March 26, 2012 § 1 Comment
Last week was absolutely spectacular here. Daytime high temperatures were hovering around 70 degrees; the sun was shining; birds were chirping; and seeds were sprouting. This week it’s back to typical March weather. Although the sun is still shining, the wind has whipped up, and the temps have dropped. It’s pretty bitter cold out there today. So let’s think spring.
On Thursday, Boogie and I took a short drive over to Reid State Park for our first visit of the year. We weren’t the only ones. The Mile Beach parking lot was almost full, and there was a crowd on the beach. And, of course, several hardy souls were actually jumping around in the surf. We walked the entire length of both Mile Beach and Half Mile Beach, then rounded Todd’s Point, and walked across the marshes to get back to the car.
I just have to say I love Reid State Park. I think it should be a contender for Most Beautiful State Park in America. The combination of two long sandy beaches with the rocks and pine trees is beautiful. There are wetlands and dunes and lots of shore birds. But to top it all off, there is a great snack bar that’s open in the summer and actually sells tasty hot food, ice cream, sodas, and all the typical stuff you’d want to eat at the beach. There are tons of picnic areas tucked in among the trees and clean bath houses. Away from the beach, there are lovely hiking trails through the woods. This place is perfection.
Anyway, I took my new camera along for a test run. It’s a tiny little Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS.
And, speaking of the new camera. Earlier in the week, we had a lovely walk along the Ledgemere Road, and I took a few pictures.
Unfortunately, we didn’t make it out to any Sugar Shacks for Maine Maple Sunday. This has been a bad year for maple syrup because of the early spring. Maple trees like cold nights and warm days in order to start making sap, and we’ve had warm days and nights too early. On top of that, the weather on Sunday was dreadful, and we had a project to finish. So we jettisoned the plan to drive through the Maine countryside sampling syrup. Maybe next year.