Nubble Lighthouse and The Marginal Way

6/14/14 Saturday in Moody, ME (Moody Beach-TT/OW)

After our normal morning routine we spent the rest helping Susan/Bill move from their second (very unlevel) spot to another with a nice concrete patio, some chance for satellite (never got it) and it was much more level.

After we ate lunch we came back to their site to discover that they were going out to eat, then grocery shopping and exploring. Okay, that’s pretty much what we did when we arrived.

So John and I figured we’d look for a couple places we were interested in.

Nubble Lighthouse: It’s on an island and one of the most picturesque I’ve seen. The quintessential Maine lighthouse. Of course before we saw the lighthouse we noticed a lobster-man with his catch and the attending seagulls. Lo and behold there was a wedding going on as well! Do you see the fisherman on the rocks getting blasted by water? Then there’s the little girl vs ocean. Busy place. We were lucky to snatch a parking (free) spot. Going South from Wells,ME on US 1, past the York Wild Animal Park to the 1st stop light where you take a left onto Nubble Rd off US 1, you follow the signs to Nubble Lighthouse until you get to Sohio Park. The free parking is at the end of the road there.

Nubble 1 Nubble 2 Nubble 3 Nubble 3a Nubble 4 Nubble 5 Nubble 6 Nubble 7 Nubble 8 Nubble 9 Nubble 10 Nubble 11

Great find!! Now to see if we could find “The Marginal Way” that everyone was talking about. We went down Shore Rd (off US 1) to Perkin’s Cove. Free parking exists after 9 am at the farthest point of asphalt by the water (marked for lobstermen until then), plus next to that parking after noon for compact cars (we count).

Parking 1 ParkingI couldn’t resist sharing their bathroom sign.

Warning, the “Way” is NOT across the bridge/bay where private homes are, it’s on the side where the crowds/shops are. It DOES start/end between these 2 restaurants (Oarweed and Jackie’s Too), next to the ocean of course because it’s a walk along the ocean’s edge. The other end is at Ogunquit Beach (hefty parking charge $20-$30). We walked a good ways along it, then returned. We didn’t get all the way to the other end – about 1-1.5 miles.

Marginal 1 Marginal 2 Marginal 3 Marginal 4 Marginal 5 Marginal 6 Marginal 7 Marginal 8 Marginal 9 Marginal 10 Marginal 11 Marginal 12Great views along the way and lovely landscaping as well.  Lots of rose bushes even.

Upon our return we enjoyed the rest of our evening with Susan/Bill. They even invited us to grill supper with them so we brought chicken for John, fish for myself and veggies to roast. Susan’s grits were SO good, I must get my own. Happy visiting until the mosquitoes drove us inside their rig, then about 9:30 pm we parted for the night. Wonderful day with beauty and friends.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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