Earlier this year, one of my best friends and I were chatting about summer, camping plans, trips we would take, etc when we both realized something. Neither of us had taken a single trip anywhere without our children since they were born five years ago. Realizing that we hadn’t been anywhere or gotten away for a bit as just adults in the past five years was rather mind blowing. We decided we were in need of some serious adulting together, and began planning our first Friendcation as we took to calling it.
Over the first weekend of June and along with one of our other great friends, we set off on a fabulous adult weekend road-tripping through Maine. We only had a vague plan; one of the beauties of not having our kiddos with us is was we could do what we want, when we wanted to. Often times that luxury entirely disappears once you become a parent, and man it’s nice to re-indulge in it sometimes. We had only two main goals. My bestie wanted to see Stephen King’s house, and we both wanted to see a lighthouse.
We scooted off to Bangor, enjoyed a night in a hotel, and the next morning brought a quick drive to Stephen King’s house. Apparently he has three houses, and lists this one to the public (as in, it’s on Google Maps as ‘Stephen King’s House’) so this really isn’t as creepy or stalkerish as it may sound. 😀
From there we headed to a place called Fort Knox (not that Fort Knox, duh) and it was the coolest thing we did all weekend. It was a fort used during the War of 1812 that still remains intact today and is open for exploration. I love that it wasn’t a guided tour – you just get your ticket and go in for as long as you want. It was such a fun experience! So much of it is pitch black, and super creepy (obviously, there are claims of hauntings) and we had hours of fun exploring! There was even an underground tunnel section leading to a different battery area, which was extra creepy but so fun to explore. Plus, along the way are plaques & signs with info about the fort and it’s uses which was pretty nifty to learn about. I have a few photos to share, but as so much of it was pitch black, I don’t have too many!
Sunday was the day of the lighthouse (The Portland Head) and it ended up being so foggy, you could hardly even see the lighthouse!
If that weren’t enough, the entire thing was under construction so even up close it was just a mass of chain link fencing and scaffolding. We actually had a good laugh about the whole thing, and enjoyed snapping sad face pics with it. The Portland Head is located in Fort Williams Park, and it has so many places you can explore, including cliffs along the ocean. Hiking the cliffs was super fun (gets the adrenaline going!) and definitely made for some gorgeous ocean sights. Cue photo dump.
For me, this weekend ended up being more than just a trip. While I do a lot more in my life besides mothering, a huge part of my life is dedicated to that, and I am home about 90% of the time. Couple that with anxiety, and sometimes I forget that I can exist outside of my little home bubble. This trip reminded me that I am capable of going out and doing things, and that I can enjoy the hell out of it too. I broke down some serious anxiety barriers with this trip, and as someone who wants to travel more, I’m so happy about that. It also reminded me that I don’t have to go far and spend a lot of money to see amazing new things. I definitely want to plan more semi-local trips soon!
All in all, the weekend was a smashing success. We took only back roads through Maine, stopped at multiple random sights along the way, sang at the top of our lungs, and enjoyed the freedom of it all together. We’ve dubbed the trip our first Friendcation, and now plan to do one every year in a new location. Bring it on.
What was the last trip you took (with or without kids?) Where do you want to go on your next trip?