We did a two hour kayak trip around Camden Harbor this afternoon and brought pizza back to our house for dinner. Linda and Gil took in a museum in Rockland while we paddled. The trip was very similar to the kayak trip we took in the San Juan Islands last year at this time. Maine and NW Washington State are very similar in a lot of ways and the voyage felt very familiar. The guide let the boys jump out of the kayak at a point during the trip and swim around. Getting back in was no easy task but they made it. Good time all around.
The waters were cold in Acadia today. I got in up to my knees but the boys went all in. It was a nice day climbing around Cadillac mountain, swimming at sand beach, watching the surf at Thunder Hole and lunching at Jordan Pond. We stayed in and cooked burgers tonight.
It was a foggy, chilly and rainy day in Maine but we managed to get out and see the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Owls Head Lighthouse. Sam slept a full 12 hours after falling a sleep at the Lobster Pound last night. The red eye flight from San Francisco took a lot out of him. Most of the restaurant thought he was a drunk teen when he stumbled out after dinner. I think we all feel more rested today.
We just about timed our drive up from Boston perfectly to pick up the boys at the Portland Jetport with Grandma and Grandpa. They were all pretty tired from the red eye and layover at Dulles but were in chipper modes for our 2 hour drive up to Lincolnville. The house is beautiful, three bedroom, 3.5 bath with a spectacular view of the ocean. The boys and I practiced our rock skipping before I took a much needed nap. Nicole and I were up pretty late with our friends Thom and Jennifer in boston last night. Great time but only got 5 hours of sleep. Things are pretty relaxing in these parts so I imagine I'll be getting plenty of rest.
I have two Most Valuable Children and it will never be easy to see one of them beat the other one in games or other stuff. The boys played on different teams during basketball camp this week and from what I understand, they were both playing really well. They faced off in the camp championship today and Sam came away with a win and the camp MVP award for a second year. From what I understand, you needed to win the championship to be MVP. I'm happy for Sammy and proud of Dylan since I know he put everything he had into it. They are both very good players but Sam has slight advantage right now that I know Dylan will work hard to erase in the coming years. Congratulations Sam but look out, your brother is coming for you.
I just noticed this picture in my photo stream from last weeks flight out west. (The family's 9 different apple devices send their pictures into a single cloud account that we all can see) it appears that Dylan took this shot and grandma seems pretty happy with the whole flight which is good. I'm glad the boys behave well on flights these days and this is a good picture of Linda. Come to think of it, the boys do have close to a 100k miles under their belts, they should be good travelers by now.
We met up with Coach Cory and Lukas to throw the ball around and learn some new plays in preparation for the upcoming football season. Yes, football is around the corner. They played their last summer basketball game last night and came away with a nice 61-34 victory. They both hustled and had some nice numbers. Dylan had 7 points, 5 rebounds and an assist. Sam had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and a block. The team has three more games next week but the boys will be in California at the Warriors basketball camp trying to work out the kinks in their game.
They really liked this camp and now want to go to Bishop Ireton for high school. I'm not so sure I want to pay the catholic school bill when a perfectly good public high school is right down the street. They will likely be back there next year. Now on to their travel basketball game.
The boys got back into action with their travel team and had a good game against SYA, the winning club in last winters league. They both played hard in a losing effort with Dylan scoring 7 points, 3 rebounds and a steal while Sam had 3 points and 11 rebounds and a steal. They were both passing well and ended up with a bunch of assists as well but we didn't count those. Sam really had an off night for shooting, as did our leading scorer Michael. We only lost by 8 which isn't bad when our two scoring machines were not firing on all cylinders. Dylan really shot pretty well from the outside and hustled on defense.
Summer is off with a bang. Lots of activity already and the boys start basketball camp tomorrow. The also have two summer league basketball games this week then baseball camp and more games next week. This is a nice shot Grandma took in Minnesota. I only tweaked it a bit.
A quick photo between the set and encore. The band did a runner after the show but the boys had a good time with uncle Adam before the show. It was beautiful night at Wolftrap for the first time in a few years. It was a low humidity night withe the temps in the 70's while the last few years it has been 95 and humid. It was a refreshing change.
In this picture mostly. The four of them do end up arguing at times but enjoy hanging with each other mostly. We had a great trip and a wonderful time up north. Looking forward to Kavanaugh's next year.
Had great weather for fishing this morning and Dylan caught the biggest bass. The non-fishers had a nice time as as well. Many of us also did some swimming in a really cold lake with the air temp around 68 degrees and the ice out day not that far in the past.