Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Knitting Notes

So I really want some good boot socks.    And since I have calves of large size, I'm only going to get them by making them myself.   So here's my attempt: Purl Soho's Little Cable Knee Highs, in Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in the Down Heather colorway.

These are toe up, which is admittedly not my preferred sock making style, but I do want the dang things to fit, and this seems to be the best way to do that.   So far, so good - I'm just about ready to turn the heel. 

Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris

I have to admit, this book felt a bit weird to me.    It almost seemed like one long transition piece.    There was some set up to deal with the fall out from the fairy war, and those that were trapped on Earth when the gates were closed.     There was some set up with the Weres and regular people starting to oppress them.     And there was some set up with the vampire king that conquered Louisiana, but is still in Utah.

And that was that.     There was an ending, of sorts, but there’s a whole lot that’s still hanging out there, needing to be wrapped up.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fort Knox State Historic Site, Prospect, Maine






This is another park I'd visited when I was a kid because my aunt and uncle live nearby.     It's really fun to wonder around with kids.   I went with my cousin and her three oldest boys (the oldest I think was seven at the time) several years ago, and watching them wander through the fort was a a ton of fun.

The other feature of this park is the observatory at the top of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.   It does cost more than the standard park entrance fee, but if it's a nice day, it's worth the extra price.

Reversing Falls, Pembroke, Maine






Finding this park turned out to be a bit of an adventure.   It's signposted from Route 1, but the signs are then small, and harder to spot.     (Turns out if we had used the Gazetter, it actually would have been easier to find.)    As it was, we had quite a drive around various parts of Pembroke before we found the place (and we were this close to giving up.)

This is not a waterfall - it's feature of the tides in this part of the bay, with all the rocks and crannies there.      We saw two seals when we first arrived, and then a succession of ocean ducks seemed to be body surfing the worst of the rapids.    It was a hoot to watch, and we were the only people there.

Cobscook Bay State Park, Edmunds, Maine





Cobscook Bay State Park is not much further up Route 1 than the turn off to Lubec.    There's some lovely shoreline scenery in what's starting to be the land of more extreme tides.   (Cobscook is the local tribe's word for boiling tides.)     One cool feature is you can go clamming - there was a family out while we were wandering about.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jasper Beach, Machiasport, Maine






Jasper Beach is not a state park - it's owned and managed by the town of Machiasport.      It's not even labelled in our slightly older version of the Delorme Maine Gazetter (look for Howard Cove), but it is is sign-posted from Route 1 in Machias, and it's worth the detour.

It's an interesting glacial feature (you can read more about that here) that ended as a mostly red-colored pebble beach.   (It's actually rhyolite, and not jasper, but who's keeping track?)    The scale is incredible - that's the BF in the top photo, and he's not a small guy.

Roque Bluffs State Park, Roque Bluffs, Maine





Oh, have I mentioned that our main day out was foggy, or rainy, or drizzly, or some combination of those?    There was some blue sky, I swear.  You can see it in the fourth picture, right?

Anyway, Roque Bluffs has both an ocean beach,and a pond to swim in, which just may make it the perfect beach park.