Any time you see a Boothbay Town Crew Pickup with a plow attached, heading around Ocean Point in April, when it’s 50F and sunny, you can be pretty sure this n is not for accumulating snow. However, it is quite likely that there was an invasion of algae somewhere along Shore Road, especially in the vicinity of Ocean Point Inn where t portableRaffic barriers have been assembled to help deflect ocean waters laden with all varieties of wearthly adventures. A generous helping of seaweed is often scattered freely across the road mixed with sea gravel, sand and maybe even pieces of wreckage. another onereas along the shore also receive gifts, according to some part, the direction from which a storm came. The stretch of road from Ocean Point Chapel along Shore Road to the remains of ‘Three Trees’ is also often the recipient of many ocean delivery services.
Last week we had a pretty good one from the southeast. With our peninsulas orunning north to south, a southeast strike can be quite rough. It is a broadside of mall waterfront properties in the area. The east-facing monuments are easily accessible ccontact of ocean waves that force their way through offshore islands. The mouth of the Damariscotta River, for example, can turn into a real mess! I saw waves breaking along the edges of “Indian Island/Reed Island”, aggressively crossing the center of this rreasonable strip of land. The recent storm was no exception. There were big waves crashing against that shore. I hope the building survived well, although I assume it has survived similar attacks over the years.
Now I’m the first to admit that I’m a nautical challenge. I’m not the person you should call for a scenic boat ride along our coast. Please call Mark Stover. He is my contact for these events. But even he would have stayed down during our recent visit from King Neptune! But I wasn’t the only one reluctant to paddle to Damariscover. I have heard several conversations and read online about the “nasty” or often referred to as “snotty” conditions in our adjacent ocean. The boats remained docked and at anchor.
One of my favorite ships, the aircraft carrier Jacob Pike, moored between Tumbler Island and DMR, was my go-to for waterside safety. Clearly, seaworthy equipment, correctly “parked” to face rough seas. Even the Pike had her flip flops!
The photo shared today was taken at Ocean Point looking east in a Monhegan-ish direction. This is a common vantage point for ocean sightings, as noted by many people who head up to the point to watch the waves. Lots to see. Offshore towards White Island you could see huge waves crashing over the ledges and onto the rocky shore. It was quite a spectacle which, fortunately, I observed from a safe distance.