picnic area.
Aside from gold panning and prospecting. Coos Canyon has lots of trails to hike and dirt roads for 4-wheeling and snowmobiling in the winter.
Did I say it is a fun place for family camping?
As for gold, we heard lots of stories about people getting lucky and finding their gold nuggets. Those stories are the very reason why we kept coming to Byron. Well, for my Sweetest it is. As for me, I just want a reason to go away for the weekends.
 And yes, to take lots and lots of photos.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

30 and Fabulous

Procrastination is my middle name. This is another post which is long over-due. My step-daughter's 30th Birthday was last January and it's only now that I got the time to blog about it.
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