riots #24: summer vacation + touring new england

Our much anticipated summer vacation had finally arrived! We had made plans to fly up north, rent a car and spend some serious time touring Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Portland, Boston and Cape Cod. It was fairly ambitious, but we were absolutely up to the challenge and very excited for it all.

Sunday – rest

Happy Father’s Day! We started our morning at brunch with Nana and Papa Bear.

father's day

Mr PugRunner wanted to spend the afternoon at the movies, so off to Dark, Phoenix we went. It was actually very good, if not a bit sad in an “end of an era” kind of way.

Monday – 6 miles, running + 9 Round

Monday was our last day at home. I went for a nice solo run and then threw myself into a session of 9Round.

Little man had clarinet lessons, and then it was home to pack. We had a 6:30 AM flight and plenty to do.

Tuesday – rest

We made it to the airport with plenty of time, but security was a nightmare and we literally made it to the gate with seconds to spare. Ugh. The flights themselves were fine, even with a layover at JFK, and we landed in Portland, Maine right on time.

After obtaining our rental car, we made the three hour trek to Bar Harbor. We had skipped lunch, so we stopped to eat our first lobster-based meal of the vacation and then checked into the Bar Harbor Manor, which was the cutest hotel ever.

Wednesday – 4 miles, hiking

I convinced the boys that getting up at 3:30AM to catch the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain was the reasonable thing to do, but unfortunate,y the weather was incredibly overcast and we saw nothing but fog. It was still peaceful and beautiful.

We did end up going back to bed for a bit after breakfast, and then went back into Acadia National Park for some hiking. We used the rest of the day to hike all kinds of incredible spots.

We pretty much collapsed into bed that night. That fresh air will get you every time.

Thursday – 3.4 miles, running

I couldn’t leave Maine without a run, so while the boys were sleeping I headed out for some miles around downtown and the ocean. It was cold and raw and so beautiful.

Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Bar Harbor, as it was time to spend a day in Portland.

Things didn’t go as planned as it was gross and rainy when we arrived. Instead of hiking on the cliffs outside the city, we took little man to an arcade, and then went back to our hotel room for lounging and room service.

Friday – rest

There was a break in the weather, so I convinced the boys that we could go into town for The Holy Donut and spend some time walking around to stretch our legs before the drive to Boston.

We arrived early in the afternoon, once again to drizzle and rain. Ugh. After lunch, we went to the Museum of Science to get out of the weather, promising ourselves we would be able to get out and about the next day. Little man loved it so it was a win.

Saturday – rest

Rather than run on Saturday, we opted to hit the Freedom Trail and worked our way through all 16 stops, with a few detours.

In the early evening, we took one of Boston’s famous Duck Tours, which was a really nice way to save my legs for Sunday’s B.A.A. 10K. I was super excited but we managed to get to bed at a reasonable hour in anticipation of the big run.


Obviously there has been no cooking on this trip. We’ve been eating well but with great variety, and I’ve been good at watching my portion control.

I don’t want to jinx anything but I may have kicked my diet soda habit. Since we’ve been away, I really haven’t had much in the way of Diet Coke (or diet Dr. Pepper). We are talking maybe one serving a day. I’ve done really well with water intake and I haven’t suffered any caffeine withdrawal. Not sure what’s going on (and I still don’t love water, obviously), but I will do my best to ride this victory wave!

Reading has been great. I had plenty of time to work through Clash of Kings on the plane and have caught up on more when we are chilling in the hotel rooms.

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14 Responses to riots #24: summer vacation + touring new england

  1. Darlene says:

    Oh suspense. How did the race go?

    Sorry about the rain. Welcome to my world.

    Sounds like a great trip.

    And you escaped the heat and ran in a few more states.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It went really well! I will recap soon!

      The weather is definitely throwing us. I just can’t get over that it’s the end of June and I’m so cold! It makes no sense in my brain! Meanwhile, a friend was visiting Florida and said it was so hot her phone melted!

  2. Looks like a great trip despite the rain. Good on you for kicking the diet soda thing. I started drinking regular soda (instead of diet) when I was pregnant…not that sugar is any more healthy than the other stuff, but since then I don’t drink much soda anymore. When I do splurge, I have the real stuff and it totally hits the spot. I don’t like plain water, either, so I usually have to add a drop of Mio (or other flavor enhancer), but my water intake is above & beyond the “daily minimum.” We do what we can, right?

    • runswithpugs says:

      We absolutely do what we can. I have come to realize that I just don’t like drinking in general. Some people are all about liquid. I don’t generally drink a lot during meals and and I really don’t feel thirsty often. I guess this means when I do drink, I want it to be something I love. I don’t know. I think it’s great that our son loves water and can’t be without it, so I’ll count that as my hydration victory 🙂

  3. you all squeezed a lot into your vacation! Hope you had a great time at the race yesterday
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Well I don’t know when we are going to get up here again, so we had to! I still don’t feel like we did enough! Definitely bummed about some of the hiking, but I guess we will just have to find a time to come back.

      The race was awesome. I will recap soon.

  4. So sorry you were up here for what was apparently the rainy season. What a bummer! I’m glad it was nice for the race at least! Can’t wait to read about it!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Nah, it’s ok. I can’t wait to recap the race, although it was such a blur, too! We are still going and it’s supposed to rain this afternoon but we will find something to do.

  5. It’s too bad the weather didn’t cooperate, but it still sounds like a fun vacation! Hopefully, you’re still up this way cause today was gorgeous!

    • runswithpugs says:

      We booked our whale watch for Monday and I don’t regret it (other than it was FREEZING) for a second. The weather was glorious and the whales were out en masse!

  6. Kim G says:

    Oh man, that sucks about the weather. Mother Nature has been extremely fickle this year. I’m glad you were still able to have a really fun vacation despite the weather.

  7. Coco says:

    Bummer on the rain, but New England can be like that. Glad you had some good weather in Boston.

    I saw a 9Round near my mom’s!

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s funny because it rains every day where I live, but just for 20-60 minutes and we’re done. These all day drenching rains are tough!

      But we worked around it!

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