Thursday, August 13, 2009
Yesterday, we ventured out to Mackworth Island, across the causeway to Falmouth, under threatening skies to hike the perimeter trail. It had been a few years since we had been out there. In 1946, Governor Percival Proctor Baxter donated Mackworth Island, at the mouth of the Presumpscot River to the State of Maine. The 1 ¼ mile trail that loops the island's approximate 100 acres has magnificent views of of Casco Bay and Portland. I had forgotten what a different look Portland has from over here. Along the way, you can see plenty of activity on the water: seabirds, island ferries, lobster boats working their traps or maybe just a couple of friends dropping a line for the afternoon. Now a bit of trivia-- also on the island are the gravesites of the Governor's two dogs and his horse. Mackworth Island is now the home of the Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf. One of those wonderful close get-a-ways from the city... take a hike, bring a picnic lunch or dinner and take in the city and island views. Great time... for FREE!