|A throne for a queen of a gal.|
The night before our outing, I pulled the Maine Gazetteer out from under the boots ,water bottles, boxes, and otherwise useless junk that seems to accumulate in my car, and took a look at it. Hmm, interesting -- I had noted from a previous trip that there was a trailhead on Rt 32 between Round Pond and New Harbor. Once again, that Gazetteer proved itself worth the money I paid for it, because this was the trailhead for the LaVerna Preserve.
Julie was up for a reconnaissance mission to the preserve. At first, it didn't look like much (at least not to an Ocean Lover). You know, just some nice trees and a really cool stone wall or two. But this preserve ends up to have one of the most spectacular coastlines in the state -- and that's saying a lot. After a nice little 20 minute hike, the trail opened up with a spectacular view of Muscongus Sound and some amazing rocks, with crashing surf and intertidal zonation in evidence.
Now, I'm not much of a geologist, so I'm just going to let these pictures speak for themselves:
Needless to say, I think you all need to turn off the computer -- right now -- and get down to LaVerna Preserve! I'll see you out there (or, just maybe at the King Eider Pub afterwards).
TO GET THERE: Take US 1 to Damariscotta. Go south on Rt 129, and after 2 3/4 miles bear left onto Rt 130. After 2 3/4 miles, you will enter Bristol; turn left on Lower Round Pond Road. Follow this to the end and turn right onto Rt 32.The trailhead will be on the right about 3 miles down the road, just after the cemetery. Enjoy!