Just north of us, there are still people sitting in the dark tonight. We are counting our blessings here in the Midcoast, knowing how lucky we are to be warm and with lights. There was some ice here, and walking the dog was a bit tricky, but we strapped on the Yaktrax and suffered through.
Once it looked like we weren't going to lose power, we were off. On Christmas Eve we headed down to Ipswich to spend the holiday with some friends. Stopping in southern Maine was half the fun! Our main goal was to find a dog-friendly beach for Dory, and we were up for some exploration. Going south is fun because there are so many beaches to choose from -- York, Ogunquit, OOB, and on, and on. There aren't too many sand beaches in Casco Bay; the glacier carried our sand away, leaving it to the south of here. Time to go enjoy some of the glacier's leavings.
|Rocks on Harbor Beach|
|I love this pic. You can see the curved waves coming ashore. Science!|
|Sea colander; Agarum nodosum.|
|An icy temptation.|
However, the Cliff Walk was pretty icy, and we had no proper foot wear for the situation. So off we went to the Nubble. I've just finished reading The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife, by Constance Small. She served alongside her husband at lights from Eastport to Portsmouth, and occasionally they filled in for the vacationing keeper at the Nubble. They were often photographed as part of the scenery, and she said she felt like a goldfish in a bowl. Understandable; even on a cold December day, there were plenty of tourists photographing the light from Sohier Park.
|Nubble light. I'll be back.|
On our way south we stopped for a moment at Long Sands Beach. When I used to teach middle school in coastal North Carolina, I learned how devoted surfers are. Many of my students would get up at five in the morning to surf before class. The surfers were out in force on Christmas Eve; suited up in wetsuits and making due with some pretty minimal waves. But it was heartening to see them; in this time when so many Americans are couch potatoes, here were a group of people enjoying the ocean even under a grey winter sky.
|Surfing is a year-round sport in Maine.|
|York Harbor history.|
|Where are we?|
|Clearing skies after the ice storm.|
|This is a bad photo, but those are Metridium senile anemones.|
To get there: To get to Harbor Beach: Take exit 7 and go south on US1. Turn east on York Rd (US1A) and go 1.75; turn right on Harbor Beach Road. The Nubble (Cape Neddick Light) and Long Sands Beach are north on 1A. York Harbor can be accessed by turning south on Rt 103 from 1A.