Let Freedom Ring ! ~ Time to hit the road !

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894
The week Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted the mask mandate I was driving to an appointment listening to talk radio. A man phoned the program I was tuned into and was commenting on the burdens of wearing a mask. He told the host of the show that he had recently visited three different stores without a mask on. The caller expressed "going into the stores was like walking on a nude beach for the first time." This was the best analogy of going mask less for the first time I have heard! Emoji
2020 was a difficult stretch for everyone and especially those who lost a loved one. My Mother passed away a year ago June 1st , non - covid related / due to complications from Parkinson's disease and blessed to have had a long well lived life.
Many of our extended family were unable to travel for the funeral. Therefore this summer some of our family, as my Dad would have said , plan to "hit the road" to see our first cousins in Castine Maine
Castine is a small quaint New England village on the coast of Maine. It is the definition of small town America. Filled with history dating back to the 1600's and home to the Maine Maritime Academy.
We are looking forward to seeing our cousins and especially Aunt Dorie, my Father's sister was born two weeks before my Mother and they were the best of friends. She is considered the town matriarch who leads and directs parade traffic during the Fourth of July festivities.
Every time the Mackintosh and Russell clans get together you can always count on many past memories being discussed and of course many new ones created. 
Our mornings in Castine usually begins with breakfast at MarKel's  Bakehouse , run by my cousin Kelly and her husband Mark. If the State of Maine is in port a stroll down the hill to the harbor might grant an opportunity to tour the ship if my cousin Heather's husband Billy , the President of the Maine Maritime Academy, is in town. Short day trips to Bar Harbor , Arcadia National Park and Deer Isle are all close by and beautiful destinations.
A trip to Maine is not complete unless you have a lunch time lobster roll and an evening family get together for a lobster bake. Looking forward to hitting the road this summer and leaving the the sweltering heat and humidity  of the DMV behind. 

Comments (6)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Buzz- thank you for participating in the June Challenge and what you have planned sounds like the perfect summer. I am so sorry about your mother. Our dear friend had Parkinson's and passed away about 5 years ago and I learned two years ago that his wife has Parkinson's as well. 
Have loads of fun and make lots family memories on your vacation. 

Jun 28, 2021 07:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are delightful scenes pictured, Buzz.  That kind of environment is among my favorites.  I'm sorry about the loss of your mother.

Jun 28, 2021 08:40 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Buzz, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jun 28, 2021 08:41 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Buzz - I am sorry to hear about your Mother.  It seems this year's trip to Maine will be especially memorable for multiple reasons as stories and experiences are shared.   

Jun 29, 2021 04:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello Buzz... so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. It's never easy to lose a parent. As for your trip to New England... it sounds idyllic. I'm quite jealous. And I loved your photos.

Jun 29, 2021 06:15 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I hope you have a great time visiting Maine.  Castine sounds like a wonderful, small community.

Jul 01, 2021 03:38 PM