What a fantastic trip I had! The “main” destination was Portland, Maine. The weather was good one day there. That was fine. I live in the sunshine, so a few clouds did not bother me. On Saturday afternoon (the nice day), I went to the ocean. I had so much to do in so little time, that I was not even sure I would get there, but since the ocean is maybe my favorite thing in the world, it was sort of like there was no choice.

I was not disappointed. When I opened the door of the rental car, I heard the roar. I was in heaven. I had a couple of hours light enough to walk along the beach. Still in heaven. I wished that I had some wellies like a family who arrived at the same time I did so I could have gone wading without getting totally soaked and frostbitten, but I did not. I almost went wading anyway (it is not like I have never done that before in an even colder ocean), but common sense made me know I would not relish the drive back.

My camera was doing strange things the entire time in Maine. Between that and driving myself, pictures are a bit sparse, but I like this one. Those of you who live near the ocean or visit it more frequently get so much better pictures, but since I am so rarely there, this is good enough for me. Can you feel my utter bliss at being there?

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To see LOTS more terrific sky pictures or to find out how to participate in this meme, head to the SkyWatch blog.

For Part 1,  go here.

For Part 2, go here.

Today is Part 3, which covers the 5th day of our trip, the second day in  Bermuda. After looking through these photos I have definitely decided to use some for some My World Tuesday posts, so there will be more later. That means I may  not have picked my favorite photos for this, but it is a general overview of the day.

We decided to rent a scooter. Tourists are not allowed cars, so it is scooter or public transportation. We knew we could not get to all the places we needed to go, especially in a timely manner on public transportation since we wanted to go Letterboxing. Thus we rented a scooter.

Notice the attractive helmet. Imagine how much MORE attractive it looked on me. No pictures. (We really did not chronicle all of this trip very well, did we?) The scooter was quite an adventure for two reasons. Prince Charming has not spent a lot of time in his life on such vehicles, therefore he was a bit nervous about driving it. Also in Bermuda they drive on the opposite side of the road from what we do in America. And they have roundabouts. On the first roundabout we missed the exit and had to go another way. We could not find a place to turn around for five miles. But I was not irritated. I was in love! (I’m telling you, waiting ten years to take a honeymoon is not a bad idea at all!)

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Now notice the wind. I mentioned that it was blustery the day before. This day was not much different except there was more sun.

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Our letterboxing adventures that day took us to an old fort (one of many on the island) and to Horseshoe Bay–possibly the most popular beach on the island. The fort was wonderful, and even more so because we FOUND the letterbox! At the bay, we found one out of two.  We have no idea if the other was there or not; the clues seemed to be not very clear, so it could have been there without our finding it.

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The water was cold, but there is no way I can be by and ocean and not get my feet wet. I grew up in the Midwest, and now I live where there is even less water. But when I first saw the ocean (7th grade?) I was in love… forever.

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The plovers on the beach were not shy. This one was running within inches of a person lying  down on the beach.

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By this time it was mid-afternoon. We had to head back for the daily nap, which by this time was preceded by daily ice cream. (Good thing we were hiking a lot or we would have gained 15 pounds each that week!)

Tomorrow is SkyWatch. I haven’t decided if I am going to just post a sky picture for the next day or include the next day on Friday. It doesn’t matter. The sky picture tomorrow will be good no matter where it is from