Whales, Lobsters,and Lighthouses, Oh Maine! LbNA # 50275
|Placed Date||Aug 23 2009|
|Location||East Boothbay, ME|
|Last Found||Aug 17 2012|
Take Route 1 towards Boothbay to MA 27 south (Boothbay Rd. which then changes into Townsend Ave in Boothbay) after 10.8 miles make left onto MA 96 east (Ocean Point Rd) at Boothbay Harbor and continue on same for 5.7 miles. Make right onto Van Horn Rd., take to the end veer left on to Shore Road and continue onto the Ocean Point Inn.
Start at the benches in front of The Ocean Point Inn, facing the water on the left side of the boat dock. Walk about a mile along the water on Shore Road taking in the breathtaking views of the rocky Maine coast. About a half mile into the walk there is a beautiful old stone Church on the left side of the street, if you’re lucky you may witness a wedding taking place, as we did when we walked by that pretty day. Continue on past until you get to the 90 degree angle in the road and continue onto Ocean Point Walk which is an unpaved trail/grass path at the end of the property line past the bushes continue onto the brown mulch/woodchip pathway to the second Ocean Point Walk sign. Count out 8 paces (16 steps) after this sign and on the left side of the path you’ll come to a fallen tree. Facing this downed tree on the left side under the rock that looks out of place you will find our letterbox.
If you continue on the mulch/woodchip path it will end at a rocky coast which you can continue to walk out on for another 200 yards of amazing rocky Maine coastline. The day we planted our letterbox the waves were breathtaking! We made the news…
The following are lines from “Shawshank Redemption”, one of our favorite movies…when we first heard about letterboxing, we thought of that movie. The character happens to be referencing a place in Maine, appropriately enough. If you’re interested, you may read on…Happy Hunting!
Andy Dufresne: Red. If you ever get out of here, do me a favor.
Red: Sure, Andy. Anything.
Andy Dufresne: There's a big hayfield up near Buxton. You know where Buxton is?
Red: Well, there's... there's a lot of hayfields up there.
Andy Dufresne: One in particular. It's got a long rock wall with a big oak tree at the north end. It's like something out of a Robert Frost poem. It's where I asked my wife to marry me. We went there for a picnic under that oak and I asked and she said yes. Promise me, Red. If you ever get out... find that spot. At the base of that wall, you'll find a rock that has no earthly business in a Maine hayfield. Piece of black, volcanic glass. There's something buried under it I want you to have.
Red: What, Andy? What's buried under there?
Andy Dufresne: [turns to walk away] You’ll have to pry it up... to see.