Tuesday, July 3, 2012
2,643 miles - Next Stop, York Beach, Maine
Remember, this was shortly after 9/11 and we crossed into NYC the first day the bridges were open to traffic. The traffic was horrendous and my heart broke as I saw the smoke from the World Trade Center Towers still curling into the air. We had not known until a few days before if we would even be able to get to York Beach. The universe conspired to make it all happen. While everyone else had a glorious week, I was buried in sewing and then making all the fresh wedding flowers. I saw the basement of the beach house we were staying in and the ocean across the street and that was about it. But, the wedding was fabulous and everything was beautiful, including our daughter. Her wedding dress did not need one alteration which made my life easier, that is for sure! I knew one day I would return and get to really enjoy York Beach. This was my triumphant return. : )
We left New York City early on Thursday morning hoping to avoid morning rush traffic. All I can say is thank goodness we were leaving the city and not coming in. Holy guacamole, I have never seen traffic that went on for miles and miles, bumper to bumper all the way into Connecticut. Just know that there is no way on earth I could do that every day. Guess that's why I was a small town girl for so many years. Fortunately, as soon as we crossed the Triborough Bridge, we really didn't have many problems because we were leaving the city and not coming in. The sun was shining in a beautiful blue sky and away we went.
If you have never driven up the East coast, it is truly breathtakingly lovely. Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine are stunningly beautiful states with waterways and historical buildings. I am so attracted to the style of houses and buildings that I feel I may have lived in New England in a former life. Clapboard sided salt box houses make my heart skip a beat. The quaintness of the villages and towns warm my soul. I wouldn't care for the harsh winters, but the summers are stunning! Highway travel was slow going at times because of all the road construction, but that is typical for anywhere in the summer. Enjoying the beautiful scenery made it all worthwhile.
We arrived in York Beach about 3 in the afternoon. Talk about one gorgeous town! Wow!! I had Dan pull over as soon as we saw the ocean and I took the picture above. This is taken from Long Beach Avenue. Long Beach Avenue parallels the beach on one side and beautiful beach houses and restaurants on the other. We stayed with our daughter's in laws who live right across from the beach. Alma and Jack were such lovely hosts. It has taken us ten years to get there to visit, but we had an amazing time! We talked and talked, and laughed, and ate, and drank coffee and sat on the porch and watched the beautiful ocean morning, noon and night. We did do a little sight seeing, but just being near the ocean and listening to the waves made it all worth the long drive. Thank you Jack and Alma for your kindness!
We had fabulous food while we were there - clams, chowders, lobster, and fresh fish. It would be amazing to be able to enjoy such goodness all the time. There was also some ice cream involved from Bob's which was also pretty amazing. Dan is a big fan of ice cream. Dan was a happy man.
We did some sight seeing and traveled to Ogunquit and Kennebunport, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I will do a post on those side trips later. My favorite spot was the Nubble Lighthouse in York. It is reported to be the most photographed light house in our country. Everything is so beautiful, these pictures don't look real and I took them on my phone.