Kirsten and I enjoyed each other and the gorgeousness of Maine on Tuesday. I received a tweet last week about Mackworth Island and planned to take Kirsten after her class. Kirsten wanted to go to the beach. So we did both.
The temperature reached an unseasonably warm 96.5 °F, which is a bit warmer than my preference.
The hike around Mackworth Island was very nice. The tourists aren’t here yet so there were only a few people and plenty of available parking. Neither of us had ever hiked the 1.25 mile perimeter trail around the island. The vistas are beautiful, of course. The center of the island is the Baxter School for the Deaf, so Kirsten said we could make as much noise as we wanted. On the east side there is a fairy village in the woods. The girls will LOVE that when we go back. Kirsten and I held hands as we walked and spent a long time relaxing on a swinging bench on the south side overlooking Portland.
After we had completed the hike we went home long enough for Kirsten to pack a lunch into the cooler and gather the beach stuff. The hot temperatures and sunny skies attracted the locals to our beach (Bay View). It’s been a long cold winter and we have been eager to get some sand between our toes. Because the tourists haven’t arrived there was still parking available. We read and talked and people-watched while we ate our sandwiches and consumed delicious fruity alcoholic beverages. After the wind blew over our umbrella for the second time I retreated to the shade of the car and waited for Kirsten to finish baking.
It was a wonderful date! Kirsten is so much fun to be around. And Maine is the best place to enjoy the outdoors with a friend.