Kathryn and I left Fort McClary and drove down through Kittery, ME. We found a spot along the Piscataqua River where we could see Portsmouth, NH on the other side. A dock with a fishing shack covered in lobster buoys was the perfect photo op! Doesn’t get much more “Maine” than this!
We crossed into Portsmouth on the rout 1A by-pass and the route 1A bridge across Badger Island is still closed. It’s been that way ever since I’ve moved here and I do not know when or if they ever plan to reopen it. I had never been in Portsmouth myself but we did not stop. we drove through the quaint little town and found route 1B which took us to the coastline.
Whaleback Lighthouse, Kittery, ME as seen from Great Island Common in New Castle, NH at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbor 10-25-11
We soon found ourselves on Route 1A in New Hampshire where we drove into a public park called Great island common. though the sun shone brightly the wind just wailed and gusted. It whipped our hair and coats and tried to tear my hat from my head! I grasped the cord holding it onto my head with one hand and my bins and camera with another. It sure made it tricky to take pictures trying to hold onto everything like that, but what a view!
Our journey south followed Route 1A all the way down along the coastline of Hew Hampshire. I have never done this drive before and I was amazed at how close to the coast we were able to get and how pretty it was.
We stopped at one of the pull-offs in Rye, NH where not only did we find yellow-rumped warbler picking in the seaweed along the ocean, but we also saw this pretty house across the street. I love the architecture of it and I wonder if it is a private residence or a Bed and Breakfast or Hotel. I must say that I did not notice a sign out front and besides, I was too busy enjoying the scenery and looking for birds.
This sculpture was right near the house in rye and though I tried Googling it many different ways I could not find anything about it. If you know who sculpted it or what its significance is, please tell me!
We followed the road to Hampton Beach where I took my kids and grandkids swimming this summer. After seeing all the crowds back then It was quite different to see it so empty like this!
Eventually we made it back to the Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Salisbury Beach is on the north side of the Merrimack River. Across the river we could see the northern tip of Plum Island. So close, yet so far away. We scoped the shore line for birds, then headed back to North Andover for one last meal of seafood from Joe Fish. Kathryn started and ended her visit here at this restaurant. One of our favorite days was a trip to Boston, but that story will have to wait for another day. I have yet to process those photos.
I don’t know if I will ever be able to take Kathryn to Plum Island, but we certainly got her to most of the places she wanted to visit while she was here. We had a great time and saw all kinds of birds in all kinds of places. We got our fill of history and scenery and seafood galore. Next time I hope to visit her in Utah, a place I have not been back to since moving away in 2007.Here’s what we did day by day:
- Tuesday, October 18, Kathryn arrives, we east at Joe Fish
- Wednesday, Birding at the Geremonty Marsh in NH
- Thursday-Drive to CT for Mom’s surgery
- Friday-birding at Hammonassett State Beach
- Saturday-Minuteman Monument and Old North Bridge with Gus in Concord, MA
- Sunday-Birding in Gloucester
- Monday-Birding at the bog and a trip into Boston
- Tuesday-Ft McClary State Historic Site; Drive along the coastline
- Wednesday-Kathryn goes home