A Morning in Maine

 

As we’ve traveled across the United States on our quest we have been delighted with the opportunity to see a multitude of varied landscapes.  But we have also enjoyed being unofficial ambassadors for our state of Maine.

Yesterday I checked out of my daily routine and soaked up a beautiful Maine summer day.

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An early morning run in our neck of the woods started the day off perfectly.

Arriving at my favorite local beach early ensured plenty of quiet seaside space.

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The clouds and waves seemed particularly mesmerizing.

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Although typically “going to the beach” is virtually code for “sitting in the sun reading”, this visit I spent more time watching the waves swell and crest and the clouds drifting in ever-changing patterns.IMG_1561IMG_1560.JPG

The Maine ocean water is almost always numbingly cold even in the middle of summer but a brief dip into the surf provided instant refreshment from the day’s heat.

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When this little guy ventured close I took some time to assess him more closely and found his knobby knees somewhat hysterical.  His feet made me think he had snapped on tight little flippers at the ends of his tiny stick legs.

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Taking time to soak up nature was the perfect way to spend a morning.

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If you haven’t been to Maine I wholeheartedly recommend a trip.  And if you live here, I urge you to be sure to savor our spectacular home.

Have you been to Maine?

How do you embrace your natural surroundings?

Where is your favorite place to enjoy summer?

 

 

I Stop Hogging the Blog (Connecticut- Fairfield Road Races)

This post will have a slightly different format because I am letting Mike join in with the blog post-or as he may say “forcing him” to be apart of it.  Since this quest was originally his idea, it seems only fair that his point of view be included periodically, as well.

Karen: Early on in our quest to run a road race in every state, we arranged to spend a weekend in Connecticut to run the Fairfield Road Race.  I believe we chose it because it was a convenient weekend and it sounded like a good race.

Mike: We decided to do the 5K. We were pleased to find that Fairfield was an attractive beach area that was not overdeveloped.

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Karen: There was a half marathon associated with this event which was run the day after the 5K.

Mike: The race was well organized and the flat course helped everyone’s running times.

Karen: Bag pipers played at the start and finish of the race which added a festive air.

Mike: The post race social with free beer at the beach was enjoyable.  We chose to take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic after the race.

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Karen: We loved being right on the beach at the end of the race. Later in the day we ventured to Silver Sands State Park which had another scenic beach that we arrived at after a stroll down a long boardwalk.

That evening we traveled through picturesque New England towns to Branford where we found Lenny’s -the apparent hot spot of the town.

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We opted for a table on the deck and savored the views of the marsh while we ate our seafood dinner.

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Mike says he doesn’t remember exactly which beer he was drinking.  He’s pretty sure it was a local beer and he’s positive it wasn’t a Bud.  Sampling local beers when we travel to new states has become a little side-bar to our running quest.  (The pun was unintentional but acknowledged!)

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Karen: On our way back to our hotel we stopped for an impromptu game of mini golf at the impressive Sports Center in Shelton.  Our trip to check Connecticut off of our quest list ended up being a fun mini-vacation with a terrific race.

Quest Race #: 9

State: Connecticut

Date Run: 6/23/12

The  Bottom Line:  Registration for the 5K (June 27, 2015) and the half marathon (June 28, 2015) is still open as of today.  The race website states that it is “annually chosen by running magazines as one of the best races in America”. We would definitely recommend it, as well!