I just had the best back to back weekends ever!!
First, I got to hang out with these guys at Mont Tremblant:
I was pretty excited to get 3 more bloggers to Caratunk. Bob came to the “big city” last June and fed the black flies (June is kind of cold and is also black fly season here…Please come back in August!)
So these guys got up super early (after doing a half ironman) to drive 3 hours to come up to go rafting with me! I was so excited. I hope I wasn’t too much (was I?)
I was pretty excited to have friends to play in my backyard who hadn’t seen the area before. I love where I live, and I love sharing all the awesome stuff that is around here.
John helped me get the raft all blown up before they got there, and after a proper greeting from Porter, I got them geared up and ready to go.
I was pretty psyched it was a gorgeous day – rafting is fun no matter the weather, but sunny makes it really good. We had a basically uneventful trip down through most of the rapids (except this one place where I think we came pretty close to flipping…shhh don’t tell them).
Luckily, they didn’t have a clue, so they were all smiles in Cathedral Eddy.
I was all smiles because we didn’t flip.
This area is a super pretty spot, one of my favorite places on the river.
We paddled through the next set of rapids, and then started sight-seeing, stopping at a few waterfalls that are on the river.
Matt finally took a shower…
Heather found a frog…
Jason chilled out next to the waterfall…
….and then I dropped my waterproof camera in the water with the battery holder open.
Let’s just say the rest of the day was awesome. One of the coolest things we saw was a Golden Eagle – an extremely rare bird in Maine (yes, I am POSITIVE it was a Golden and not an immature Bald…they can be easy to mess up, but this was definitely not a Bald.) We got a really good look at it, it flew upstream and very close to us, I could see the dark beak and the golden “highlights” on its head. It was really gorgeous.
We floated down the river and I took Jason south so he could catch his flight back to the great country of Texas.
Matt and Heather were staying in the area for a few days (YAY!), so we planned a hike for the next day. After hemming and hawing (by me), I decided on Mosquito Mountain. It is an awesome hike that is fairly short (~3 miles round trip) but gives a fabulous view.
Thankfully the weather held for us and we were able to see quite a lot up there.
I had to leave after our hike and go to work (so sad…I really wish I could get that lottery ticket would cash in…do you have to buy a ticket to win?) and I had plans with my grandmother that night, so I couldn’t come back and have a beer with them.
I gave them both big hugs and rambled off a list of things to do (OH do this…and THIS!! OOooo YOU HAVE to do THIS!!…Um..how many more weeks are you staying?)
I am looking forward to this weekend. I have a bunch of friends coming up and we are going down the river on Saturday and doing a BBQ on the river, and Sunday I am doing something fun with my buddy Kristel who I haven’t seen in…FOREVER. So it will be fun.
I think on Monday if the weather is good I am going to try and take my grandmother down the lower river – she seems excited about it and it will be really cool if John and I can make it all come together, and I promise lots of pictures (anyone have a camera I can borrow?)