In the middle of June, I paused my nature explorations and decided to try and really see my local area; to try and discover what wows the tourist when they visit the area. At first, I thought this would be difficult, since a tourist town along the coast seems to exist only to lure visitors into the stores along the main street. But what else would they be looking for when they finally got away from the downtown area?
My first stop was Rockport Harbor; a small port that might be a bit of a challenge for a non-local to find but worth the effort. The driveway towards the harbor was quite steep and angled in a way that would not allow a right turn (there are signs about no right turn in place), so if someone were approaching from that direction it would require finding a place to turn around. However, there was a park with a small parking area across the street with a set of stairs that went down and under the road (I think it connected to the park but I did not explore that option).
At the Marine Park, I found a few interesting items to study, in addition to watching the boating activities on the water. Rockport was a prominent location of the lime industry back in the 19th century, and here was a nod to that history, with the presence of some remaining kilns and a locomotive used to transport the lime. There were some plaques near these structures informing visitors of this history.
Nearby, was the most popular statue of all; a dedication to Andre the Seal. With book and movie credits to his name, he became quite famous in the local area.
I wandered a bit more around the park. It certainly was a place to be lulled into a peaceful state of mind. I even found the perfect place to sit and watch the activities on the water.
My next stop was Rockland Harbor, similar in activity level to Camden but with a slightly different feel. Tucked into a corner near the police station was Buoy Park, a dedication to the maritime history of the area. It was a small park with around a half dozen different types of buoys scattered around the grass. From here, I had excellent views of the water. In one direction I could see the Rockland Breakwater lighthouse and in the other direction I could spot a gazebo across the channel.
After studying this area of the harbor, I proceeded to stroll along the beautiful walkway that follows the curve of the harbor. For this visit, I headed towards the Sail, Power and Steam Museum. The trail went through Merrill Park, notable for the Fisherman’s Memorial anchor near the bandstand. As I approached the YMCA, I stopped to watch a row of pigeons sitting along the fence. Once they all flew off, I continued to the end of the railroad line. Nearby was a sphere constructed from railroad spikes. A plaque nearby informed me that “Ridin the Rails to Rockland” was created in 2013. I played around with trying to photograph the beach roses through the gaps in the sphere before returning back towards Buoy Park and home.