On the way back home after school vacation week, we planned our return trip so we would have a chance to see Sam play his last rugby game of the spring in southern Maine. As we rolled across the state line we still had a couple of hours to kill, so we stopped off at a place that none of us remember visiting before… Old Orchard Beach. What a neat place!
The beach and not-yet-open pier were shrouded in fog, but the relatively warm temperatures made it feel like summer… almost! French fries with gravy (a favorite of mine) were ordered and devoured, and the local pizza we sampled wasn’t too bad either. We spent a ton of time and had a blast in the classic games arcade, and Jack was more than pleased with the prizes he traded his tickets for. I can’t imagine how crowded this place gets in the summer months, but one thing I am sure of… it must be classic Americana.
I wandered in underneath the pier and found the structure below to be absolutely fascinating – I can see why it is a favorite haunt of local photographers. I spent a little time playing tag with the incoming waves trying to get further out under the pier without getting wet, and although I like the image above, I think this is definitely one of those places to return to with a tripod for some experimentation with longer exposures. Cool view, eh?
* Here’s the last in black and white…