Day 3 – Kennebunkport, ME

We spent our first evening and full day in Kennebunkport. While we were not invited to dine with the Bushs at their complex, we did hike to it to take a look. What an amazing complex. It’s no wonder they love it there!
This was as close as we got but beautiful views of the complex and the sea from Walker’s Point 

After that it was off to town to have the obligatory lobster roll and clam roll. We checked out a few shops and then back to our hotel to relax for a bit before dinner. 

We found relaxation in some lounge chairs where Kim enjoyed a cocktail and I a cigar. 

Then, back on the bike and back to Earth at Hidden Pond, where we had massages yesterday, for dinner in their renowned restaurant. It was, perhaps, one of the best meals we ever had! And they have a some great sitting areas, including an indoor fireplace, perfect for a chilly Maine evening.

Tomorrow we say goodbye to Kennebunkport as we make our way North to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. More to follow!

Day 1 – Boston 

Kim is super proud we were able to get all of our clothes and gear picked into our motorcycle luggage for our 10-day trip up the east coast to Maine. Night, our 15-year-old cat, really wanted to come with as demonstrated by him sacking out on our atlas (see pic above). 

Following an 8-hour journey starting in Media, PA, we arrived at our hotel in Boston at about 5pm. Oh, and we rode about half of the trip in a light to medium rain starting in Connecticut and lasting all the way to Boston. Thankfully we have good rain gear! A brief rest and cleaning up is followed by a wonderful dinner with friends, Jennifer and Peter – delicious Boston Italian food!

The next morning we grab a quick breakfast at Ziggy’s and then it’s off for a stroll around Boston Commons and Boston Public Gardens. 

After that, off to Maine! We stopped for lunch in Salisbury, MA at The Deck on the Merrimack River. Next stop was Kennebunkport, ME where we arrived in the late afternoon just in time for well-deserved massages at Tree House at Hidden Pond. 

A private tree house massage room – amazing! The day was capped off with dinner at a wonderful restaurant and a stroll around town. 

Check back in a day or two for more!

Why give thanks on Thanksgiving?

I mean, think about it. Why give thanks on Thanksgiving? OK, sure, it’s a tradition. But really, why not give thanks every day…or any day? As I get older and see things through an ever evolving lens, I find myself trying to recognize the good things in my life and in our world, rather than worrying about problems or dwelling on the negative. Now, I would be lying if I said I never worry or dwell on the negative, but I do think that happens for less and less.

Each day I try to find a few moments to take inventory, recognize the good and the positives in my life, and to appreciate them. I try to think about my behaviors at work, at home, and when I’m out and about in the world in general. Am I living a life each day that I can feel good about? Am I seeing the good around me and appreciating it? What could I have done differently to make my life, and the lives of those I come in contact with just a little bit better? Have I done anything that I need to address that I might have regrets about later?

When I really take time to reflect, and to be thankful, I find that I am thankful for so much. I am thankful for a wife who is my partner and my best friend. I am thankful for our three kids who are all unique and have special gifts to offer. I am thankful for my extended family, even though I don’t see them often. I am thankful for a job that, while sometimes challenging, is so fulfilling that I honestly enjoy going to work every day. I’m thankful for a team of staff that really care about the work they do and help me to be a better leader. I’m thankful for a boss who respects my capabilities and calls me out only when absolutely necessary. I’m thankful for a group of peers that I trust to have my back. I’m thankful for our new home that is just big enough to meet our needs now and is also a lot easier to keep clean than the last place! I’m thankful for our pets because, well, just because they are each an important part of our family. There is more, really, a lot more.

You know what? I am also thankful on Thanksgiving because:

1. I get to spend time with my entire family, even if only for a long weekend

2. I love turkey and with all of the fixings (and pumpkin pie…I REALLY love pumpkin pie!)

3. It inspired me to write this post and to share more about my every day gratitude

So, sure, why not? Let’s keep giving thanks on Thanksgiving. But let us not forget that we can be thankful every day…or any day. Life is short. Enjoy the good. And give thanks.