It gets to the end of the week, and like clockwork, many of us have friends who ask “any fun plans for the weekend?” I always answer with “same old thing.” I don’t like to get into small talk about what I’m doing, I just like to do what I do and go home and relax after. Last week the suggestion came through some of the hiking crew to head up to Harpswell, Maine and Bailey Island. A location I have never heard of before. We packed up two cars with our hiking gear, and photography equipment and headed up north. The trip was long and filled with conversation and laughs, even a freestyle rap, talk about politics, foods we’ve tried, and rankings of Boston coffee shops.
We arrived at the cottage of a friend, unpacked, pulled the kayak off the truck and got ready to go after a small lunch. We headed to a location called “The Giant Stairs”. The area was so scenic and something I’ve grown to love. The views of the ocean were simply majestic. We took a long stroll through the Cliff Trail, views from the cliff overlook, and Henry Creek. The leaves are starting to come back on the trees, we made the vow that we would come back in the fall to catch the bright colors.
The folks out on the trail we’re simply the sweetest, helping us with trail information, spots to eat, places to potentially set up camp (we did not set up camp) and the best spots for great views.
The terrain isn’t too difficult, but you’ll need the boots, make sure you got the waterproof gaiters on especially now, since its been a rainy spring. Also make sure to carry the extra layers and Woolrich blankets, at night its chilly cold that simply looks to take your soul.
The cottage had a beautiful deck overlooking the water, with enough space for us to spread out, some on beds, most on the floor. We fired up a bonfire in the backyard and I got to cooking steaks and wings with Honey BBQ sauce.
The first weekend of June the area has a hiking challenge that many figured we might have to come back and try our hand at. Is it worth the trip? I say a hundred times yes. With views of the Casco, lighthouse and Cribstone Bridge, in better weather, it is definitely a destination that should be on your list this summer. It was entirely too cold to put the kayak in the water but that was okay, cause we’ll be back.
The tattoo got a little love since I last posted an update, just another peonies added with some blossoms added. A bit more detail on the portrait based on a selfie taken in a hardware store over the winter. Oddly I was in the back eating popcorn. I was really nervous at first with the whole process, but the feedback has actually been really good. I wished that I had done a few things differently, maybe rearranged the tree to make it just a whole bouquet with the portrait. When it started, I saw the stencils thinking it was going to stay that way, wasn’t until my second visit when Roz my tattoo artist started to add the details and shading that I really started to enjoy it. Since it’s new and I don’t often wear t-shirts I’ve been getting asked who the portrait is of, which is always an interesting conversation.
The red portions are from the bruising, that goes does down after a week, so it’s not so weird looking eventually.
My apologies for the lack of content lately, been really busy, getting ready for May Day!! Aka May 31st and all that entails. Its been simply flying by, soon enough.