Traveled up to Kennebunk area today. Saturday, June, nice weather. Tourists. This is what it's like everyday soon. Much more so even. Route 1 traffic continuous. There is no way I would have scheduled this journey in July or August. I know better, from having lived on Mount Desert Island off and on over the years, through four different summers and seven winters. July and August are mostly put up with in terms of the crowdedness. A part of life on the coast.
Kennebunk was actually rather quiet. I pulled in just after noon and the first place I stopped was the Farmer's Market, signs of which were posted on Main St., Route 1. I didn't expect to find any fresh grown food, too early in the season yet, and I was right. A number of folks had plants for sale. I had a nice chat with Tracy, who was selling herb and flower plants. She has a greenhouse and her husband harvests lobsters and scallops. They also produce maple syrup for sale. The weekly market gives her a chance to get out and meet other people. Besides all the work they do she has two girls, 4 and 2. A pleasant person trying to make it living a simple, earth-based life at Maple Ridge Farm.
I did purchase a litlle ball of Herbed Goat Cheese from another vendor. Tomorrow's lunch, with crackers.
Another Church Sign I liked
The Schooner Eleanor. Built by Captain Richard Woodman, Kennebunkport. He's the fourth generation of boat builders in the family, but he didn't move in that direction till after Engineering College. Below is a brief chronology of the shipyard of his forebearers. I loved some of the descriptions, especially the 311 year reference.
The village was very busy, full of tourists. I enjoyed my talk with Captain Richard and then with an emplyee who works for him. She's a pre-K teacher and loves to share poetry with her students. Other than those two exchanges, I didn't get much out of my short visit - too much tourism.
After leaving the village I went for a hike at Eastern Point, an Audubon Preserve. Much nicer than Kennebunkport. A good hike out to the shore and a nice sit on the rocks as waves lapped below my feet.
Rosa Rugosa with Wood Island Light in background.
Wood Island Light with a flock of Cormorants flying by.
From the path at Eastern point.
The Maine Adventurer with the glare in his eyes!