I love to explore the less-frequented sections of Greater Portland. I’ve lived in the area for my entire life, so there aren’t many local attractions that I’m not privy to. Thus, I like to challenge myself to find places nearby that I’ve overlooked or ignored. One of those places is the Fore River Sanctuary.
I have an aunt who brought my brother and I to this spot when we were kids. Other than that, I’d given the place little thought. It’s directly off of a substantially busy route that connects Portland to the Portland Jetport and the Maine Mall in South Portland. I don’t think many people slow down enough when traversing that part of town to even realize the 2 mile trail exists.
Luckily, having a dog pushed me to branch out and discover new, picturesque places to take walks.
This is my favorite time of year for taking walks. Every step is different – in one stride I’m crunching dead leaves and in another I’m sliding into a thick patch of mud. It’s chilly enough that I never work up a sweat on our wanderings, and I love the pre-walk ritual of bundling myself in sweaters and scarves to stay warm. After our travels there is always hot cider or tea. November in Maine is the most cozy and comforting of times. I hope we don’t get much more snow this month – I’m hoping to take full advantage of the perfect weather as often as possible.