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Maine Adventures Part 2: Hiking + Cross-Country Skiing

Hi guys! 

So glad you enjoyed my post recapping the Great British Bake Off Themed Bachelorette Weekend. It was as fun as it sounds. :)

And now, to recap the second part of the trip!

When I discovered we’d be in rural Maine (an hour+ north of Portland) for the bachelorette festivities, I immediately looked up the address and saw that we were actually staying super close to where one of my best friends from college lives! What are the odds, right?! Such a nice coincidence! So I knew I’d want to extend the trip a day to get to spend some time with her. 

Let’s back up a minute, though.

After the bachelorette baking challenge finished on Saturday evening, we all headed to our cabin for a cozy night!

We enjoyed chili and salad and all hung out and relaxed after our big day. 

On Sunday morning, we woke up to gorgeous blue skies and sunshine – and warmer temps, too. 

It looked so pretty with the fresh snow that had fallen the day before while we baked!

After having a super random breakfast (leftover chili, oatmeal, yogurt, berries, and a few bites of leftover cake), everyone gathered their things and headed out. Can’t wait to see everyone again in a month for the wedding!

I hitched a ride with a couple of the ladies to the town of Bath, which was on the way back towards Portland and was where my friend Lu would be meeting me!

town of bath maine

I was so excited to see her! We walked around town with some hot tea and caught up. We hadn’t seen each other since 2016 – WAY too long! 

After strolling around a bit, we headed back to Lu and her fiance Connor’s house. They moved to Maine from California a couple years ago and I’ve been dying to see their place. They’ve been renovating it themselves – super impressive! 

Their living room/kitchen area are just about finished on the renovations front, and came out so gorgeous – very bright and open. I love all the big floor to ceiling windows – they live right on a lake and the views are stunning.

After I got the tour, we sat down to some lunch – grilled cheese and tomato plus big salads topped with hummus.

Hit the spot!

easy vegetarian lunch

And then we all got ready for a hike!

Had to take advantage of the warmer weather – and all the trails that Lu and Connor can walk to from their house!

We had such a blast out on the trails. We were planning to do a short loop, but everyone was enjoying it so much we kept going!

hiking near bath maine

We were hiking around a lake, so the views were lovely.

At one point we stopped and walked a little ways out onto the lake – frozen solid this time of year!

By the time we finished we realized we had hiked about 6 miles – whoa!

Felt so good to get some movement and fresh air. 

When we got back to the house, we enjoyed some snacks and wine with a view:

And for dinner a bit later we made a homemade veggie ramen! 

It was delicious – apparently it was a CookSmarts recipe. 

On Monday morning, we kicked off the day with lattes and a veggie quiche.

It was snowing like crazy outside and had been for hours, so we decided that called for a little cross country skiing! 

We were able to go out on the frozen lake right by their house – so cool.

It was perfect for cross country skiing since it was so wide open – and flat!

I’d only been cross country skiing once before (on a trip to Breckenridge with friends in 2015), so I was especially glad that our skiing surface was nice and flat. ;) 

As you can see, their dog joined us for the adventure and also enjoyed herself!

Our post-cross country ski adventure lunch was a re-do of the yumminess from the day before: salad + grilled cheese (with avocado this time as well).

The dressing for the salad was one of my homemade creations: orange juice (so good in salad dressing) + olive oil + apple cider vinegar + a little lemon juice + dijon mustard. 

I was so sad to say goodbye to Lu and Connor later that afternoon – what a nice treat to get to see them. I can’t wait to go back to Maine in July for their wedding!

The only bummer of the weekend? I came home sick! I felt a little off on Monday morning (bad headache and lower energy, although I was able to rally for cross country skiing) but I honestly thought it was just from the wine the night before. (Although in retrospect, my tolerance is lame but not THAT lame…)

Well, by the time I got on the plane Monday evening I was feeling way worse – and sure enough by the time I arrived home I discovered I had a fever. Fail! I hope I didn’t get everyone on the plane sick. :( I’ve spent most of the week trying to balance catching up on work while also getting enough rest to get better. Getting there!

Have a great weekend friends, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Have you ever been cross country skiing? 

Comments

  1. 1

    Hope you feel better soon!

  2. 2
    Leslie A Swartz says

    So cool to see your college friend is Laura – I work at Dickinson in Facilities Management and Laura worked in our office. I miss her – Laura was such a sweetheart.

  3. 4

    Yes! Love this!! So much winter beauty :) Glad you all got together and had a blast- can’t wait for July!
    Feel better Anne!

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