It wasn’t quite 7.00am yet but first daylight filtered through the curtains. It made me aware of that we probably would have a sunny day, as otherwise it would be much darker with an overcast sky. Now, nothing gets me out of bed like a clear sunny day. Under circumstances like that, I just can’t find any peace under the covers anymore.
With my early-morning-coffee by my side I did some computing and checking of emails.
At 10.00am I decided to make use of all this sunshine, grabbed the NIKON and Molly and took the van out to the park. No tourist had called - so I knew I had the day off. We went into the park’s natural area and parked at a place called FOX FARM. It is an open grassy area where there once was a fox farm. First I followed the main road towards Cranberry Point, but then I took the small hiking trail which goes parallel with the beach. I had a great view of Lubec with the International Bridge spanning across the Narrows.
There were wet spots and small bridges over narrow creeks, lots of leaves on the ground and old withering mushrooms standing out of green mossy forest soil.
After being on the trail for about 1km I found a wooden bench where I sat down enjoying one of the most beautiful sceneries one can find around these parts. What a natural treasure we have here!
But I had to move on and then the trail came out to the road again, following it for a while, then led straight back into the woods again. A sign said 1.3km to Fox Farm. So I trudged on between tall spruce and beech trees. Underway I caught glimpses of “Upper Duck Pond” which is really too shallow to stay flooded under low tide. It turns into a huge mud flat and the upper end is a salt marsh, a paradise for birds in the summer as many predators can’t get out there.
Lubec and Campobello with connecting International bridge
The Lubec Light – commonly called “SPARKPLUG”
Needless to say I could really feel my legs and it was just great to be able to sit down behind the wheel again. The total length of the hike was approx 3.5km, not too much, but due to the varied terrain an almost 2 hour Sunday morning adventure.
Upper Duck Pond
So I unrolled the garden hose, mounted the wash brush and had myself on top of the roof. There was really a lot of dust which needed to be washed off.
After I had cleared most of the roof with the brush, I got a pail of soapy water and started up front again to get the nasty lichen spots off. It is a result of our high humidity coastal climate that lichens will start grow on the roof.
Looking back after end work I was pretty satisfied with the result. The roof is now shining white like it was new.
View from Cranberry Point to the Gulf of Maine with Grand Manan in the background
But all this was now getting to be enough for me for one Sunday and I spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying coffee and Bea’s tasty fruit muffins. But the day was still holding a surprise for me. You know we have this enormous flood of tomatoes coming of 4 tomato plants.
They are all harvested by now and the green ones are ripening inside, but many are ready for eating and after Bea had already made a delicious tomato soup the other day she had now something in the oven which raised my food expectations sky-high. But I will not tell you what it was, just that it was super-duper delicious. You go to her blog you might find the details there.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
A Hike through the Park, a Grand Wash and some Great Food
Compiled by: Peter at 9:39 PM