Even though my natural instinct at this time of year is to sleep in as late as possible, my need to get outside in the sunlight proved stronger this week. Although I went for a walk at a perfectly respectable time of the day on the 26th, when I was visiting my folks for Christmas, on two other occasions this week I actually got up hours early and went for walks before I had to go to work at 9:30 a.m.
The early morning walk on the 27th was in the sunshine and warmth (temps in the 40s), and it was the most natural thing in the world to take a nap on a rock along the shore, in a pool of sunshine, with the sound of the ocean surf lulling me into a state of blissful peace. Delicious.
My walk on the 29th was a different matter entirely. I still had the sunshine, but there was a ferocious wind and single digit temps and the combination nearly froze even my hardy arse. I had to relocate my walk from my original chosen path along Little Long Pond, in favor of the far more protected trail down through the forest to Hunters Beach. There I was rewarded with pounding surf (less lulling, but more exciting!) and although a nap was the last thing on my mind, I did find another puddle of sunshine that warmed me in spite of the minus 1 wind chill factor!
Good times. Documented here:
Laudholm Farm, Wells, ME – December 26th:
Ocean Path, Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park, ME – December 27th:
Brassy Cove, Seal Harbor, ME – December 29th:
Little Long Pond, Seal Harbor, ME – December 29th:
Hunters Beach, Seal Harbor, ME – December 29th:
On this last day of December, looking back over another year of outdoor adventures and lots of pictures, I can’t help tipping my hat to the Sarah of 2011 who played well and hard, who went for walks sometimes when the weather was less than great but had a good time anyway. I hope that Sarah will continue tagging along with the rest of my Sarahs for another year, and this time round we’ll sleep in less, go for MORE walks, and take even more pictures.
Happy New Year all! I can’t wait to see what mischief we all get up to in 2012. 🙂