Posted by: Sally Ingraham | June 17, 2011

Travels in the Tardis, wait no, that is, er…A Visit to Roque Bluffs State Park

The last time this happened it was with The Lord of the Rings. I had elf locks. I created an alphabet and the beginnings of a language, channeling Tolkien. I wrote a fan fic. I bought (or was given) all the maps. Also a tiny but perfect scale model of Sting. I read and re-read the books, watched the movies as they were released on opening days, and nearly came unglued over every minuscule change to the story. It was SO MUCH FUN. I think of those times fondly, without embarrassment. Given the chance, I will hang one or two of those maps somewhere in my house. They’ll look particularly funny (awesome?) alongside my map of Acadia National Park.

I wasn’t expecting to surrender to another such passion, but I fear – or rather, I am delighted to admit – it has happened (and I promise that I will not write obsessively about it here – or at least I will not write about it much; too much more, that is). I finished watching the 4th series of New Who the other day and then swore off watching any more until July. I am curious to see how long I can actually hold out. In the meantime, I had been filling my days with other activities (aside from work obviously, hiking and reading dominate) and my nights with things that remind me of Doctor Who (Like The Catherine Tate Show and Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?).

The thing that made me go, “Ah yes. Here we go again!” was simply that today, as I was driving Downeast in pursuit of another state park for my Maine State Parks project, I caught myself daydreaming along these lines: “Here I am, in the Tardis, moving through time and space (suuuuper slllllowly), and when it stops and I get out I will be in a totally new world (a. k. a. somewhere I’ve never been before). I wonder what adventures will befall me and what wonders I will see when I get there?” Okay, so I am a grown woman now (well…that’s open to debate) and these times are different from the times when I held a pair of binoculars up to my face and called them my “elf eyes”, at least theoretically. It appears that the times are different, but me in the times hasn’t changed so very much at all. I’m still having SO MUCH FUN. (Number 10’s sonic screwdriver is on my Amazon wish list…hehe!) If keeping The Doctor in mind helps me to be a little more adventurous, a little more eager to do and see, to learn and experience, to imagine, that can’t be a bad thing at all.

I didn’t encounter an alien life form at Roque Bluffs State Park, but I did encounter a huge variety of life forms – birds and bees and flowers and trees, and a fairly unique sand and pebble beach (unusual for the cliffy, cobbled Downeast coast), as well as a glacial erratic (a really big, random boulder in the woods). I skipped the bracing saltwater swim advertised in the park guide, and the warmer fresh water soak as well, opting for a 2 mile walk in fields, woodlands, and along Englishman Bay and Pond Cove.


Look at that dancing water. No wonder The Doctor loves this planet. It’s freakin’ brilliant!

And now, back into the Tardis and off I go on my next adventure. 🙂


  1. Oh man…I have not watched any Dr. Who, ever, but I am starting to feel that every time I turn around all the best people are talking about it. Hmm. I’m sure my reluctance to buckle before another series boxed set will crumble eventually.

    And Roque Bluffs looks beautiful! Love that little pink lady’s slipper or whatever it is.

    • I’m fairly certain that the lady’s slipper is more than meets the eye – there is something distinctly odd about them, for all their prettiness! I totally feel your reluctance about getting into a new show. They can be so time consuming! But sometimes well worth it. I would definitely be curious to see what you think about the Doctor, someday. 🙂

  2. Ah but the Doctor liked to meet the people as much as see the sights, but very beautiful nonetheless.

    • Good point – that had crossed my mind. In fact you don’t catch him hiking just for the fun of it very often. The meet and greet and get into jams with aspect of the Doctor is something I’ll have to work a bit harder on emulating. 🙂

  3. I sart to feel the urge to watch Dr Who as well and envy your immersion… When has it last happened to me like this? It’s been a while. I did watch all of Six Feet Under but wasn’t really chasing corpses or depserately feeling the urge for counseling, ah but there is the youngest daughter and the photography bit, that was contagious…
    The addictive part is a bit scary.

    • Yup, the addictive part IS a bit scary. I absolutely failed in my effort to not watch any more until July, and started series 5 two nights ago. It was GREAT! 🙂 I love that I can share this particular obsession with my little sister – we’re going to get together this summer to do a Classic Who marathon. Fun!

      I’ll be delighted if I can spread the Who love a bit further – you and Emily are cracking! 🙂

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