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!
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.