Christmas Prelude Sojourn

My mom and I set out two weeks ago on our annual Christmas prelude trip to Kennebunk Maine. If you have never been to Maine for the Christmas Prelude festivities I highly recommend it. The town is decorated to the nines with Christmas flare. Bows and bells adorn windows and doors, the smell of freshly cut Christmas trees hangs in the air. As you walk down the sidewalks you feel as if you entered a Hallmark movie, except in this one you get to select the plot. They have dozens of activities each day that are fun for the whole family.

Kennebunkport

On the day this picture was taken we had just arrived and were walking down the sidewalk to visit some shops for Christmas presents. Every year we come we stop is this coffee shop called Mornings in Paris first to get something warm to drink. I got the French hot chocolate this time, and it was like chocolate lava cake in a cup. It was so rich and delicious. Mom got herself a hot chai latte, and we set off on our shopping adventure.

We ended up visiting a good portion of the unique shops that line the streets in town and stopped to stare at the beautiful Christmas tree in the center decorated with buoys. We then hurried back to our hotel to pack everything away and get ready for our nighttime ride. Continue reading

The Bear in the Orchard

The image below does not show the true majestic elegance that Tim and I observed one afternoon. The bear in truth was strolling with purpose and no matter how Tim and I tried to capture an image it became a blurry image of trees.

We had been out shopping for white pumpkins for our fall themed wedding and during the drive from one farmer’s market to another, we came across an apple orchard. The orchard was located on the right and as we approached it up ahead we saw a large black mass moving across the street. I exclaimed, “I think that’s a bear!!”  To which Tim replied skeptically, ” you sure?” As we slowed down to watch it move through the orchard it was confirmed. The bear was moving towards the apple trees most likely for a delicious snack. We turned our Volkswagon to the right and drove on a small dusty road in an attempt to at least get a clear photograph without trees. But the bear was keen to us and just kept walking and as it moved the branches seemed to shelter it as it disappeared from our view. We sat stunned for a few minutes, and then backed out and continued on our way.

We got the pumpkins of course and they looked great at our wedding. When people asked how we got so many white pumpkins I told the story of the bear and our drive. When we moved up north I expected to see more wildlife but never expected to see a bear. It was truly an impressive sight, and I have often wondered about the bear. I hope the bear had a wonderful apple feast and as the weather here has changed drastically in the past few weeks I hope the bear is sleeping safely in its den. black-bear-1019063_960_720