Recently I’ve been seeing this Reny’s commercial on tv about things to do in Maine while you’re on vacation. Something about eating lobster, taking pictures, and obnoxiously hogging up all the good parking spots at discount stores, but I paraphrase. It seems like there’s a lot of emphasis on people on vacation, and rightfully so. Tourism dollars do a lot of great things for this state. But as someone who grew up in Maine and who has recently moved back with a family, I know there is a lot going on that tourism commercials don’t show. And, because I am a stay at home mom, I have the time to experience the things that this great state has to offer….
But, I don’t actually do any of that. Here are the things I do instead.
1) Drive Around, Scope out Free Stuff
When I was a kid, this activity was literally driving around and stopping at yard sales or places with a free sign. Sometimes this works out great. My dad found my sister a set of kid sized chairs once that were really nice. Sometimes it’s not so great. I spent the entirety of high school sleeping on a ¾ bed frame with a twin mattress because we found the frame for free and I really liked it.
In these modern times, Craigslist makes finding free things fast and easy to do from my house…but I feel like that takes some of the challenge out of it. The weather’s nice, road construction means I’m driving slowly anyway, and you never know what you might find.
2) Go outside (And Back In Again)
Usually I decide that I’m going to have a picnic with the baby. I bring out a blanket and some food. Realize that I forgot something. Go in and get it, then sit down. Realize I forgot something. Rinse and repeat.
3) Take the Baby Anywhere
Walmart, Target, etc, you are my friends. I can wander about for a seemingly unlimited amount of time and there’s plenty of stuff to show the baby. Though I wore the baby in a carrier to Walmart recently and had no less than five conversations about what it was and why I didn’t have a stroller. It’s 2015, Walmart customers, and sometimes caregivers like to have two hands. Get on board the baby carrier train.
4) Head Upta Camp
I have to be clear and say that my husband and I do not have a camp. But our families do, and there is nothing better than relocating for the weekend. Even though we are still very close to home, it’s nice to have a place to go and relax.
So, if you’re a tourist, and you want to experience one version of the Maine way of life, slow down a little. Enjoy the journey. And stay away from those discount stores.