They had me at free admission.
I made sure we arrived WELL after the ribbon-cutting ceremony...I didn't really think the governor's wife nor the senator would appreciate my many men chasing frogs and chickens while they were trying to address the audience (*ahem* You're welcome, Mrs. Baldacci!).
There was no way that I could take pictures of the many BEAUTIFUL and creative parts of the gardens...especially with 5 kids, a borrowed camera, and zero adult backup...I had one of those, "Hey, it's free, if y'all go crazy, I'll just leave and I'm not out any money" moments. Luckily for
The grounds, brickwork and buildings were absolutely STUNNING! Many of the exhibits are based on Maine children's literature classics, such as Robert McCloskey's "Blueberries for Sal," which was a favorite of mine as a young girl...I remember coloring in the pages, as they only came in black/white.
|The Lawn Maze|
|"I AM looking at you, Mama!"|
|The thermometer in front of them read 100 degrees. blech.|
|Ummm...I think we were being watched...|
|I'd take a daisy over a rose anyday :)|
|What has two thumbs, a dinosaur tattoo, and has to pee?|
|Whale spray...a great way to cool off!|
|Gradster, who had just fallen down and refused to smile for |
or even look at the camera. Punk.
|Stump Jump: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Checking out the bear cave.|
|"Smile. No really, smile. Yes, we're going home after this picture,|
but you still have to smile. So, SMILE."
|"No, not make bear noises, S-M-I-L-E."|
|"Seriously, I'd like to send a picture to your great grandparents."|
|"Ummm, thanks for the effort...pssssssh."|
|"Yeah, I'm ready to go now, too. Mama needs a caramel frappe, STAT."|