Yesterday was Father’s Day. The kids, alas, live too far away to celebrate it with us, but Clif and I are firm believers in celebrations big and small. Therefore, to mark the day, we decided to go to Hallowell, a tiny city on the Kennebec River, order Chinese food, sit by the river, and then go for a bike ride along the rail trail.
After a very cool spring, summer decided to make a guest appearance, and by late morning, the temperature was in the low 80s. Did the heat deter us? It did not. Clif and I are plucky Mainers who can tolerate heat as well as cold. After packing a cooler full of water, off we went to Lucky Gardens to fetch our lunch. Clif, naturally, got to choose—one take-away meal is plenty for the both of us—and he picked General Tso’s chicken. (See what I mean about the amount of food? A wicked good deal, as we Mainer’s would say.)
While we ate on the pier, we admired a mother duck and her ducklings.
And we watched a woman in a kayak go by with her dog. What a good buddy to stay put!
I saw a sturgeon jump, straight up and then back down with a splash, but I wasn’t at the ready with my camera. Darn!
Dealing bravely with this disappointment, we took to the rail trail.
While we didn’t see any more sturgeon, we did see this beauty. I am pretty sure it is a young bald eagle, but if any of my birding, blogging friends think differently, do let me know. So wonderful to see the river full of life, especially as my childhood memory of the Kennebec River is of it being dark and dirty with no fish or birds. (I’m sure there were some, but back then nobody I knew spent their days by the Kennebec River.) What a difference the Clean Water Act has made, and I am very grateful for the lawmakers who worked together to clean our polluted waterways.
After the ride, we were more than a little hot. What to do? Go for ice cream, of course, at Fielder’s Choice, where we shared a hot fudge sundae with peanut butter ice cream.
A sweet, cool ending.