Halloween 2018

This Halloween, Sal and O’da visited, and it was perfect that they did. Here’s a visual documentation of our experience. Liam was link, right down to the tunes he learned on the ocarina. He also borrowed a professionally made Hylian shield from Antonio and Seth (thanks Antonio and Seth!). Reid was a grim reaper with awesome black leather boots and a bloody scythe. They have only just reached the end of their accumulated candy, after eating four pieces every day. So that’s about 100 pieces each. Reid still has some to go!

Wild Edibles!

Inspired by a brilliant gift from our friends the Hasbrouck’s, we took the Waring grandparents on an adventure to create a meal from nothing but locally available wild edible plants. Liam was especially excited and energetic about this idea.

Liam and Reid clipping sumac berry clusters off of the tree for sumac berry juice

Liam and grandma Marie beginning a difficult harvest of burdock root.

Reid and grandpa Topher process this strange but edible can’t tail route. They are Kors are fibrous and have a white starchy paste which can be eaten.

Liam whittles a burdock root down to an edible core.

Topher shows how to extract the center of the cattail root.

After hard work and harvesting and long work in processing this is our meager bounty of starchy fibrous cattail root.

Boil the burdock root for half an hour…

Sumac berries soaking in water. It’s something like lemonade, unsweetened. Not bad!

Our Linden leaf salad which Liam garnished with snapdragon flowers!

I believe we finally ate our meal after all of our hard work and processing at about 1:30 PM!

Liam did some diary on the topic.

Despite the fact that we did not collect very much food, after trying all of our wild edibles our ravenous hunger somehow left us.

A weekend on Mount Desert Island

First we did a celebratory double round of pirate mini golf. Tons of fun.

We had coffee ice cream and cones from the grocery store. That night we camped in Acadia too, although the Perseid meteor shower was obscured by clouds. Camping was great. We all agreed that the next time we need to do multiple nights. That’ll be Barville, next weekend!

Then we went on an 8 mile bike exploration in Acadia.

Bubble pond

Jordan pond brick house

And after a successful trip, we decided to tack on another hike up Acadia’s most difficult and dangerous trail. The Precipice!

The precipice trail is really very steep!

The reward was copious amounts of wild blueberries at the top AND a generous family who gave us a ride to our car at the end.

Archery for Liam’s birthday

We went camping for Liam’s birthday near Wolfe’s Neck state park, and took archery lessons.

Camping usually means packing the car to the very brink. Also there are two bikes on top, and two on a rack behind.

We took a training through LL Bean.

It was fun to learn. We were so excited that we took the target papers home as trophies.

These were the bows they had us use. Very nice. Strong and comfortable to hold and they really  look the part!

Lunch at the campsite.



One day we went out on the mud flats when the tide was low and had a mud fight. No pictures.

Reid enthusiastically explored the integrated farm that was part of this camping area called “recompense”. He found, and showed us pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, geese, and cows. It’s delightful to have Reid take us around on bikes on a farm tour.

One morning I went for a run in Wolfe’s Neck state park, and came across this little view. It’s a special view for me. Here’s why (see below).

We visited this precise spot seven years ago, when Reid was 1 & 1/2.  What’s more we have a famous video of the event. See below. You’ll see the same angle on the bridge toward the end of the video (although apparently a small birch is now missing).

Fourth of July

On the Fourth of July Katie organized a trip to Stockton Springs, on the Penobscot Bay. We biked around a state park, swam in the ocean, explored the impressive Fort Knox, and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, and had a gigantic amount of ice cream. We also had lunch at an adorable community church barbecue stand in Searsport, and finished off by watching the fireworks in Bangor from the Brewer side of the river. It was a great way to spend the fourth!

Mount Katahdin

We hiked Mount Katahdin for the first time as a family with Jenny and Isabel Shemwell and their friends, Sam, Lizzie and Chung. The hike starts out easy and we pass over a beautiful stream. As the hike started to get more rocky and steep Reid and Nathan and I went ahead together. Reid versus the mountain. it’s really a stunning mountain. The view from the top is like mountains in the west: The summit: Going down again: As you can see, it gets pretty steep and challenging: At the end we had the bitter pleasure of soaking our tired and bruised feet in the icy water of that perfect little stream:

Deer Isle trip

The trip to deer Isle included a number of highlights. One of them is hiking on Barred Island. Barred Island is covered in deep moss, and has a lovely beach of shell-sand, on which we were too busy to take any photos. Here is the moss: With the central roads of the island are very dangerous for bikers. Instead, we biked around a bit on the smaller roads: The kids helped a lot at the campsite. And up close view of the lichen and spruce cone fairy house we made on tea kettle island. The fairy house itself. Reid and I made this one. Reid is sitting on a ledge that oversees the low tide section between deer Isle and tea kettle island near the Crouse’s camp.The water was cold and refreshing. There were tide pools with crabs and there were jellyfish in the ocean. Being close to the ocean is always so special.

A derelict boat yard on Deer Isle

For Katie’s birthday celebration our family went biking and camping on Deer Isle. We stayed near an old granite quarry which was interesting enough, but nearby we also discovered this derelict shipyard. It contained a gigantic warehouse for building boats of many sizes. It was covered in graffiti. And there were trees growing inside. It was beautiful.I took all these pictures before I went back to get the family and show them, so there are no pictures of the family.