When you're a 40 something single mother of a teen with lots of ambition, you find yourself in all kinds of interesting adventures and situations. Come back to laugh at us any time you feel the need, heaven knows where we'll be doing what next. Here you can expect a few words, a lot of images and hopefully ideas on what you can do for your next adventure.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Common Merganser with a tasty snack - Windham, Maine

I was watching this handsome Common Merganser diving in the Presumpscot River by the Covered Bridge, snapping pictures when he wasn't hiding behind the trees. When he popped up this one time, I was pleasantly surprised to see him with a whole mouthful of what looked like a sunfish, alot more than I thought he could get down. He proved me wrong :)










Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ice formations

During a recent walk on the Saco Heath, I was floored and fascinated by the way the ice formed on the standing water along the boardwalk. I could have taken pictures of this all day long...



 


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saco Heath - Saco Maine

I can now say that I've been to the Heath in three different seasons, I'm just missing spring. And well, I cheated with the winter trip - there was no snow on the ground.

It's just not the same without all the beautiful colors, but it was really neat nonetheless. The blueberry and cranberry bushes were all a muted brown, but the pitch pines were still their brilliant green. I was serendaded by chickadees and saw a few robins, but that was all that stuck around after the frozen boardwalk creaked and groaned under my weight.

I think I'll still try to snowshoe the path after we get some snow.




 













Saturday, January 24, 2015

East Point Sanctuary - Biddeford Pool, Maine

Can you believe I've driven past this beautiful gem so many times and never stopped to check it out? Oooh, that's not happening anymore, what a gorgeous place to take a walk along the rugged Maine shoreline.

Parking is limited and in the winter you can park across the street along L.B. Orcutt Blvd, however in the summer you must park out front of the fence. I found that out from a friendly police officer making the rounds watching for illegally parked Snowy Owl hunters :)

From the fenceline follow the trail up between the houses and to the right once you hit the golf course (a subliminal sign shows you the way if you have quick eyes). Listen carefully as the house to the left has feeders and I was serenaded by chickadees, finches and a downy woodpecker along my way and almost taken out by a grey squirrel that I jumped.

Entering a narrow woodsy area, you can see where the woodpeckers have worked their way around the trees drilling holes in a circular pattern.

When the path opens up, it turns into small pebbles and is edged with bittersweet, winterberry and wild roses and to your right the open ocean can be seen. From here you can choose to take a path down to the rocky shoreline or continue along to the other side. I chose to continue to see what lie ahead of me.

I was so pleasantly surprised to find Wood Island with it's beautiful little lighthouse, the monument on Stage Island, sweeping views of Camp Ellis and Old Orchard Beach and even a glimpse of Mount Washington, standing tall but hiding in the high contrast of the morning sun.

This walk comes highly recommended by this girl.




























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