Thursday, August 30, 2018


6:53 am - Thursday - August 30th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 68º F, 92% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the north.....partly cloudy with a forecast high of 75º F today.

If you read Wednesday's blog post you noted that in the opening paragraph I referred to August 29th as our 47th wedding anniversary.  Over the first 37 years we rarely focused a lot of attention on anniversaries, birthdays, or even Valentine's Day.  Instead we attempted to make every day of our lives together important.  We did go out for dinner once every two, or three years, but there was nothing regular.  Our goal each day was to wake up thinking of what we might do to make the other's life better.  However, about 10 years ago we began to celebrate our wedding anniversary each and every year, usually by going to a really expensive, high end restaurant, we take time out during that special day to spend time thinking and talking about our life together, and sharing memories that stand out to each of us.  It has been a good life together, and neither of us can imagine our lives without the other.

We started out our anniversary day with a drive over to the picnic area at Seawall.  There is no sand beach there, but there is shade, and numerous picnic tables.  If you get there early enough you can snag a picnic table, but we brought our beach chairs just in case.  At Seawall you have a lovely view of the entrance to Southwest Harbor, and can see the lobster boats moving in and out of the harbor.....

.....we arrived just after 10 am, snagged a picnic table (although we chose to sit in our individual beach chairs) and spent the next few hours reading and enjoying the cool ocean breezes coming off the harbor.  It was the perfect place to escape the continuing 'heatwave'.  

We were back home by 1 pm enjoying the A/C.  It only got into the high 70's on Wednesday, but the humidity was still high.  We had a 6 pm reservation at Red Sky in downtown Southwest Harbor for our anniversary dinner.  When we first arrived in Southwest Harbor we asked our co-workers for a recommendation for our anniversary dinner, and they, to a person, recommended Red Sky for the special occasion, so we filed that in the back of our collective mind.

We decided to arrive at the restaurant about 30 minutes prior to our reservation so we could have a drink at their bar before moving to our table.   TLE ordered a glass Prosecco for her drink, and I ordered a couple of shots of Laphroaig 10 year old single malt Scotch on the rocks.......

......we both had looked at the menu online earlier in the day, and pretty much knew what we were going to order.  To start I ordered their Beech Hill Mixed Greens salad, and TLE their Gazpacho.....

....we always order an expensive (for us) bottle of wine for our anniversary dinner, and since we are now into Malbecs we ordered their 2014 Catena Malbec (Argentina) was well worth the cost!

For our entrees I ordered their Bavette Steak (grilled with a mustard crust and served with a blue cheese butter over red wine caramelized onions) and TLE their Pan Roasted Breast of Duck (with a port demi glace  and pear and blackberry sauce).  The food was worth every penny, the service was second to none, and the ambiance was just perfect!  

We were on our way home by 7:30 after 2 wonderful hours spent in this wonderful, local restaurant.  I cannot imagine a better experience!  And that was our 47th wedding anniversary day.

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