Saturday, February 6, 2016

Geo Cache




Have any of you ever done Geo Cache?  For a 9 year old boy it is like an ongoing Treasure Hunt and for adults well, its just about the same. This is a great activity that can be done all around the World for Free! I find the easiest thing to do is if you have a smart phone download the Geocaching App.  You can then either search for the location that you are in at the moment or a place you may be going to. The "Cache" or prize can be in a box or canister or just about anything. Some range from from little trinkets inside to just a scroll where you log that you have found the treasure and then replace it. You can bring a small treasure with you to put in the box and then you may take one out.  The App will give you clues to where the cache may be and hints from previous explorers. There is also a gadget called a tracker. If you find a tracker you can take it with you and replace it at a different Geo Cache site. Our tracker we placed has been to Arizona, Texas, Florida and Mexico and is now back in Maine. The people that have picked it up also comment on its voyage.
The reason I mention this is on a recent Sunday we did the 3 Geo Cache sites on the Devils Back Hiking Trail on Orrs Island. Finding the cache can be a little tricky in the snow but we did find all 3. There are many sites throughout the Town of Harpswell. If you come back and show me that you have conquered a Geo Cache site I may even have a prize for you.

Even though we only live 5 miles apart Sue and I rarely see each other in the Winter. I must admit I do not  think I have driven to Bailey Island more than twice since we closed. With that being said we took a Field Trip this week to the Old
Navy Base. We walked several miles on the Indoor Track that is now housed inside the Brunswick Recreation Building. After that we felt adventurous and made our way over to the new satellite branch of the YMCA. It doesn't have a pool like the one in Bath but does have just about everything else. I know many people that travel still like to keep in an exercise routine so these two places serve as a great choices. I was then going to take her past the new Retirement Community, Coastal Living but I thought I may be pushing my luck :)

Finally this was a crazy weather week. Thursday we had a record High of 56 deg. Most places had no snow and flower buds were popping up. The next thing you know Friday we get the 5:30AM phone call that there isn't any School and we end up with 8-9 in of snow. The photo above is of the Gang on our Friday Night Ski and lessons sponsored by the Harpswell Rec. The night was officially called off because of the lack of bus transportation. That didn't bother us though,we made the Hour + treck and all had a good time. Before you all make comments. A; I do not have a helmet or ski's because I am in charge inside the Lodge ( I am no dummy) handing out the Lift Tickets to our 65 skiers  B; I don't really like it!

I am headed to Florida on Tuesday for 2 weeks the same day our next storm is coming. I hope we get out.

Blessings,

Alicia

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Non Blizzard




While the rest of the East Coast and then some were getting hammered by the recent Blizzard we didn't get so much as a flake. We do have quite a bit of the snow on the ground still so no complaining here. The temperatures were cold last week 20 and below but this week will seem like a heat wave when tomorrow it could reach 40. I judge the Winter on how many snow plow bills I receive. At least this year I am here to use the driveway. It is tough getting the bill when I am in Florida.  The York Family and my Family are still doing the Ski Program with Harpswell Rec. Well I am not, I take care of the Lift Tickets from inside the nice warm lodge. Terrence graduated to the chair lift so now he is excited to make a few runs with Danny and Josh. Only 6 more days in January and I will spend 2 weeks of February in Florida so by the time I get back it will be almost March. I think I have a handle on this Winter thing.

Matt has demolished the Gift Shop area and has begun to reshape it per the ladies requests. It will be nice to have it more organized. Aimee has been painting and sanding down some of the TV stands to give them a second life. They have replaced some of the Vanities in the Bathroom. Some other items in the kitchen really are not exciting unless you have worked in that kitchen for over twenty years and then you would appreciate it. You can come in some time and I will show you.:)

Sue is still fighting with her puppy. I do not envy her on those cold dark mornings taking the dogs for a walk but I guess that is reason # 3,457 that I do not have a dog. No comments from the dog lovers . I like dogs, just having a 9 year old is enough. Sue and I are going to walk the Inside Track that Brunswick Recreation has  at the old Navy Base tomorrow. The Y was even opened up a Satellite Building there. I highly suggest driving around that area on your next visit, so much to see.


Blessings,

Alicia

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year 2016




Happy New Year 2016


  Some people celebrate Christmas in July and I wouldn't say it was  quite as warm as July  but at 58 degrees and no snow it certainly didn't feel like Christmas in Maine. That didn't last long however. Several days later we had out first plow able snow, about 6-8in. The kids were so excited, so many new Winter Christmas presents to try out. It turned into a Winter mess the next day with a mix of sleet and freezing rain but at least it looked like Christmas week.
  I wanted to give a Big Shout Out to the Orrs/ Bailey Island Fire Department who were called to a garage fire that was quickly spreading to a house on Orrs Island on Dec 28th. The good news is the couple got out without harm and  most of the damage was contained to the garage where the owner stored his collectible cars. Unlike in the City we rely on an all volunteer Fire Department and they are a very dedicated group. Cooks Lobster House immediately held a benefit for the couple and the couple in turn donated all the money to the Fire Department. Living in a small Community is  rewarding at times. If you are on vacation when one of our local groups has a Fundraiser please try to join in.

My family along with Matt and Aimee's rang in the New Year in Kingfield, near Sugarloaf Mountain. They  had much more snow than Harpswell. We did lots of sliding, snowshoeing and hanging out. I must say one thing you need a lot more clothes than ringing in the New Year in Key Largo.
Sue is still fighting with the new puppy ( which isn't so new anymore). Zoe recently started obedience school with Sue. Other that that I think Sue is spending time ordering flowers in her garden catalogs. She only has 3 months until we open!

Blessings,

Alicia

Friday, December 11, 2015

Happy Holidays





Wow! Christmas is two weeks from today. It is difficult for me to imagine  since the weather the last two days have been in the 50's. We have yet to have any snow or ice. I am pretty sure we have not had more than 3 days that it has actually been below 32 deg. There is mud in the driveway, I still have parsley growing in the garden and large buds on the Magnolia Tree. I am certainly not complaining, although about 3-4" would be nice for Christmas. Many of you know I have spent the last 20 winters in Florida and this year I am staying in Maine all Winter :(. My husbands job changed and now he is in Boston. I did manage to book 2 weeks in February in Florida. So far so good with braving the cold but I am sure that will change soon.

Last night my family along with Aimee and Matt's all went to the Boothbay Botanical Garden for their first ever Light Show. All I can say is WOW! It was Fantastic. The Boys had a great time with over 250,000 lights. There was even a scavenger hunt and fire pit at the end with smore's.  The previous week we went to the Christmas Parade in Freeport. LL Bean does an amazing job with their outdoor tree that plays music and does a light show.

For all those wondering, Matt did get his deer! A 7 point Buck. I enjoyed some nice venison jerky that he made. Sue is still driving  herself crazy with the Puppy and grown up dog. I think at this point she would work full time in the Winter to get away from the house. We haven't started any Big projects at the Inn yet. I am sure after the Holidays Aimee will have a list to start on.

We wish everyone a Happy Holiday and enjoy a very Healthy New Year so you can come
visit next year.

Blessings,

Alicia



Friday, October 23, 2015

Closing Time, again.




 Wow! I can't believe only one more week and we will be closed for the 2015 Season. It hardly seems possible that the end is near. This year we actually got one extra week open because the last Saturday of the month is Oct 31st. We are leaving Victoria in charge that night because Aimee, Matt and I will be Trick or Treating. What an amazing Fall we have had. The weather was fantastic we have had No Vacancy almost all Fall Season. Even tonight we only have 1 room open. We do however have two rooms open the last weekend so its not to late to squeeze in one last trip.
Sue just got out of her boot/cast after 6 weeks of limping around on that thing while chasing the pup Zoe around. Zoe who is keeping her awake at night and running during the day. That may be another reason why I have written the blog most of the season.
After working here 20 years I figured I must have done just about every job. Except for  plumbing of course I leave that to Matt. This Fall I decided that I would try helping Victoria  cleaning up the gardens and putting them dormant for the Winter. Seems like I have been working for hours and there is always just one more thing. I guess this is why they look so good in Season. Then I made the mistake of telling Sue that I needed some tulip and daffodil bulbs. Well you know what that lead to. I have a feeling I will be busy for weeks after the Inn closes...

So glad to see all our regular customers this Season. It feels great to have those return customers. This week made me think of a couple that came here 4 years ago on their Honeymoon. The following year they came on their Anniversary and she was pregnant. This year they came with their 2 year old son. Not only do guests see our children grow but we also get to see theirs. Very rewarding.

Don't forget if you want to spend some time on Bailey Island this Winter we will have the 2 bedroom West Shore Home available.

Blessings,

Alicia

Monday, October 5, 2015

Happy Medicare Birthday Sue



I first met Sue when I applied as a waitress at the Log Cabin over 20 years ago. I am not sure what one thing hit off our relationship. I was in my 20's and lets say she was somewhat older. She was finishing up a degree at Bowdoin College and I just ended an 8 year career at a Big Convention Center. We both have a hard work ethic and family is very important to both of us.

We have had some great  times together.None of them ended in jail but some were very close. Our trips to San Antonio, Key West, Boston ,  Portland and Augusta are time to remember ( or forget).

Sue has been with  me through ups and downs. She has held my hair back while I have been sick. She was with me during all my single days and boyfriend turmoil. . She was the "oldest" Bridesmaid at my Wedding. She wanted to be the flower girl but I did have a 3 year old niece.  She was the only one with me when I got the first sonogram with my son, and the only one who knew the sex of the baby, not even me! She was in the room when I was in labor and there at delivery. She was at the Hospital when I had Emergency Gallbladder surgery at Christmas.
She has been my lunch partner,  my cleaning rooms partner- I take the bedroom area and leave her the bathroom :),  we even took karate together ( that was funny), my partner at the gym, my Theater partner, my drinking partner, dieting partner.
We have had a lot of laughs and shed plenty of tears but that is what being a Best Friend is all about.

So today I wish my Best Friend a Very Happy 65th Birthday!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Web Cam

The Giant Staircase is just a 20 minute walk from the Inn


You never know what people are interested in until it is gone. With that saying, Yes we know that the Web Cam is down. It isn't something that is an easy fix like cleaning the lens or unplugging it and plugging it back in. It seems the problem is with the Web Designer and we have to find a new one. After that they need to rebuild the web site along with the web cam link. It is going to be quite a process which unfortunately will not happen until after we close.
Our September has been phenomenal. Last week we had temps in the 80's. This week feels a little more like Fall with night temps dropping to the 40's but the days are still warm and people are still in the pool. I believe our room occupancy will just about surpass that of July! We do have some openings during the last week of September and here and there in October.  We are open almost a week later this year so you have until October 31 to book a room. Don't forget next year also. If you have your favorite room or time we do not want you to miss out.
Are you wondering what it is like on the Island in the Winter? You can also visit us at the Rental Home, water side in front of the Log Cabin. Skip all the hassle and spend the Holidays by the gas fireplace and the spectacular Winter Sunsets.    Check out www.vrbo.com and it is 56 West Shore House.