Playing and Building

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
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Trip End Sep 01, 2012


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Where I stayed
Shifrin Estate
What I did
Camp at Weld Lake

Flag of United States  , Maine
Saturday, August 11, 2012

The great thing about staying with Brett and Sara is that the meals are never boring, the variety is endless and it is all homemade and made with fresh, local ingredients. This morning we were served whole wheat waffles and pancakes with fresh Maine blueberries. At this point I should add that one of Brett's favorite lines and one that he trotted out at least once a day, was: "they're made with whole wheat flour, so they're healthy and you can have as many as you want." After we were well filled and fed with this hot breakfast, we headed down to the same lake, but a different location as were were spending the rest of the morning at the Camp of Martin and Amy. A camp is like a New Zealand Bach and at this one there were several kayaks, a small sailboat, a small boat with an outboard motor and a floating dock several feet off shore. Wow, this was kid and playful grown-up heaven. The kids enjoyed swimming and kayaking and even had a wee ride on a tube behind the motorboat. Big E kept putting his thumb up for the boat to go faster, little realising that the small outboard motor was pulling them as fast as it possibly could go. While this was happening, Tim and Brett went for a short paddle to the end of the lake and took the kayaks up a small river that flowed into the lake. This was an enjoyable paddle and the opportunity to silently cruise up a Northern New England river was quite picturesque.
Then while the kids, Jess and Sara stayed and played some more, Brett and Tim went back to the house in order to have lunch and then start work on some construction projects that he had been saving up. The one we spent the majority of the afternoon on was finishing and hanging a screen door on the tree house that he had constructed the previous year. Treehouse is grossly unkind to this building as it is a magnificent structure that has one main room, an upstairs loft, a pull-out couch, carpeting and floor to ceiling windows on the side facing the woods. We reckon it is more deserving of the title "Guest Chalet!" After the kids played all afternoon and the Dads constructed, we all sat down to hamburgers and hotdogs and salad of fresh vegetables. By now, the kids were yawning, rubbing their eyes and beginning to disintegrate so we put them to bed, cleaned up and sat down with coffee, beers, and tea for our second night of board gaming. Tonight we played a favorite of Brett and Sara; Settlers of Catan, This is a risk/monopoly type of game where you accumulate property and resources in order to gain a target number of points. This game took longer but when we all went to bed the game tally was as follows: Tim 2, Brett 0, Sara 0, and Jess 0.
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