|Near Perkins Cove|
Maine isn't that far away--three hours at its closest spot, but that's following little two-lane country roads plus on/off connections to three interstates plus hoping not to get involved with too much construction or Concord, New Hampshire's, rush hour. But then, there it is: the sea air! The wide Atlantic. The sound of the surf. And, of course, this time of year, the massive number of people who fill up the massive number of motels, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts.
I just returned from spending a few days there, re-connecting with the sea, walking the beach, and doing my usual thing of taking lots of photos--fortunately taking two cameras this time because (unfortunately) I found the sensor of one defective. The days were totally sunny, surprisingly hot (85 degrees), and really quite splendid. No, I didn't go swimming, keeping to long sleeved shirts and a hat.
- I found that there were a good number of Québécois there, both from the number of license plates as well as from overhearing wisps of a language that, to my ear, sort of resembled French.
- And then I saw a young man riding his bike no hands ... because he was texting. And ... concentrating on his i-phone the way he was, he wasn't looking where he was going but seemed to have no problem with that.
- I also discovered that there's such a thing as gummy lobsters. I had a request for some and, yes, they do exist.
Ogunquit has one of Maine's great sand beaches--which are all concentrated in the southern part of the state since the coast becomes rockier as one goes north. But, sorry to say, I lost all the shots that would give any indication as to just how extensive the beach is. The ones I've included here, however, do show an end sand bar that gets completely covered at high tide--thus you can see rivulets that remain after the tide has gone out.
|The sea and waves are in the far distance. The Ogunquit River is in the foreground. The sandbar in the middle is covered at high tide.|
|Ogunquit also boasts the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. This is a piece by Bernard Langlais.|
Just so I don't forget, besides the art museum (with a current exhibit of Andrew Wyeth's works), Ogunquit also has a summer playhouse, a splendid 1.5 mile oceanside cliff-walk called the Marginal Way, and a dear little cove, Perkins Cove, where you can look at the boats, get lobster rolls, and peruse the shops. Alas, the town's bookstore that I once enjoyed has gone out of business. But there is a handsome library just down the road. And good ice cream shops.