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Day Trip to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine

Day Trip to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine - traveling with kids - homeschool on the road - Maine in the summer

It was too cold to go to the beach or hike up in the mountains, so we headed to Acadia National Park. We'd heard so much about it, that we just knew it would be worth the 2 hour drive from where we were staying. And it was, but not in the way we were imagining.

I'll lead you on a photo journey of our day trip to Acadia National Park and dinner in Bar Harbor.

Hiking the hills of Maine

Hiking the hills of Maine - family hiking and gorgeous views are a great combination - Camden, Maine - traveling with kids - summer road trips - homeschooling on the road
We'd heard about how fun Camden, Maine was. Several people had encouraged us to go. But I was still taken aback by its beauty!

One afternoon of our time there we decided to go for a hike. Trip Advisor pointed us to Camden Hills State Park. We took the beautiful drive to the top of Mount Battie. The views of Penobscot Bay and the surrounding areas are just spectacular from the top of the mountain.

Two days in Boston


We took a trip to New England this summer to escape the August heat of Nashville.

Flying into Boston, we started our trip with a day in the big city. First we needed to find some lunch! With the help of Yelp we discovered Souper Roll Up Cafe in Cambridge. There we ate delicious soup, wraps, and sandwiches served to us by the owner. It's a small shop and our order came out quickly.

A Day in Woodstock, VT


A summer trip to Woodstock, VT - a great quaint, historical town - perfect for a summer day trip with the family.

Set among the trees, gorges, streams, quaint houses, and lots of history, Vermont is truely a place of beauty.

This past summer we visited the small town of Woodstock, VT, not far from the western border of New Hampshire. July in Vermont is quiet pleasant with warm weather and lots of blooming flowers in the landscapes.

A visit with Henry Thoreau in Concord, MA


A visit with Henry Thoreau in Concord, MA

It's not every morning that you get to visit with someone who made history in their time.

A visit with Henry Thoreau - Walden Pond - Concord, MA

Today we visited Walden Pond. It's now a state park in Massachusetts, but it was once owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Starting in the summer of 1845, Emerson invited his friend Henry Thoreau to build a small cabin and live on the land. Thoreau is known for encouraging a respect for nature and the environment.

Boston without an Agenda

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston
 John and I had the opportunity to go with his graduate Sustainability program at Lipscomb University to tour the birthplace of Sustainability - New England.  We flew in a day early to enjoy Boston on our own.
We stayed in a brand new hotel - Yotel. There are only 4 in the world. The rooms are small and cabin like. Everything is multi-functional - the bed becomes your couch. It worked well for us, but would definitely not work for a family.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We ate breakfast around the corner at a small cafe called Flour Bakery and Cafe. I had the avocado toast with and egg and lots of cilantro. Delicious! John had French toast with blueberries - good, but very sweet! I would highly recommend this little Cafe. They teach classes here too.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We've been to Boston before and have seen a lot of the historical sites here, so we decided to take a walk around the city and see what other types of places we could find.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We crossed the water on Congress Street, seeing a great view of the Boston Tea Party Ship Museum which we hope to visit on our next trip back to Boston with the kids.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We came across a small, unique, and free museum called BSA Space funded by the Boston Society of Architects. It has two floors of exhibits detailing the architectural and design history of Boston. It was a lot more interesting than it sounds.

You can't leave Boston without visiting a few famous places.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We toured the Quincy Market.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We ate lunch with half of Boston in the Faneuil Hall Market. Here you will find a statue of Samuel Adams.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We also visited the Boston Hay Market. There were all kinds of good foods and great shopping places in this market. We even got to talk to a lady selling lettuce grown in a freight container!

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We were really impressed with all the green spaces in Boston. The Greenway is located over the top of the underground subways. There were several weekend markets and events going on in each little mini park. With the help of Yelp we found a local coffee shop and sat and enjoyed the sunshine and scenery.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We took the long way to the restaurant we were to meet up with the rest of the grad students, walking along the wharf, taking in all the fancy boats. Booking a trip on one of these boats for a harbor tour would be fun!

We ate a delicious seafood dinner at the Yankee Lobster Fish Market.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

After dinner, we hopped in the University's rented van and drove up to Dorchester Heights to see where the colonists drug cannons up a pretty steep embankment and pointed them at the British ships in the Boston Harbor, encouraging them to head back to England.

Boston without an Agenda - travel guide to Boston - a day in Boston

We drove towards Lexington and Concord and saw the Minute Men Trail. I'd love to come back and explore this area some more. It looks like a great place to hike or bike.

Now our school part of the trip would begin - studying the role of sustainability in New England.

Follow us along our Sustainable New England trip




Crafting with yarn scraps - cards to make with your kids for Mother's Day or other holidays

Creating Mother's Day cards with yarn - yarn art - card making - preschool arts and crafts - cards to make with your kids

I love to use yarn scraps to create fun craft projects with my kids. This week we've been making Mother's Day cards with yarn we have leftover from different crochet projects.

You might enjoy these crafts/cards: