For the last few years my grandfather and his wife have done one big Christmas gift for the family (around 40 of us) including tickets to the Portland Symphony Orchestra, renting a house on the beach in North Carolina, a day sail on the J&E Riggin and this year a trip to Monhegan Island followed by a lobster bake at their house.
Monhegan is an island barely a square mile in size and about 12 miles off the coast of Maine. It’s long been known as a fishing community and has year round residency of barely 70 people. The view from anywhere in the island is stunning – it’s no wonder artist flock here in the summer with its dramatic cliffs and spectacular views. Famous residents or part-time residents have included Edward Hopper, Jamie, Andrew and NC Wyeth and Robert Henri.
We got up at 4am to make the 40 minute drive to Port Clyde to catch the Ferry to the Island. We allow for extra time to make sure we weren’t late and arrived early so we skipped over to Marshall Point lighthouse. Once on the island we spent the day hiking and hiking and hiking some more. We had intended on taking the easier/day visitor route as the map showed. The long and short of it is we ended up on the harder more experienced trail which without of shape me…it was hard but in the end I made it. Exhausted but I made it. The kids and Mark did pretty well with it. Hint hint to mom – get in shape! 🙂
All in all it was a fun day and we were glad to spend time together. I can’t think of a better Christmas gift than creating memories.