Disclaimer, my strengths lie in painting not writing so please excuse my many grammatical and spelling errors.
Just a week after returning from Ellicott City, Maryland, I switched children out, and Ben (age 13) and I headed North for the 8 hour trek to Maine. I've done this paint out 4 of the 5 years they have had it and it's one of my favorites. I've been lucky to stay with the same hosts each year who put me up in a converted barn/apartment two doors down from a historic lighthouse and overlooking the ocean. While we are there we always make sure to have some lobster rolls and blueberry pie, because it Maine. Castine is another historic town with lots of architecture, but it's the water and the rocky land that captivates me there. I sold 5 of my 6 paintings at the 2hr long show. Ben did several outstanding marker and pastel paintings. After we turned in our paintings we took some time to do some beach metal detecting and found a spike from a 1800's shipwreck. I'll keep going to Castine as long as they keep letting me in.
On the way home Ben and I swung into Portland, Maine to try a catch a Legendary Pokemon with some like minded geeks, but we failed miserably. Thanks to our detour we also ended up caught in the Maine exodus back into the Boston area. We were supposed to meet the rest of the family and some friend at a Renegades baseball game in Beacon, but got there an hour or so late.