It all started in 2006 when 13 of us decided to go away for a week together in Quebec City. That year we had two condos that were close to each other. While we were there, we decided that it had to be an annual event/
In 2007, 15 of us headed for Tennessee, into the Great Smoky Mountains.
In 2008, 18 of us had a huge house right on the beach in Virginia Beach.
In 2009, 20 of us spent the week in a 10 bedroom house looking out into the mountains in Maine.
In 2010, 19 of us spent the week in luxury in a 10 bedroom mansion on The Jersey Shore.
In 2011, 20 of us went down the highway to Michigan where we spent the week in a gorgeous, old mansion that is now a scrapbooking retreat on the weekends - but they allowed us to have it for the week - lucky us! Memories Manor.
That brings us to this year's trip. This year 20 of us spent our week just outside of Boston in a stunning, ocean front mansion in Harlow Bay.
The house was gorgeous, and huge. It seemed to go on for ever and ever. There certainly was no lack of space.
This was the "ballroom" where we set up our tables to scrapbook, when we weren't out doing other stuff.
Many evenings were spent lounging on this sectional, everyone all crammed in, enjoying the fire and laughing together.
The kitchen was a gourmet cook's dream. It was so big. It gave me some good ideas of what I want, and don't want, when we renovate our kitchen this winter.
One of the master bedrooms!
On Monday most of us went out on a whale watching trip off Cape Cod. It was probably the highlight of the trip for those of us that went along.
We saw a few Humpback whales. Some that were just chilling and diving to eat, some that were communicating with others by slapping their fins on the water, and one adolescent whale who gave us a great show when he decided to jump into the air and body slam onto the water. I was awe struck! I've been on whale watching trips before, but nothing like this. What amazing creatures!
When we finished with the whales and were starting back to the port, we came upon a pod of about 30 dolphins - mostly mothers with their babies. The guides told us that they weren't there to eat, but just to play. They said it was like the mothers brought their babies there for the day just to show them the lay of the land. It was amazing to watch the mothers and babies swimming together, jumping and playing. As we were pulling away, we looked back to see them swimming behind the boat to play in the wake.
Another day was spent going to over to Martha's Vineyard. We had a private tour to take us around. It was so pretty. I would have loved to have had more time on my own just to explore.
I did manage to get some pages done - 12 as a matter of fact. Not a huge number, but I was happy that I got that many done since we were out so much, either touring, or shopping.
It was another fantastic week! We had the best time. Now the search is on for our next year's trip.