Posted by: Sally Ingraham | December 31, 2011

Morning Walks in Late December

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. 🙂


  1. Beautiful shots! I was in Maine back in May (for the first time) and I loved the scenery! 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m a fan of your area of the country too, although I need to do more exploring there. I was in WV this past spring, and I was blown away by the scenery. I’ll be driving through a corner of Virginia, and through North and South Caroline this coming Feb, so I’m psyched to get more of that exploring in!

  2. Such lovely pictures! I particularly like the two in the ‘middle’ which seem to be black and white: the tree and then the rocks. They give me a very peaceful feeling.

    I hear walking’s good for you… 😉

    • Haha, right? I am constantly shocked at how easily I fall out of the habit as my “busy life” overwhelms, even though I know that there is almost always time for a walk and it is nothing but beneficial – even necessary. Days without those peaceful moments are lacking something essential. But I forget that all too easily. Goal for 2012: don’t forget!

  3. Wonderful pictures, it seesm really worth to get up early in your part of the world.
    It’s a great goal you have.
    I wish you a great 2012.

    • Thanks Caroline! If I don’t get up early, the sun is gone by the time I get off work. That’s probably true for your part of the world too though – in fact, do you have even less light during the winter?

  4. You live in such a beautiful place.I love the photographs. Happy new year!

    • Thanks Anthony!

  5. Oh man, absolutely beautiful pictures, Sarah. I have the same urge to sleep in this time of the year (well, okay, most times of the year) and find it important to try to kick myself out of the bed and engage in productive activity. It’s particularly important in the winter, it seems, when there’s so little daylight.

    I have this plan to meditate (outside) semi-regularly this year. That’s going to require less sleeping in, I think, and more walks. This would be a good thing.

    • A very good thing! I’ve always wanted to have regular access to a meditation maze – I can never focus my mind while sitting still…

      And if I needed any more proof that getting up early is a good thing, today I slept in and so didn’t get outside on what turns out to be the last warm and sunny day of the week. Single digit temps tomorrow. I guess it serves me right for flaking out on my resolve so soon…! *sigh*

      Thanks for your kind words about my snapshots. 🙂

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