My break was dominated by my youngest son’s sports schedule, lots of shuffling him to and from practices (football and lacrosse), like many of you. We traveled to Pennsylvania and New Jersey for lacrosse tournaments. Pennsylvania was fantastic. We stayed less than a mile from Valley Forge. Held on the grounds of a prep school founded in 1799, this tournament had the most gorgeous lacrosse fields I’ve ever seen, truly East Coast lacrosse at its finest, and we Midwesterners were just happy to play with the big boys. We flew out of Philadelphia, so we got to tour Independence Hall and saw the Liberty Bell as well, which were pretty amazing. Oh, yeah, and Philly cheesesteaks are fantastic.
The two lacrosse trips weren’t our only travel, though. The four of us headed to Harpswell, Maine, for a glorious week in a beach house right on the ocean. It even had a lobster house restaurant right next door!
|The delicious Estes Lobster House, Harpswell, ME. Photo courtesy of Roadtrippers.com.|
Harpswell is about an hour north of Portland and only thirty minutes from Brunswick, a wonderful little town and home to the beautiful Bowdoin College.
|Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. Photo by Karen Berner.|
|The iconic Portland Head Light, Portland, ME. Photo by Karen Berner.|
|The Atlantic Ocean. Photo by Karen Berner.|
The nights are getting longer. In a couple of weeks, autumnal equinox will herald cooler days and crisp nights. I’ll be in the football stands for Friday Night Lights every week, watching my youngest take the field as a starting Right Guard.
This fall, I’m returning to my journalistic roots and working on a few personal essays and articles, which I’m very excited about. I’ve also felt a few flashes of fiction. A line of dialog here, a description there. There could very well be a short story coming on.
How about you? How was your summer? What are you looking forward to this fall?
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