Maine Arrival

July 19, 2010   Arrived in Ogunquit, ME,  one week ago to weather in the low 70's with overcast skies and a misty rain, such a delightful transition from the scorching temperatures along most of the drive.  We were shocked by the realization that this is a much different state when visited during high season.  Traffic and people everywhere, but not so much on the Marginal Walk, a three mile path overlooking Preston Cove, as we walked in the rain.  Also overlooking the cove,  the Ogunquit Museum,  housing a collection of Maine artist,  including one of Alan's professors at Penn.  Our first meal, of course, was lobster rolls, followed in short order by fried and steamed clams, for a snack and steamed lobster for dinner.  Ogunquit Beach is reputed to be one of the prettiest beaches in the state, unfortunately on our visit, the fog was reducing visibility to around 100 feet and high tide had hundreds of people squeezed into 30 feet of beach.

Moved the following day to Wells, ME, leaving some of the crowd behind.  We were able to do some biking and located some scallops for the evening's dinner, which topped the Alaskan scallops we feasted on last summer.  Next day, we explored the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, a network of trails that covers grasslands, forest, wetlands, salt marshes and beaches.  Took a 4 mile hike, unfortunately we forgot the mosquito repellent which increased the pace of our walk accordingly.
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

Old Orchard Beach is the number one beach in Maine, as per the local paper.  Planning a walk before 8 A.M., we thought we would beat the crowds.  WRONG.  But we still we completed a five mile walk down the beach.  With a light breeze blowing and temps in the mid-70's, it was delightful.  Decided to visit the Portland Museum of Art, where a special exhibit of Winslow Homer was being presented.  The exhibition was commemorating the centennial of Homer's death and displayed many major pieces of his works.  We both enjoyed the exhibit; Homer has always been Alan's favorite watercolor painter.

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