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Hidden Maine

This is 34 seconds of a rising tide on the Spurwink River at Higgins Beach. It’s a happy place on a summer day. Yes, July will be here before you know it. Higgins Beach is in Scarborough, 25 minutes south of our store.

 

Hidden Maine

Explore Portland, Maine

If you live outside of Maine and you love the Maine coast, I have a strong recommendation for you. There is a rich world on our Portland waterfront. We have more than a dozen piers that jut out into the harbor. It’s a Hollywood-like setting of a real Maine working waterfront with lobster boats, tuna boats, trawlers, shrimpers, and scallopers. There are day sailors, motorboats, and ferries. This may sound crazy, but you could come to Maine, stay in one of our fine Portland hotels, explore the piers for a week, have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Old Port, and never begin to see it all. People come from all over just to see our jewel by the sea. And yes, you can fish off our piers. The possibilities are endless.

 

Hidden Maine

It snowed overnight. Everything was white. As I prepared to leave, I decided to film the snow, the sea, and the sky. I caught this person with a black and white dog down on the roadway. This photograph and video were taken a thousand feet south of Portland Head Light.

 

Hidden Maine

In my neighborhood, it’s mostly guys who venture out on great storm days to approach the edge and watch the waves. I will admit, I’m old enough to take the truck. It protects from the wind and the rain. I could claim otherwise; the windshield wipers, though, would give me away.

 

Hidden Maine

On Saturday, January 10, we had 10, 15, 20-foot waves along our shore. The frothy water in the front is dry on a normal tide. Today, the waves broke upon the lawn and swept Adirondack chairs across the road into the freshwater marsh. Window up, window down, the wind and salt spray were so fierce it coated the inside of the windshield with a layer of salt.

We lost a section of a cliff in this storm. You can see an open spot along the cliff line where a 2-ton block of rock was pushed out. This location is a quarter mile south of Portland Head Light.

 

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Wild Maine Coast Surf

Tuesday into Wednesday, we had a wild night of wind and rain. Although we closed the store on Wednesday, I went in at 6 AM. The wind was still blowing, and the rain was coming down hard. Another member of my staff came in, and we took care of several storm issues. I left the store around 11:30 and headed for the coast.

As I approached Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, they had the road blocked off. I could see front-end loaders, big trucks, and what they used to call a steam shovel working on repairs to the road. The 59-second video was near high tide and showed the waves coming into Seal Cove, Crescent Beach, and Richmond Island.

 

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An August Sea Breeze

Ours is a blue planet 2/3 covered by water. The sea is everywhere. This spot is the Spurwink River on an outgoing tide. It’s an afternoon in August with a sea breeze and one-foot waves. On the right-hand side of the video is Higgins, a white sand beach. On the left-hand side of the video is the Cape Elizabeth shore. And obviously, in the middle is a red, white, and blue dory riding the outgoing tide.

Yes, August is only seven months away.

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