Anne and I were talking this past weekend about this upcoming summer. Once Christmas has come and gone we both are ready for long days and hot weather. We like to start planning our summers early and have some sort of an idea on what will be on the agenda. Of course there are several things that we do every year, we always rent the cabin at LBL, we always meet everybody at the NAILE and we are going to try and make the North Carolina trip an annual event as well. Yet, we also try to always do at least one trip we have never done before. Last year it was the North Carolina trip. Two years ago it was our New Hampshire and Maine trip. That was the year that Anne and I decided to train for a triathlon with two of our good friends Mary and Ken. Both Mary and Ken are very inspirational people so when they suggested it we jumped on the “triathlon bandwagon.” Please know that during the days of training for the Mooseman Triathlon in New Hampshire I cussed this decision and I am sure cussed Mary and Ken a time or two. In the end it was an amazing experience, one that Anne and I both hope to duplicate soon. Completing the Mooseman triathlon was incredible but what intrigued us both was how much we fell in love with Maine. I had no idea that this southern girl could fall so hard for the Northeast, but I did. Maine is absolutely breathtaking. Usually when I go on a vacation after 3-4 days I am ready to come home and see my horses and dogs and get back in the groove of things. After being in Maine for 3 days I was ready to send for my horses and dogs, get a job at the local café and buy a cottage in Bar Harbor and never leave. The landscape is unexplainable, it is something you have to experience for yourself. The people are so kind and the food, well….come on…it is lobster every night…need I say more? So….Anne and I hope to get back to this magical place this summer, even though this won’t be a “new adventure” it will be different because we won’t be doing a triathlon while we are up there (at least I don’t think we will). If you ever get a chance, please take it! When you cross over in to the Maine the signs says “Welcome to Maine, the way life should be” I think that says it all.