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August 18, 2014

The Maine Thing – part 3

Thursday, day 56 of summer, dawned sunny and windy after the storm the day before. The high tide in the wee hours of Thursday morning came up extremely high.

It washed all the way up to the beach grass. You can see in this shot two of three kayaks that washed up along the beach. They didn’t get too far from their owners, but they were filled with mud. Our beach stuff was too.


I’m surprised that tube didn’t float away somewhere. The blue plastic is a sun tent that we collapsed over our beach chairs. It did a decent job of keeping the chairs fairly dry, but the mud holding it all down was very heavy.

In addition to kayaks, I found other things washed in with the storm, like this jellyfish.

There were spectacular waves for this area as well. The tides at this little inlet beach are usually extremely mild. Even at high tide the waves are normally just very gentle rolls. When I walked near Basket Island at low tide, I was shocked to find loud, crashing waves.

Here’s a little video I took.

While I wasn’t able to get any close pictures of the resident blue heron, I was happy to once again find a snowy egret.

Thursday was a good day for finds!

Friday, day 57 of summer, and our last full day in Maine, was “iffy” weather-wise. It was cloudy and cool as I took my last morning walk.
Cloudy cool morning

I normally like to spend my last vacation day basking on the beach all day, but the weather wasn’t cooperating, so I suggested to my family that we take another short jaunt out for a while, in hopes that maybe the clouds would clear and allow us some late afternoon beach time. We headed up to Scarborough. We scoured for treasures at the large Christmas Tree Shops and had lunch at the Sebago Brewing Company. I really enjoyed my seafood chowder and lobster BLT!
Sebago Brewing Company lunch

No visit to Scarborough is complete without a visit here
Famous Maine place
to buy candy and see Lenny the life-sized chocolate moose!
Lenny the life sized chocolate moose
Lenny is made from 1,700 pounds of milk chocolate!

At the end of the day, the girls and I carried out the end-of-vacation tradition: feeding the seagulls any leftover food we didn’t plan to take home.

The birds gathered in large number quickly.

Meghan had to check and make sure we weren’t giving away perfectly good potato chips!

Quite the commotion was caused when a handful of chips was tossed out.

And Meghan even got one brave soul to take food from her hand.

Even though the weather was less than perfect, I cherished this time on vacation with my family. I know my years of having my whole family together for this week in the future are running low, so each passing year’s vacation becomes more precious.


  1. I love the Maine coast. Truth is, I love the eastern part of the country, but the summer humidity destroys me. As to family time growing more precious each year, I’m right there with you! I feel blessed to have kids who want to spend time with me in their adult lives.

    Sent from my iPad


    Comment by Carol — August 18, 2014 @ 9:58 am | Reply

    • You would have been okay here this summer Carol. The humidity was nearly non-existent this year. I’ve run my AC far less this year than any summer in recent memory.
      I hope my girls will want to come have adventures with me after they have gone on to start their adult lives!

      Comment by Karma — August 18, 2014 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  2. Sorry the weather wasn’t more perfect..but you are right. Family time doing whatever is still good. Where in Maine were you?

    Comment by dawnkinster — August 18, 2014 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

    • The family time makes it all worthwhile. We were in Biddeford – about a half hour south of Portland.

      Comment by Karma — August 18, 2014 @ 7:57 pm | Reply

  3. The day after that big storm was perfect for flying a kite and we took full advantage. We were told that the high tide made it all the way up onto Commercial St. in Portland. I’m sure you treasured the time with your girls.

    Comment by Becky Sue — August 19, 2014 @ 10:33 am | Reply

    • I can believe that tide reaching Commercial St! I wish I could take that time with the girls and keep it in a box I could pull out whenever I’m feeling blue.

      Comment by Karma — August 19, 2014 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  4. Weather or not, it looks like a fabulous time with family. Chocolate moose… lol!!

    Comment by Robin — August 19, 2014 @ 11:12 am | Reply

    • So happy to have them near when I can – I feel most complete at those times.
      All of the moose imagery in Maine gave my girls plenty of excuses to repeat their favorite lines from this comedy sketch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRXHgzXQQjs , a favorite of theirs. Around the 2:30 mark you’ll see what I mean if you choose to watch; I still giggle every time I see it.

      Comment by Karma — August 19, 2014 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

      • A flock of moosen! LOL!! Thank you. That was a great way to start my day (with a big laugh!). šŸ˜€

        Comment by Robin — August 20, 2014 @ 7:14 am

      • Glad you liked it!

        Comment by Karma — August 20, 2014 @ 7:53 am

  5. Were those extra high tide waves thanks to Cristobal ? We got some pretty good surf here …

    Comment by sybil — September 1, 2014 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

    • No this storm happened back on August 13. It was just a record-breaking rainstorm. It was huge! Dropped 6 inches of rain in one day.

      Comment by Karma — September 2, 2014 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

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