I have really enjoyed my time off from work this week. I love Maine. I joined the other tourists, artists and fishermen at the Cape Neddick Lighthouse pictured in the top picture. It is a charming lighthouse on an island just off the coast of southern Maine. It is also known as the Nubble Lighthouse. Many people photograph, paint, draw or sculpt the image of the lighthouse every year. As I stood on the rocks on the mainland and looked across to the lighthouse I could not imagine the hardships the families had living in the house and tending the light. The only way over besides by boat was by a seat on a pulley system and you went across over the rocks and waves. I wonder if I would have been brave enough to live the life of a lighthouse family. I have always had a healthy respect for the ocean at times bordering on a bit of fear. I love to sit on land and watch the waves and water but I am not real keen about getting in a boat and feeling the waves and rhythms of the oceans beneath me.
I sat on the Marginal Way walking path along the ocean and just watched the waves, birds, people and occasional boat go by. The bottom two pictures I took while sitting on a bench on the Marginal Way. I was fascinated by the men surfing in the cold waters of Maine wearing wet suits. Brrr. Families, couples, children and large groups came by walking behind me as I sat. Everyone wanted their picture taken as where I sat there are two rocky outcroppings into the ocean and a rocky beach in between. I was mesmerized too, by the incoming airline flights from overseas flying far overhead. I always wonder where they are coming from though I imagine most are from Europe. I did not see any heading overseas just those coming to America.
After about twenty years or so I was finally in New England during peak foliage time. I usually miss it by a week or two. Where I live in Maryland most trees just turn yellow or brown and then the leaves fall off. A few trees turn red and orange but not many. And for the first time since staying in Maine I saw some seals. They were pretty neat to see. Most people would fine my vacation horribly boring but I love being able to stop, sit and rest. Now that I am home I am loving hanging out on my landlord’s screened porch while caring for their dogs. The geese have finally arrived!!
Enjoy your weekend. I hope you have moments to stop, rest and reflect. Isn’t October wonderful?