Our seaside cottage is located near Lubec, Maine. If you see a US map, go all the way to the eastern most point of the shore lines of the Atlantic Ocean. You’d find Lubec right on the border of Canada and the US. It’s a beautiful remote village with no frills. It’s the Real Maine, Real McCoy. My favorite spot is a long stretch of natural dune, called Sand Bar. (See maps below.) A few days ago, on a sunny day, I hiked the Sand Bar with my dogs.
わたしたちのセカンドハウスは、メイン州のLubecという海沿いの村の近くにあります。合衆国の地図を大西洋沿いにずっと北東に辿ってゆくと、いちばん東端のカナダとの国境沿いにその小さな村はあります。ここまで遠くに来ると、夏の盛りでも観光客の数は知れていて、まったく観光ズレしていない「本物のメイン州」が見つかります。わたしのお気に入りスポットは、Sand Bar と呼ばれる場所。細く長い砂丘が海に突き出している。すぐそこにカナダが見えている。下の地図では Bar Road とあたかもそこに「道路」が作られているような表示ですが、実際には、ここには「道」はありません。おそらく何千年も何万年も昔から、そこにそうしてあったように、ただ長い砂丘と浜が続いているだけです。数日前、お天気の良い日にワンコ達をつれて、ここを散歩してきました。
I left my home in NY State on Monday and arrived at the eastern most county of the United States in Maine on late Tuesday night. It was a long drive, nearly 550 miles. I took a long hike in this remote sea-side community with my dogs yesterday.
We hiked good four, five miles. We were all tired; we were ready to go home. “Let’s go back, guys!” I called out my dogs. Then, it happened. I saw Zoolander dashing to a tall birch tree and jump at “something” – something like a ball – clinging to a branch. I realized what it was. My blood froze. “Stoooooop!!!!” I screamed, running toward him to pull him away. But it was too late. When he ran back to me, Zoo’s face was covered with sharp porcupine quills.
There are many natural reserves, parks and trails around my Westchester home, but Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is my favorite of all. It’s over 4300 acres, more than 4 times larger than Mountain Lakes Park (see my last entry). Furthermore, it’s even closer to my home; it takes only a few minutes by car. These photos were taken last week.
On the last day of October, I took my dogs to Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park. It’s just a several minutes ride from my home in Northern Westchester. The 1000+ acre park is vast and gorgeous. The beauty is, we usually don’t see anyone while walking on the trails.
To Denis Coderre (Mayor of Montréal, Québec, Canada):
If you and your city council politicians insist on restricting and banning dogs because of the way they look, then we and all of OUR friends will choose not to contribute to the City of Montreal tourism revenue.
Instead of implementing proven bylaws and programs that work, as long as you are willing to take the lazy approach to public safety, killing thousands of unoffending family pets in order to look like you are “doing something”, then you, your city council, and your city do not deserve our money.
Montreal Please Reverse Your Decision to Ban Pit Bulls!
A few weeks ago, we learned of the potential of Montreal banning pit bulls, but we certainly didn’t think it was going to pass. Sadly it has and it is a virtual death sentence to thousands of dogs in the area, but we can stop it.
For dogs without an owner, the day of the legislation, those dogs will be effectively euthanized. It is worth noting that rescue groups were able to get some of the dogs at risk out of local shelters in advance of the measure passing.