This past weekend we drove ~13 hours to get to Bob's relatives in Maine. His cousin got married in a gorgeous blueberry field overlooking a lake, and we got to drink a lot of wine and dance. (And we got some blueberry jam, of course.) Then we headed to a cabin Bob's dad rented for us and all of his brothers, spent the night and had a great, long breakfast out on a deck overlooking another lake.
This was supposed to be the end of the trip, but on our way out a couple of important tubes in the car snapped. Every sort of liquid poured out, smoke billowed out of the hood, and we were stuck on the side of the road in the woods of Maine, on a Sunday at that.
We got the car towed after a couple of long, hot hours, but we knew we were stranded. We ended up staying with his aunt and uncle, the mother and father of the bride, in their huge log cabin. At first I was upset that we couldn't go home - I had a ton of work to do! - but I realized, uh, we're pretty much in a summer paradise, so stop complaining?!
We ate all the wedding leftovers we could, and his aunt cooked us a spectacular dinner straight from their garden. (I know how fresh the food was - I picked it.) We waited for a call from the mechanic, but it didn't come. They needed a part, so we were stranded for another day.
Luckily Bob's mom and stepdad were still in town, staying at his grandparents' cottage on Mt. Desert Island. We went driving with them, stopping at antique stores and roadside stops frequently. Later in the night we went to dinner at his grandparents' friends' house, a secluded cabin right on a lake. The house was small but beyond gorgeous, and I think for a minute I wanted to ask if we could move in.
Again, we had a surprisingly great vegan meal and a lot of fresh air. Later, we went out for ice cream and found not one, but FOUR ice cream shops that had non-dairy ice cream.
We got back on the road in the morning. I felt decompressed; I think not knowing when we would leave made me enjoy the fantastic surroundings even more. For once, I finally thought, "I can get work done later!" So I think the trip was a success.