WHO: Barry Solar, 67, of Boston, and his grandson Jack Tuttle, 5, of Brookline.
WHERE: Round Pond, Maine.
WHEN: One week in August.
WHY: "My wife and I took Jack there [the summer before] just for a weekend. He really liked it. He called it his vacation."
JUST THE GUYS: Solar and his wife, Judith, had planned to take Jack together. But when she had to work at the last minute, it became a grandfather-grandson outing.
ON THE WATERFRONT: "I'd rented a townhouse in a complex called Spinnaker Landing. It's on several acres on a peninsula. We were right on the water. At high tide if you looked down from the bedrooms you saw water. It's right on a working harbor with a lot of lobster fishing."
SUMMER SCHOOL: Solar had some important things to teach Jack: rock skipping and bike riding. "Every day I showed him how to skip rocks. We'd go down to the little rocky beach." In a large grassy area near their townhouse, he helped Jack cycle without training wheels. "I do a lot of biking and I'm encouraging him to learn how to ride a two-wheeler. I had to keep saying, pedal, pedal. He couldn't believe he could ride."
NIGHT LIFE: Almost nightly, they'd eat at the Anchor Inn Restaurant. "It's right on the water, with a screen porch. It's fabulous," Solar said. "[On the earlier trip] Jack fell in love with this waitress, named Paige. She still works there, and they hugged when they saw each other. We always sat at her table. She would let Jack help write up the check on the computer. After dinner, Jack, who can't see stars in Brookline, loved finding the Big Dipper from the parking lot."
BEFRIENDED: They toured the Damariscotta region daily, taking in sights on land and at sea. "One day we took the Maine Eastern Railroad from Wiscasset to the end of line in Rockland. Jack started talking to a boy his age and they played all day." The same thing happened on a boat tour. With Hardy Boat Cruises out of New Harbor, they motored to Eastern Egg Rock to view puffins. "You think they're going to be huge from the pictures, but they're very small," Solar said.
FROM THE OLD DAYS: One of Jack's favorite stops, remembered from the previous summer, was Granite Hall Store in Round Pond. "We went a couple times," Solar said. "It's a really old store and has candy and toys and gifts, and on the side there's an ice cream shop."