Okay, I can hear you from here (Waterville, ME). You’re telling me I’m always on vacation. It’s really not true. I don’t have another vacation after this until March.
It really is my birthday today. 55 years old and I have no problem saying that. I figure you have two options: you either have the next birthday or you’re dead. I’ll take every birthday I can get! I haven’t had one birthday that I’ve freaked out over. You seen the thing I mean – “Oh my God, I’m going to be (pick one) 30, 40, 50 … life is over.” Maybe you’ve even done it. I think it’s stupid. Focus on living each day and you won’t ever worry about how many days you’ve already had.
My husband’s birthday is Sunday. He’ll hit the big 5-0. Half a century. He’s not stressed about it either. After all, he’s on vacation, too. Vacation will trump age worries with him any day.
Our anniversary is a week after my husband’s birthday. For all you number buffs, no, we didn’t realize before we got married that our anniversary (18) is the sum of our birthdays (7 + 11). It does seem kind of cool, though!
Neither my husband nor I need any material gifts. We have what we need and we really don’t value material things very much. So we decided early on that, instead of giving each other gifts on all of these special days, we go on a vacation at this time every year. We both love to travel and there is nothing better than getting away with the person who means more to you than life itself.
This year we have decided we want to see if moose really do exist in New England. We have seen moose in the wild in Wyoming. But in spite of all the warning signs along highways in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, in spite of years of looking, we have NEVER seen a moose in New England. NEVER.
We’re staying in Waterville, ME. We checked in to the Hampton Inn here about 4 PM — or at least we tried to check in. Our room was not ready. We had to wait 20 minutes at least before we could go up to our room. I was really tired after the long drive and didn’t need that – I wanted to take off my shoes and lie down for a bit. The room itself is lovely and roomy.
Our plan is to head up to Moosehead Lake tomorrow. It’s about an hour and a half away. We figure, based on both its name and reputation, we will get to see a moose – if they really exist in New England. A picture is worth 1000 words, they say, and I plan on getting plenty of pictures if we do spot any moose.
I’ll let you know if we spot Bullwinkle!