Maine’17 – It’s Almost Time!

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We leave for vacation on Thursday. However, my mind left about ten days ago. That’s right! I’ve been noticing my mind meandering around some of my favorite Mt. Desert haunts: the Otter Cliffs, Cadillac Mountain, the main drag of Ellsworth, popovers at Jordan Pond – after the Jordan Pond hike, and the view of Clark’s Cove outside the window of the cottage Joseph and I rent.

The agenda is an overnight in Salem, MA and an overnight in Portland ME. Then it’s on to Mt. Desert Island and Cottage#5 at Windward Cottages in Town Hill.

I always find it so very stressful getting ready to leave. It’s not just packing and closing up my office. I have this thing about cleaning the house before I leave. It’s not that I’m a clean fanatic – because, for sure, I’m not. The reason is because I want to be able to come back to my home and say, “ahhhhh.” To me, coming back to a clean home is like my house saying, “welcome back.”

I love it then, but not so much now. It only adds to the stress.

This year, as though I don’t have enough going on, I have to finish the final edits on The Five-Year Marriage™. It’s been taking a long time and I need to get them done and onto the next stage. If I don’t get it done before I leave, I’ll be sitting in Jessup Library in Bar Harbor. I love that library, but I don’t want to be working on vacation…

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What are the Maine Diaries?

The Maine Diaries is a fun look at my annual adventure to New England where I unwind from normal life and reconnect with myself.

I was captivated by the Maine Coast on my first trip there in the late 90’s. In the years since, I’ve traveled up and down the coast from Kittery to Calais but I spend most of my Maine time Downeast. I love the adventures I have and the chance to unwind from the world and restore my inner clarity. I chronicle my experiences in The Maine Diaries.

Maine Diaries

Every year Annmarie Kelly embarks on a trip to Maine where she reflects on her life, the years challenges and successes while seeking solace and adventure in the beautiful Northeast wilderness.

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