I just never know when someone will give voice to my unspoken yearnings. Way back in December 2014, our friend Tree Mercer over coffee at the Roast Crumb in York, Maine gave words to what I knew to be true in my heart and lungs. She said that she and her hubby Scott go to California in the winter in large part because of their desire/need to both be outside and exercise outdoors more than they comfortably can in the cold of coastal Maine.
That’s me to a T! That rhymes with E. Eureka! (That’s rhyming stretch, I know.)
The next day I bought tickets for Hannah and me to fly to California for two weeks in January. A few years later, we spent one winter month in Santa Barbara and then the following January and February in nearby Carpinteria.
Sidelined by Covid from traveling to the Golden State in the winter of 2021 and then whacked on the side of the head by wildfires in September 2021, we look forward to finally returning to California in 2022.
In the meantime we are getting our exercise and fresh air locally, albeit in the frozen tundra of coastal Maine. Here’s how we do that in pictures.
Locally, often on Sunday morning we drive six miles north to take to the beach in Ogunquit and along it’s Marginal Way.
When wanting to walk out our front door, we walk through the woods to Chases Pond.
Even when we travel, as we did over Thanksgiving to Ithaca, New York, we find a trail, specifically the South Hill Trail with our daughter Robyn.
When the temperature hits the upper 40s we bundle up and bike on our country roads.
In town, we take to the Cliff Walk from York Harbor Beach.
Two major trails in town head to the Harbor Beach – Through Steedman Woods and the Fisherman’s Walk.
With snow still not covering the ground we head the fairways of the York Golf and Tennis Club.
Or we drive five miles to the base of Mount Agamenticus to hike the Ring Trail around the mountain.
Fortunately we have had no snow as of Friday, December 17. And then it is all about to change in a big way as nine inches of the white stuff is predicted for later tomorrow! The universe is telling us it’s time to go golden in the Golden State!
Post-script December 19, 2021. We on Chases Pond Road dodged a bullet with just 3″ of rain-soaked snow by morning.