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The Gilsland Farm Audubon Center is situated along the Presumpscot River estuary just five minutes from Portland. We will hike the two mile loop trail watching for Egrets, Ibis, Turkeys and Bluebirds. Bring binoculars.
It is a 65-acre sanctuary with more than two miles of trails winding along a pond and through forest, meadow, orchard, and salt marsh. During the summer there is an abundance of song birds and waterfowl. They maintain a series of bird feeders on either side of the building. There are turkeys in the area and we have seen Bluebirds, Woodpeckers, Waxwings, Finches, Oriels and many others. In the marsh you might see Egrets and Glossy Ibis (in the spring). This will be a casual hike and it is easy to keep social distance. The trails are mostly wide and in the open with some wooded sections. It's a nice two mile loop.
NOTE: The Audubon Center is a nature preserve. They do not allow any dogs, either on or off leash. Thank you for understanding.
Bring a lunch and we will snack on picnic tables near the bird feeders. There is always a colorful show going on there.
Let's kayak (or canoe) from an easy launch site with lots of parking!
I would love to make frequent yak events - are people interested? Feel free to comment below and let me know your thoughts! (I am just a beginner and have no qualifications to teach anyone any skills!)
This is a beautiful location for an introductory event if you want to try it!
If you would like to rent a kayak or canoe, Sebago Trails Paddling Co. opens in May - https://sebagotrails.com/ They will even help you transport it on your car with free use of their foam blocks and straps - https://sebagotrails.com/kayak-transportation/
Join us for a first!
Here's the write up at - https://fb.me/e/28GPrZNIi
Introducing the very first Congress Square Market! This open-air, COVID-safe shopping experience features some of our beloved neighborhood shops as well as local makers and artists.
The May 23rd lineup:
The Sock Shack
The Lady in the Moon
Little Chair Printing
The Cultivated Thread
Craft Candle Company
The Crooked Look
Grab a bite to eat or something to sip from one of our many around-the-block cafes and restaurants!
The market is generously sponsored by Handiwork Portland.
Let's meet in Cape Elizabeth at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, 1.9 mile ( easy) walk along the rocky headland and enjoy marvelous views of Casco Bay, the open Atlantic, crashing surf, and cool breezes.
Walking terrain: Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge, Grass
Prior to becoming a park, the site served as a World War II coastal defense installation with remnants of that use visible today including an observation tower and several bunkers within the park. Along the trail, there are picnic tables and grills, many on the edge of the ocean available to the park visitor. A popular destination for Maine residents and many other visitors, Two Lights State Park allows visitors to enjoy the state's legendary rocky coast. Opened in 1961, the park encompasses 41-acres of rocky headlands. Standing high above the rocky coast and rolling surf, visitors have sweeping views of Casco Bay and the open Atlantic.
Although the park's name originated from the twin lighthouses located nearby at the end of Two Lights Road, there are no lighthouses located at the park. Built in 1828, these lighthouses were the first twin lighthouses on the coast of Maine. Although not open to the public, the eastern light is an active, automated light station, visible 17 miles at sea. The western light ceased operation in 1924 and is now a private home. One of these towers was the subject of Edward Hopper's famous painting "Lighthouse at Two Lights." Crescent Beach State Park and Kettle Cove State Park are only a half-mile away.
Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Bring rain/wind gear, warm clothing.
From North and South: From I-295 take Exit 6A and follow signs for ME Route 77 South. If coming from the north, this can be confusing; after merging onto US Route 302/Forest Avenue stay in the lane farthest right (this will not make you get back on I-295) and stay to the right of the dividing barrier and follow signs for ME Route 77 South. Continue straight on ME Route 77/State Street through downtown Portland and over the Casco Bay Bridge into South Portland. After the bridge, continue continue straight through the first light, and at the second light turn right to continue on ME Route 77/Ocean Street. Continue to follow ME Route 77 for 4.6 miles. Take a slight left onto Two Lights Road and continue for another mile until you reach Tower Lane. Take a slight right onto Tower Lane and follow it to the parking lot and trail head just beyond control station. There will also be signs directing to the State Park from ME Route 77. We will meet in the parking lot.
There may be a $5. ( $2.00 senior fee ) entrance fee at the park.
I will add a sign up for Boone's Restaurant on the waterfront Commercial St. For after the hike. Here is their link: https://www.boonesfishhouse.com/#home-section
Please check details before the event.
Above picture is one of my own, not a picture of Two Lights.