For our family, September brought several big changes — a return to work after a summer sabbatical for MP, late night practices for both kids, a new job and weeks of travel for DP, and more alone time for our pup, Gordon. With so much happening, our weekends and the time we spend together are more precious than ever. MP is trying to strike a balance between what needs to get done around the house and continue our little adventures outdoors for as long as the weather is kind. In mid-September, for the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, she decided a trip to the Western Mountains might be the thing all of us needed to take our minds off our busy schedules.


Well hello, fall.

We decided to check out Shepard’s Farm, a quiet 20-acre nature preserve, near Pennesseewassee Lake in Norway. The preserve is also home to six, giant wooden sculptures from Old Town, Maine born artist Bernard Langlais. Our family was excited to walk through the rolling pastures of the farm to see the sculptures up close, while also exploring the farm’s newly developed nature trails.

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Now that school is back in full swing, MP finds herself daydreaming about summer adventures with family. One of her favorite memories is a morning hike to Moxie Falls in the West Forks. At a vertical drop of over 90 feet, the waterfall is one of the highest in New England.

The hike to Moxie Falls is short – just .6 of a mile one way, making it an easy walk with kids or dogs in tow. This well-groomed trail is flat and features some fun little climbing spots along the way, such as boulders and felled trees.



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Let’s celebrate a fantastic summer with a giveaway! Our friends at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston are offering tickets for a family of four (good for one year). The giveaway marks LEGO Master Model Builder Megan Quigley’s visit to Portland Sea Dogs stadium this Sunday, August 28 at 1:00 p.m. Megan will be sharing some of her favorite baseball-themed LEGO creations, providing tips to aspiring builders, and throwing out the first pitch at the game.


Megan Quigley helps kids build fun creations at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston.

Interested in winning tickets to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston? All you need to do is comment below. We want to know all about your family adventures in Maine this summer! Where did you travel? And what did you do? Contest ends Thursday, August 25, 2016 at midnight EST. Good luck!

PS: Our visit to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston and what it’s like to be a LEGO Master Model Builder.


We traveled to the woods of Western Maine in late July for a weekend at Northern Outdoors, an all ages adventure resort. Located in The Forks, Northern Outdoors is best known for white water rafting adventures, but for our young crew (ages 9-up), we decided a self-guided paddle down the lower portion of the Kennebec River was the best option.


Visitors can choose from traditional camp sites, condos or rustic cabins like this one.

Float trips down the Kennebec begin in the afternoon, so our family had plenty of time to explore the area (more on our hike to Moxie Falls in a later post). The kids also enjoyed the pool that’s located on the grounds. CP#1 and #2, along with their cousin C, had a blast making up crazy jumps and playing in the water.



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We were excited to learn about the opening of the new Portland Science Center last fall, and since then, it’s been on our bucket list of places to visit. The center was designed to create an atmosphere of entertainment and learning, which is something we can totally get behind!

The latest exhibit, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, caught our attention immediately. MP has long been fascinated by the story of Titanic and she was eager to share it with the kids and her nephew, C, who was visiting from California.


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When our family takes a summer road trip, we’re not the “let’s hurry to our destination” types. Rather we like to check out the places that catch our interest along the way. While driving to Blue Hill, we decided to stop at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory in Prospect. Located on the grounds of Fort Knox historic site, the 420 foot high observatory is the only one of its kind in the United States and the tallest in the world. In fact, it’s even taller than the Statue of Liberty!


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For the kids’ first trip to the Katahdin region, MP planned an overnight stay at New England Outdoor Center (NEOC) in Millinocket. The family-friendly, lakeside resort offers a variety of fun adventures, including moose tours, rafting, canoeing and hiking. For accommodations, guests can choose from rustic cabins to modern lodges.


Our home for the night – the Eagle lodge.

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