I know everyone in the Greater Portland area is crazy about Scratch bagels but last week Sarah’s super-awesome step daughter Dora and I made the trek to Maple’s in Yarmouth. In my not-so-humble recent New Yorker opinion, Maple’s bagels win. And I didn’t even try the bacon-scallion cream cheese. If you are in the area, get thyself to Maple’s and make sure to say yes if offered coconut ice coffee.
After our carb-centric breakfast Dora and I battled bugs and blisters and followed a bit of the Appalachian Trail to the East Summit of Baldpate Mountain in Grafton Notch State Park. I haven’t done a real hike since I was pregnant with Isaac and oh man did I forget how much my spirit sings atop vistas reached using my legs and lungs. Mountains are truly my church. It makes my heart hurt to realize so many make it through life never knowing the almost overwhelming emotional energy-boost offered up by the outdoors.
My feet grew an entire size during & after pregnancy. Sarah’s did too. It’s common. I hiked Baldpate in pre-preg shoes. Bad idea. Fine on the way up, far than fine on the way down. Five days later my toes still feel pinched. Thanks to Amazon Prime I’ve already replaced the size 5.5’s with 6.5 Merrell Moab Ventilators – my fave hiking sneak of all time. Does anyone need a pair of size 5.5 hiking shoes? How about ski boots? I digress...
Since we hiked to a 3,400-foot peak, we deserved roadside whoopee pies. Obviously. Isn’t Maine the best?!
Now that Dora and I know we make a fab hiking team (I bring the sandwiches and the driver’s license, she brings the Taylor Swift lyrics, steady but not-too-punishing pace, and motivating energy) we are ready for more mountains. Finding a hiking buddy with whom you jive is not as easy as one may think. I feel incredibly lucky to not only have an awesome young adult my life, but to have one willing to spend a whole day in the woods with her sweaty aunt. With whom do you all hike? Do you have recommendations for mountains within a two-hour drive of Portland? Please share in the comments! (Btw Dora and I dislike wooded summits; #viewfordays hike recs only please, kthanks).
I’m off to do more (much less strenuous) hiking with Isaac and my dear friend Jenn in Rangeley later this week. Hoping we spot a moose!
Happy end of summer lovelies. Please, get outside, your soul with thank you.