Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Maine Vacation 2011, Part I

We set the alarm for 3:30 a.m. in order to get the car parked, the shuttle ride taken, and be on the plane by 6:00. We flew to Boston by way of Baltimore on Southwest - the best ticket price I could find. We got a nice new rental car, set the GPS to Kev and Angie's address, and headed north to Maine. We stopped for a sandwich at Subway along the way, arriving at their house around 6:00 p.m. It was sauna-like, inside the house and out. Fortunately, we were blessed with the basement for our sleeping time there. Kevin and Angie have been blessed with a house to live in rent-free for a few months at least. I'm aggravated that I forgot to take pictures outside the house, so here are two tiny ones that she posted from her camera on Facebook. It's in the woods and is so peaceful.

We got up early in the morning to head for the Teen Challenge house, so Kevin could do his last minute arrangements for the golf tournament. It was 86 at 7:00 that morning. It was the beginning of the hottest July day they'd had in many years. I tried to get a picture of the air you could visibly see at the golf course.

The foursome was set up, and the day began. There were 48 players in 12 teams.

It was so hot that water was one of the most important elements of the day. Some of the Teen Challenge students spent the day delivering bottles of cold water to the parched players. Kev and Dwight said they each drank at least a dozen bottles. (I never did hear how many bathroom breaks they took!)

The tournament was held at the same place as last October, when I froze to death in the club house - the course is built on an old farm, and the club house is the barn. There's no insulation, so it was frigid last fall and blistering hot on this incredibly hot day. I'm guessing it was at least 90 degrees in there all day. I could have spent the day in the basement, where there's a nice rocking chair in the ladies' room. But I feared if I went down there, I would never come back up into the heat. I spent the day reading in front of a very large, noisy fan that didn't do much, but was better than nothing. But I was really glad I was there, because the guys kept coming up and introducing themselves to me, then telling me their stories, and then telling me how much Kevin means to them. It was such a blessing to this mother's heart.

One of Kevin's duties in preparation for the tournament was to put together prize packages for a raffle at the end of the day, during the dinner. He worked really hard at it and had some lovely prizes. I gave him $20 to supplement what he had so he could have a few chances to win one of the packages. How excited we all were when he won the big "date night" prize.

In October, there's going to raffle off this - which Dwight sure wishes he could win! But the tickets are $100 each - and then he'd have to ride it cross country to Colorado~~

When Kevin was able to leave, we headed to Augusta to visit Angie's office - all of us looking like something the cat dragged in. I was so happy that none of the players had fainted from the heat! It was so much fun for Kevin to be able to tell Angie that he had won something --

And then he told her what it was - Two nights in two nice hotels in Portland, a gift card for a restaurant, an hour massage, tickets to a museum, and some beautiful salt water pearl jewelry - necklace and earrings. This was so perfect, because their 10th anniversary is on September 1 and they were wondering how they'd come up with the money for a nice celebration. This is such a special anniversary, because they've been together only about 5 of their 10 anniversaries.

It was so great to meet Angie's co-workers and learn how much they're appreciating her in her new position. She's doing great and loves her job. We met the head doctor in this large pediatric clinic who told us, "She's showing her true colors this week!" I'm not sure exactly what that means, but it has something to do with some tough issues she's had to deal with and done it very well.

We ended up taking a young guy to meet up with his parents in a town about 45 minutes away, and caught a bite to eat on the way back to their house - which was 89 degrees inside when we got there.

I'm happy to say it cooled down overnight and was in the 70s the next day, which was perfect for Part II - stay tuned!


Needled Mom said...

It sounds like a wonderful trip in spite of the tremendous heat. I know how much Kevin appreciated showing you around and what a delight to see him win the big "date." They will really celebrate their anniversary in style.

Sammy said...

I'm so glad KEvin won that amazing package. Angie's smile is so beautiful and happy in the photo where he is telling her he won. So sweet.

The heat is just the worst--I understand. I'm glad you were able to enjoy yourself and connect with people anyway. Sounds like it was such a special trip. I can't wait to hear more!

Glenda said...

So glad to hear that Kev and Angie are doing so well . . . and that you got to spend some quality time with them. It is unbelievably hot here . . . 109 predicted for a city just a little north of us. My car thermometer hit 106 one day this week!

Amy said...

Sounds like a well deserved blessing for Kevin to have won that package.

Glad you enjoyed your time with them if not the heat. We're at 110 today here....

Linda said...

Oh Dawn, I don't even want to talk about heat. At this point 90 degrees sounds cool :-)
I'm so glad it all went so well for Kev. He and Angie look so happy! What a perfect prize for them. I love the way the Lord works out all the details.
I so enjoyed this visit. Can't wait to hear more.

Maine Mom said...

Sounds like a nice trip thus far, even with the heat. I actually wish the heat would return! We've had pretty cool, rainy weather this week.

What a perfect prize for Kevin to win!

Sharon Lynne said...

Oh I loved this. I felt just like I was there. That heat sounds quite uncomfortable. I can't wait to read part II!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Awwwwwwww, the two melt my heart. What a sweet, sweet couple. I love the fact that they love and devotion to each other has been so solid!!! And the prize/gift/surprise for Angie...super.

Yes, I can see the humid air. Tho, I like the view...I'd rather have the humid. Even if I do complain about the heat. LOL

Great post Dawn. I'm looking forward to part II

Oh, and Dwight can have the motorcycle. To me, they spell D A N G E R O U S. LOL

Happy Friday to you.


HOOTIN' ANNI said...

they love? Oh boy...It's way too early. That should read THEIR love.

Gram said...

What a wonderful prize for Kevin to win - what a blessing for them. My brother lives in Maine and I think it is very beautiful, but I'm not sure I could take the extreme heat or the extreme cold.

Becky said...

Just took time to catch up with you too. So much to see. Lovely flowers in your 'Park', vacations to Maine are the best. Wish you had better (read cooler) weather for that one. Pretty wedding. I am a huge fan of her red shoes too. Your header is adorable. The girls are all growing up so fast. Big girls they are!

Enjoying your summer it seems ... one memory at a time.

PEA said...

We've been having a hotter than normal summer here as well, I don't remember sweating as much I have been! Oh sorry, I guess I should say "perspiring"! lol I'm so glad that you got to go spend time with Kevin & Angie. The golf tournament sounds like it was a huge success and congratulations to Kevin for winning such a wonderful gift package, wow!! It's no wonder Angie had such a huge smile:-) I look forward to reading the next part of your trip! xoxo

nancygrayce said...

I'm late reading part 1 and can't wait to get to part 2......they have a big house! I am so glad Kevin won that date package! How God works!

Angie looks so happy, it gives me such hope to read their story!!!

Brenda said...

I'm assuming it normally doesn't get hot enough to warrant central air?

Needing to drink that much water...maybe they had porta-potties at every hole!