An hour and a half north of Portland by coastal route, and an hour and half east by ferry is North Haven. Got to spend some time out there earlier this summer with friends. Beautiful sunsets, fires, and lighthouses: pretty typical Maine!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of staying at Nurture Through Nature, a sort of compound in western Maine. It features a few cabins, two powerless, waterless yurts, and all the nature you could hope for.
The first morning, we fought the bugs to climb Pleasant Mountain. Here are a few of the shots.
Dr. Rod Nadeau is an adventure-based counselor. He takes extremely at-risk youth from around southern Maine on outdoor excursions (mountain biking, white water rafting, mountain climbing, etc.) to broaden horizons, knock down cognitive barriers, and to educate students about the difference between unhealthy risks (drugs, violence, crime) and healthy risks.
During the bitter Maine winters, he takes students out to a secret climbing spot and teaches them the basics of what many consider a dangerous, intimidating sport.
Higgins Beach in Scarborough is a winter-time surf Mecca for those seeking out half-decent swells. Pulling boards off of frozen roof-racks, intrepid wet-suited thrill-seekers scramble across snow banks to the beach, across frozen sand, to frothing crashes and nearly-freezing water.
During summer, Higgins is a writhing mass of tourists and beach enthusiasts, but in the cold, only the most intrepid dog walkers and surfers can be found. The undisturbed sand, lacking the footprints and chaos of summer traffic, reflects like a looking glass.
It will not be long until the seasons steal the stinging, cold winds and return the warm glow of summer, but whether that is entirely for the better is a matter of opinion, at least for those who were there the day I took these photos.
Hidden away in Phippsburg, Maine, is Morse Mountain. Protected and studied by Bates College, Morse Mountain and its trail down to Seawall Beach provide a welcome escape from Maine’s crowded, fan-favorite beaches like Crescent, Old Orchard, and Popham (of which Seawall is a conservation-protected extension.)
Sadly, and thankfully, the two mile hike to the beach dissuades many from attending the beach, where balls, dogs, frisbees, and all that may endanger the flora and fauna are prohibited.
What that leaves is a glimpse into what Maine may have looked like before it became Vacationland, and an explanation of what made it a national tourist destination.