Pancake (and Pelican) Picnic

Note: We apologize about the recent string of picture posts (and post titles alliterating with the letter “p”— likely one-too-many times viewing Mr. Popper’s Penguins). Our internet connection has been tenuous at best these last few weeks, and we are trying to catch up on work. While this post may not be chock full of words, if you look at things from a different picture perfect perspective, it really has thousands.

Tide Pool Picture Party

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A hermit crab dragging a shell across a dry stretch of rock.

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A colony of snails just above the low tide mark.

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Five Ball and High Five “going fishing” with some long strands of seaweed.

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A green anemone

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An anemone out of the water and buried in shells and sand to keep it from drying out.

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Trying to get to the bottom of string of bubbles in a sandy tide pool.

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Watching large crabs poke their heads out of “Crab Cave.”

Canada Day in Pictures: St. Anthony and Goose Cove, Newfoundland

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The parade in St. Anthony begins, on its way to the Polar Center.

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The Fives decked out in maple leaves, with town hall and the library in the background.

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Five of Hearts and Five Ball enjoying a maple lollipop at the playground in Goose Cove.

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Climbing the rocks at Goose Cove.

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Getting a better view of an iceberg drifting by at Goose Cove.

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With temperatures in the 20s (Celsius), this large tide pool was very inviting.

Of Buoys and Baseball

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The weather has been climbing into the 60s here in Maine, and we have been trying to take full advantage. We recently ventured out to Vaughn Island in Kennebunk, separated from the mainland by a tidal stream that can be crossed at low tide.

The Crossing

Our Maine Gazetteer assured us that we could easily cross the tidal stream for three hours on either side of low tide, so we were feeling confident as we parked along the shore about an hour before the low water mark. Getting across was not quite the cut and dry trek we had expected. To be specific, the water came up to Five Spice and Five String’s knees, which, to say the least, feels refreshing at the end of October. We ferried the younger fives across to reach our destination, and they were more than eager to lose their wet footwear and go barefoot for the remainder of the day.
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Tidal Pools

The Vaughn Island shoreline offered countless tide pools for us to explore and rocks to climb. We found clusters of sea snails, a bed of oysters stranded by the tide, and even a type of bivalve we’ve never seen before. The variety of the beach itself was impressive as well. We found sand beaches, rocky out-cropings, and pebble shores all within a few steps of one another. In fact, the shore proved so interesting and varied that none of the younger fives were drawn to splashing in the water itself, which is a rare event indeed.
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Buoy Baseball

After lunch we needed a stretch of sorts, so we converted some stranded lobster buoys into a “bat” and “ball.” While the field was not exactly up to regulation, we had a blast sending the buoy flying and rounding the sandy bases. We also discovered that buoys can make fine hobby horses. Who knew there were so versatile?
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Pebble Sledding and Farewell

The highlight of the kids’ day turned out to be getting dragged through pebbles. One part of the beach had a think layer of smooth rounded rocks sloping down to the water, and Five Spice had the inspired idea to pull the younger fives by the feet down the slope. They beach soon looked like a sledding hill, with a deep groove for a sledding run and kids trudging up the hill for another ride. Finally though, with the “ski-lift operator” getting tired and the tide rising, we knew we had to head back ashore. Our fun had made us lose track of time, and we were unprepared for the waist-deep crossing back to the car. Fortunately, the warm October sun worked its magic and we hardly noticed the soggy apparel on the ride home.
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