Memorial Day weekend in Maine


The above photo was taken on Orrs Island.

We have just returned from another short but sweet couple of days in Maine. The coast is so different from ours here in RI. We don’t have that ruggedness – or the tidal range.

Speaking of tidal range, we walked our dog down to the shore at low tide, and she sank up to her elbows in stinky muck, which stayed on her paws when she got back in the car. Here she is, heading for the mud. Such are the joys of traveling with dogs.



We stopped for lunch near Bath, home of the Bath Iron Works shipyard. This is where the famous – or infamous – Zumwalt class destroyers are being built. We caught a glimpse of the first one, the USS Zumwalt. Two more are planned.

It is a strange-looking ship, narrow at the top and wide below, designed for maximum stealth, with a very low radar profile. However, there are also concerns about its vulnerability to capsizing in certain conditions. That’s it, at the end of the pier.


On the way home, we stopped at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth. It was relatively uncrowded for a holiday weekend. This is a lovely, relaxing place to sit and watch the ocean. You can hang out on the grass, or go down to the beach. Either way it’s a mellow spot.




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4 Responses to Memorial Day weekend in Maine

  1. Such lovely photos. It looks like you had a beautiful weekend. I’ve been to Maine, and really liked it. The water was too cold to swim in (for me), but being near the ocean is always the best place for me, so it was very enjoyable.


    • dirtynailz says:

      The water gets up to 80F by August here in RI. It’s all about how close your coastline is to the Gulf Stream. I used to swim in the cold Maine water, but I’m not sure I’d do it now.


  2. GardenPest says:

    I’m homesick now, thanks to the photos. Kettle Cove, a sweet place in an area of many beaches. I love the farms there, especially the one that has a fish market.

    For years I have shunned swimming in ME’s chilly coastal water but in the past 3 yrs, I’ve been working on “tolerance” of it and voila, last summer I enjoyed several days of swimming in MidCoast water (2 hrs N of Portland). I feel like a kid again – I did it but it took guts and initially being chilled to the bone. Oh yes, and a large beach towel immediately available for my re-entry to land. The only downside is that the MidCoast water in that spot contains high amount of Iron and, yes, my hair turned orange, no joke, but I consider that my badge of honor.

    Did you visit Higgins? Easy to miss b/c the residents pride themselves on not having a sign to alert visitors – highly protective of their privacy and wanting exclusitivity (please, so silly).


    • dirtynailz says:

      We did drive by Higgins, but didn’t stay. We spent a couple of hours at Kettle Cove, just soaking up the vibe.
      I used to have so much fun swimming in those waves. My hair never turned orange, though.


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