Pumped by the news that our sister-in-law Becky is coming to Maine, Hannah and I have just the trail for us all to hike. Thanks to the recommendation of our friends, Donna and George, we head 30 minutes north from our home in York for the Emmons Preserve curated by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.
Yes, that Kennebunkport, home of the presidential Bushes (41 and 43). By the way, we are tight with Becky as she married Hannah’s older brother, Doug.
Let me tell you Becky has lived a full life. She spent a year as a child in Australia with her family, went to college in Colorado, earned a piano performance Master’s at our Ithaca College, worked aside her hubby Doug for twenty years on a buffalo farm, dealt with Doug’s early death at the age of 56, came to Maine to care for her mom, spent a year WOOF-ing (volunteering on farms and homesteads from South Carolina to Arkansas to New Mexico for no pay but for room and board), and currently resides in North Carolina as a talented musician with her guy Derek.
Meeting on a Friday in late May at the spectacular Emmons Preserve in Kennebunkport, we three lunch on Hannah’s cole slaw and chicken salad on the visitor’s center’s upper deck. Becky has brought a frog to place on Hannah’s Frog Wall and Hannah found a mug from Becky’s Diner (Portland, Maine) for our Becky.
Heading out on the wide Batson River Trail (detailed trail map at the end of the blog), we stumble upon and are blown away by the stone labyrinth of rocks donated by locals to commemorate a loved one.
Crossing the creek, we have a clearly marked trail into the wilds of Kennebunkport. In mid-May the spring green leaves spread a softness all around us. We catch up on Becky’s adult kids out Oregon way and share our times with our five grandchildren in Massachusetts and New York state.
After 45 minutes we have still not reached the terminus of the Batson River Trail but turn around to return to the trailhead for our good-byes.
Fact is, there are no good-byes. There’s just see you soon, raccoon and blow a kiss, jellyfish.