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。
For Thanksgiving this year, we decided not to go for the traditional turkey dinner. First, my husband and I were not expecting any guests here in this remote Maine cottage, and a big butter ball turkey would be just too much for two of us. Second, our dogs are not big fans of turkey meats anyway. So we just made a simple regular meat loaf and a few vegetable side dishes. Easy and simple. But just for deserts, I stick to the traditional American favorite – an apple pie!
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.