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The boys scoffed at us last night when we told them that we had heard on the television that the town of Wells had recommended that no one swim in the ocean due to the severe weather. “How much worse could it be?” was the resounding cry of boys who had enjoyed themselves so much that day in the ocean with the crazy waves. By about 2 p.m. the lifeguards were pulling everyone out of the water – rain was coming and so were the more severe waves when high tide was to hit.
This evening, we learned that a little girl from New York state died when she and I presume her family were merely sightseeing the “awesome” waves that were hitting the Maine coastline this afternoon from the storm. The waves took 5 sightseers right off the rocks and into the water, prompting a Coast Guard rescue. Unfortunately, while 4 people were rescued the 5th, a little girl, did not survive and could not be resuscitated. The tragedy reminds us that we must respect the ocean and its power. Mother Nature should not be messed with by anyone. And it is another reminder to us and the boys, that sometimes, we adults really do know best.
Here is a video of one of the rescues that the Coast Guard undertook not that much further away from where we are now staying.
The waves definitely kicked up for the last part of the week. The boys had a blast in the surf with the high waves. Here are some pictures. Tom’s mother and I had to keep retreating up onto the rocks due to the ferocity of the waves and the disappearing beach. All in vain however since we returned two drowned looking rats despite our best efforts.
We were fortunate that we missed the rain that hit most of the rest of the East Coast until this afternoon/evening. Due to the incoming weather, no one was allowed to swim in the ocean today so it was a good day to head up to Scarborough and Freeport and hit Cabela’s and LL Bean. We lunched at Pedro O’Hara’s (go figure) and had a pretty good day. We are relaxing now, enjoying our last evening at the campground. The boys were hoping for another campfire, but I don’t know if Mother Nature is going to let that happen. Guess we cannot complain, a night in the camper isn’t bad for the last night of vacation. We could have been stuck in here together all week, now that would have just been less than good.
Tom, Tim and I went off on an adventure. We hopped on the trolley to find lunch at some place different than we had before, perhaps in the northerly direction. We had never taken the trolley north of where we were located this time or last year when we were here. We were fortunate to get a very helpful, pleasant trolley driver who was very patient with our indecision and complete lack of knowledge about where we wanted to go. He offered up a suggestion, Fisherman’s Catch which was a quaint little place on the bay, not much of a view he warned, but a local’s favorite with raves about the food. We decided to give it a whirl. Lunch consisted of lobster stew, followed by a haddock sandwich, fries and slaw. The lobster stew was delicious!
While I didn’t have a whole lobster this trip (some things just don’t work out when you are traveling with such a large group of people, everyone with a different opinion of what’s for dinner) I did have this stew and a delicious lobster salad.
The restaurant was screened and open air so it was great for the day, which was comfortable and sunny. They even provide binoculars to taken in the view of the bay.
Tim had a blast, he was glad that he chose to have lunch with us instead of hanging around with the other boys – this place had it’s own cream soda and floats – the boy was totally in heaven!