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.
 The Coos Canyon Wilderness Campground, our home away from home.
Father and Son making breakfast.

We left Friday afternoon so we can have the whole day Saturday exploring the river. But we ended up driving around Rangeley all day instead. Sweetest wanted to find another river to explore this time. It was kinda exciting because we were able to stop at a couple of scenic overlooks along the way.
B @ the Height of Land Scenic Overlook of The Mooselookmaguntic LakeM and B @ The Rangeley Scenic Overlook

The day was full of adventure if you consider being lost in the wilderness an adventure. We were trying to locate Cupsuptic River. We didn't find it until later that day. We drove around Cupsuptic Area and explored every dirt road we found. We stopped every now and then to do some metal detecting. It was for me a father-and-son moment.
Playing with the Metal Detector @ the trail where we got lost.

When we found the elusive river, B and I went on a little hike by the river. We stayed there for just an hour and just explored the river. B and I did a little hiking and he also took a little foot dipping in the cold river water.
 B testing the water.
B @ the trail by the Cupsuptic River

As for me, I aside from taking tons of pictures, I did what I always do when we are on the road... tailgate cooking.
 my kitchen
 my boys waiting for the ribs and chicken wings
still waiting

On our way home, we stopped again at the Height of the Land Scenic Overlook and played paparazzi to a couple getting married at the magnificent scenic overlook.
 And here are some of the photos I took that day.
 The breathtaking view of the Mooselookmaguntic Lake.
 The hidden beauty of Cupsuptic River.
A lovely pond along Route 17 in Oxford County.

The day was concluded by a couple scoops of ice cream at Rosie's.



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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I'm having fun Summer-ing!

This is a late post. I have lots of stories to tell about my summer but I was busy summer-ing, so bear with me. I will post all of them before summer is over. Promise!

I have 2 more weeks left of my summer vacation. In a couple of weeks I will be back to work and fun is over. Well, not really. I will surely have fun working with kids again. But working for 12 hours straight is really tough, so to speak. But it is what it is. I just want to spend the last few weeks of summer with my Sweetest doing some fun things.
The familiar School House in Byron, Maine near the Coos Canyon picnic park.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Seven, Seven, Seven, Seven

I don't do Math. I hate that subject when I was a student. But number "7" is very significant to me. My Sweetest and I got married on the 7th of July, 2007. Yesterday was our 7th year anniversary.
@Portland Head Light  - 07-07-07


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