It’s hard to believe summer has ended, but September here in Maine has still been warm and even humid on some days so far. Hubby Dave and I didn’t get a chance to do as much as we wanted during the actual summer months between June to August, due to delays in my paychecks, but we’re making up for it now in our “stay-cation” day trips over the past two weekends.
Me standing by a lighthouse replica in the Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, Maine.
These trips have further convinced me that if I could have a vacation home anywhere, I actually wouldn’t have to go too far. I’m already living in Maine with my darling husband and our “fur babies” – but we would both love to have a vacation home closer to the coast, with an ocean view.
Ironically enough, I grew up in New Hampshire, but my family and I traveled to Maine every summer to go camping at various locations along the coast.
So began my love for the ocean and its characteristics that delight all the senses:
*its rocky shoreline and white, sandy beaches…
*the pungent, distinctive smell and the salty spray from the bone-chilling cold ocean water…
*the excitement of discovering living creatures in tide pools and picking up beautiful shells and elusive sand dollars along the beach…
*and the thunderous, pounding waves, along with the retreat and advance of the tides.
I love the sight of Maine’s lighthouses, those guardians of the coastline, and the vastness of the horizon. Dave and I had the opportunity to visit the Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, Maine, and a couple of lighthouses, yesterday (9/10) on a free lighthouse visiting day. It was my first time to actually go inside a lighthouse, so it was really an amazing experience!
I think the most impressive thing about living near the ocean would be the daily reminder of the awesome power and creativity of God.
Another reason I would love to have a vacation home near the ocean would be the pleasant memories of time spent camping with my parents, who are both now deceased, and my siblings and friends during my childhood years.
Even though I don’t live by the ocean now, and no longer have my parents around, I have several paintings adorning the walls of our home that my Dad created of ocean vista and lighthouses. Those, my memories, and trips to the ocean with my husband will have to suffice…for now.
So what do YOU think?
Do you love the ocean? You may enjoy my slideshow of ocean photos HERE.
I also created a WebQuest about lighthouses in Maine HERE.
Have you ever visited the ocean, or do you live near/have a vacation home on the coast?