So, I'm back on Wheeler Hill and the coast of Maine is far behind. After my reading in Calais I drove out of town about 9:15 PM, took Route 9, - The Airline - and kept driving till I got tired. That happened in southern Maine, along the Maine Turnpike. I slept in the car for four hours then continued on in daylight, with a few brief stops, to arrive home late afternoon.
Today, my first full day home, I'm just settling back in. Tomorrow I get back into the work routine. Today, just being here, getting unpacked, finishing up this website, checking on the wild flowers, swimming in the pond, spending time with family. The salt air is still in my nostrils, sound of the waves still in my ears, sight of rocks, trees, ocean still in my eyes.
It is amazing how fast a planned journey becomes a thing of the past. Months of planning (not too much though - I left a lot of room for spontaneity - how else to have a true adventure?) leading to three quick weeks of experience and then memories for the rest of life. In my case, poems and photos too. And a program to present - more on that below.
But it is over and I have a whole lot of people and places to thank for helping to make this a wonderful adventure. At the bottom of this page
is a list of people, places, organizations that helped along the way. Some links are provided and I encourage you to check them out. And if you find yourself traveling the coast of Maine (I truly believe everyone wants to either go to the coast of Maine or return to the coast of Maine!) please consider patronizing any of the businesses I acknowledge and let them know you are there because of this journey I shared with you.
As far as the program I mentioned above, over the next two months I'll be working on putting together a presentation of this three week journey. It will consist of projected photos, haiku and stories of the experience. I already have four programs booked and want to start working on more for this fall and beyond. The program will be suitable for various venues - libraries, organizations, clubs, schools and even living rooms! If you know of a group or organization that would be possibly interested in booking a program, drop me an email
and I'll follow up on the possibility. Or maybe you might want to host a program at your house. I'm open to considering any and all possibilities.
So, I hope you enjoyed the journey, whether you followed along while it was in progress or have come to this site after the fact. In any event, feel free to drop me a comment, suggestion, question or whatever kind of response you may be moved to share. I always enjoy the feedback.
York Public Library
Old York Historical Society
Ocean View Campground
Moodys Gift Shop
S. Fernald's/Waldoboro 5 & 10
The Seagull Shop
Pemaquid Point Campground
Farnsworth Art Museum
Southwest Harbor Public Library
Art and Old Things, Sullivan, Maine
Bartlett Maine Estate Winery
Sunset Point Campground
Wild Blueberry Land, Columbia Falls
Calais Free Library
Indivuduals who helped along the way and added to the journey in innumerable ways:
Diana Roper McDowell
Deb from Dallas
Shelly, Peter, Sandy and Latricia
Mary and Jasmine
Crystal, Charity, Chris and Bo
And especially, my family.