Every summer for the last several years, my family has spent our summer vacation in Stonington, Maine. We like Stonington because you get that salty air and the crashing Atlantic waves and the delectable lobster without all the hustle and bustle of the touristy beach towns of Maine. There are some touristy things in the area, but Stonington is more of a sleepy fisherman's village. We like that we can slow down, breathe, and spend lots of time doing absolutely nothing but looking at the sky and the big ocean.
Stonington is on Penobscot Bay, and what's great about where we stay is that from one particular vantage point at Sand Beach, which juts out and faces the bay westward, you can actually watch the sun set over the water! Not an expected sight on the East Coast, to be sure. My wife has taken a picture of the sunset over the water from Sand Beach, and it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
When we're in Stonington, some friends who live nearby often take us out on their boat. We get to see the lovely islands in the area and watch the sea lions basking on the rocks. I like looking down into the gray depths of the ocean, pondering what scary and wonderful things lurk beneath the waves. It was this coastline that inspired perhaps the greatest American novel, Moby Dick. In Stonington, for me anyway, it is difficult not to think the world is beautiful. Even the sight of tired lobstermen hauling in their catches, hands raw from the salty water and clothes dirty with sand and grease, has a beauty to it, a glory.
I have not traveled as extensively as I'd like, but I've seen both jungles and deserts. I've seen oceans and landlocked plains. I've seen big cities and tiny villages. And ...
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