a couple weeks ago i had the opportunity to visit my brother and his family in downeast maine again. unlike my last visit, where we enjoyed hiking many different trails, this january adventure happened during a bitter BITTER cold spell. still, i managed to put on every layer i had and waited outside for 30 minutes to watch the sunrise over the frozen bay. i’ve actually never seen the ocean frozen before, can you believe it? i may have grown up on the coast of Maine, but we didn’t have as many inlets and bays down south that give the water a chance to actually freeze. while standing next to the frozen bay you could hear the ice creak and groan and crack as the tide slowly receded. we also went to Acadia National Park, but only to briefly take some leaps on the ice and soak in a little bit of sunshine. mostly we rode around in the car looking at the sights. the rest of the time we hunkered inside next to the wood stove, ate lots of tacos with homemade corn tortillas, and played games with my nieces.